|Sports Briefs - April 15, 2013|
|Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:47 AM|
By The Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — RUNNING
Two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday about three hours after Lelisa Desisa and Rita Jeptoo crossed it to win the race. At least three people were killed and more than 140 were injured, many seriously.
Race volunteers and public officials rushed to the aid of wounded spectators, and the medical tent set up to care for fatigued runners was converted to a trauma clinic. Runners and spectators were crying as they fled the billowing gray smoke rising from a running store overlooking the end of the course.
A White House official speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still unfolding said the attack was being treated as an act of terrorism.
As many as two unexploded bombs were also found near the end of the 26.2-mile course as part of what appeared to be a coordinated attack, but were disarmed, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity because of the continuing investigation.
The fiery twin blasts took place about 10 seconds and about 100 yards apart, knocking spectators and at least one runner off their feet, shattering windows and sending dense plumes of smoke rising over the street and through the fluttering national flags lining the route. Blood stained the pavement, and huge shards were missing from window panes as high as three stories.
The blasts shattered the post-race euphoria at the 117th edition of the world’s oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Runners still on the course were diverted to the Boston Common; race officials said 4,496 runners had crossed the checkpoint at more than 24 miles but did not make it to the finish line.
Desisa, of Ethiopia, won a three-way sprint down Boylston Street to finish in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 22 seconds and snap a string of three consecutive Kenyan victories.
Jeptoo, 32, averted the Kenyan shutout by winning the women’s race for the second time. Jeptoo, who also won in 2006, finished in 2:26:25.
The NHL postponed Monday night’s Boston Bruins game at TD Garden because of the bombings and the NBA canceled Tuesday’s game between the Celtics and Indiana Pacers because both teams are locked into certain playoff seedings in the Eastern Conference.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis reported for the first day of the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program, a few hours after having an MRI exam at a hospital in Manhattan.
Revis, a subject of rampant trade rumors who has been rehabilitating his surgically repaired left knee in Arizona, did not speak with reporters who were waiting outside the entrance to the Jets’ training complex.
He is entering the last season of a four-year contract. A clause in that deal prevents the Jets from using the franchise or transition tag on him next year, so if he remains unsigned, he would become a free agent in 2014.
MIAMI (AP) — Lined up in front of their dugouts, all wearing No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day, the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins stood for a moment of silence to honor bombing victims at the Boston Marathon.
What began as an annual celebration to salute the man who broke baseball’s color barrier 66 years ago turned somber after a pair of explosions near the finish line in Boston — about a mile from Fenway Park — killed three people and injured more than 140.
Hours later, Major League Baseball went on with ceremonies for the fifth Jackie Robinson Day at stadiums all over the country and north of the border in Toronto.
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds have lost top starter Johnny Cueto for at least a few weeks because of a strained muscle in his back.
The defending NL Central champions put Cueto on the 15-day disabled list and called up right-hander Justin Freeman from Triple-A Louisville, giving Cincinnati another reliever for the start of a series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and the City of Chicago say they have completed a $500 million pact to overhaul Wrigley Field.
The agreement announced Sunday night includes $300 million in stadium renovations that will feature a large new outfield video screen. It allows the Cubs to play more night games and expands parking with 1,000 remote spaces.
DENVER (AP) — Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried won’t suit up again until sometime during the playoffs after an MRI revealed no fractures in his sprained left ankle.
Faried is averaging 11.5 points and a team-best 9.2 rebounds.
He was hurt Sunday while driving for a layup against Portland. He said he had never felt such pain and initially feared a more serious injury but vowed to play in the postseason.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers and Doug Collins are trying to resolve their relationship after the coach told them he would not return for a fourth season.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the issue has not been settled. The person said both sides spent the day working toward an agreement that would keep Collins in the organization in some capacity or free him from the club.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby skated before the team’s practice, but remains sidelined indefinitely with a broken jaw.
Crosby wore a protective mask while skating with injured teammates James Neal and Paul Martin. Coach Dan Bylsma says there is no timetable for Crosby’s return, but called it a positive step for the NHL’s leading scorer.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — After spending two days in New Jersey talking with Rutgers about taking over as head coach of the scandal-marred basketball program, Eddie Jordan returned to Los Angeles and got back to work preparing for the Lakers’ regular-season finale.
Lakers spokesman John Black said in an email to The Associated Press that Jordan was in coaches’ meetings. The 58-year-old assistant coach, who led Rutgers to the Final Four in 1976, has emerged as the front-runner to replace Mike Rice, who was fired less than two weeks ago after a video was released that showed him kicking and grabbing players while uttering anti-gay slurs at them.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel will enter the NBA draft as he continues recovering from a torn ACL.
The 6-foot-10 freshman is projected to be a lottery pick despite sustaining a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 12. He led the nation with 4.4 blocks per game, and averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds.
WASHINGTON (AP) — All-American Otto Porter Jr. is leaving Georgetown after his sophomore season and declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft.
Porter was the Big East player of the year and finished second in the voting behind Michigan’s Trey Burke for The Associated Press player of the year award.
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BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury took Brittney Griner with the top pick in the WNBA draft.
The two-time AP Player of the Year finished as the second all-time scorer in women’s NCAA history, with 3,283 points. She is the top shot-blocker ever, shattering both the men’s and women’s college marks with 748. She also had a record 18 dunks — including 11 this season.
Chicago selected Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne second and Tulsa took Notre Dame star Skylar Diggins third.
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