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49ers' Culliver pleads not guilty to charges

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:11
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles.
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Report: Clowney done with individual workouts

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:49
Potential top pick Jadeveon Clowney won't be participating in any more individual workouts before the NFL draft, apparently wary of a Brandon Thomas situation, according to TheMMQB.com.
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Harrell tweets that he'll return to Louisville

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:25
Montrezl Harrell, who averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season, tweeted Monday afternoon that he will return to Louisville.
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Predators coach Trotz out after 15 seasons

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:35
Barry Trotz, the NHL's longest-tenured head coach with one team, will not be back for a 16th season with the Nashville Predators.
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Watson savors Masters win at Waffle House

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:34
Bubba Watson might have made $1.62 million from his second Masters victory on Sunday, but the golfer went low budget on his postround meal, tweeting a picture in the early-morning hours Monday of his table at Waffle House.
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22-time Olympic medalist Phelps unretires

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:31
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
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Dumars steps down as Pistons president

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:23
Joe Dumars has stepped down as the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations, the team announced Monday.
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Sources: Zona losing Gordon, likely Johnson

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:07
Arizona will lose Aaron Gordon to the NBA draft, and the Wildcats are also likely to watch junior guard Nick Johnson leave school early, sources told ESPN.com.
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Pistorius sobs as prosecutor alleges tailoring

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 06:22
The chief prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius on Monday accused him of tailoring his version of how he killed his girlfriend to fit evidence at the scene.
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Security Now A Priority for Events

NASC - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 05:00

No surprise here, the Boston Marathon, more than a month before its 2014 running, announced a number of security changes from the 2013 event that saw the tragic bombing at its finish line.

The Marathon has banned several items from its event, including bags, backpacks, handbags, suitcases and similar items. Not so different from what other events have implemented in the almost year since the Boston bombing, but the severity of the limitations may take some getting used to, since runners often carry their change of clothes in bags that they can check. Many events have gone to clear plastic check bags, and Boston will allow runners to use those clear bags that the Marathon itself gives out.

Boston also is going a step further and prohibiting containers with more than a liter of liquid, costumes covering the face and bulky clothes-vests with pockets, for example.

Here’s what runners can do—they can run with small fanny packs or fuel belts that can carry medication and cell phones, along with a small water bottle.

It’s not just the participants affected by these new restrictions—large flags or signs bigger than 11 x 17 inches are banned from any marathon venue, described as the start and finish areas, the course itself, the athletes’ village and areas where official events are held such as the pasta parties, etc. Signage, for anyone who’s done one of these events, is a big part of the festival atmosphere along the marathon (or half marathon) routes. And don’t count on your son or daughter or Team In Training ‘hero’ to jump in during the last 50 yards to finish the race with you—they’ll be prohibited from doing that as well.

Too much? Too prohibitive? Or a sign of the times. Perhaps a little of all three. Let’s face it, ever since 9/11, security has been on the minds of any event rights holder or venue. The Boston bombing just brought it closer to home and reached out to spectators who were just there to cheer on friends and enjoy the celebratory atmosphere.

I remember my first trip to London, I had a candy wrapper I wanted to throw away and I got agitated when I couldn’t find a trash can to deposit it. It was a few minutes before I realized that getting rid of trash cans was their own security measure. It is a way of life in many European cities, and now it’s becoming a way of life for us here in the states, especially at events that draw thousands of people.

It means extra costs for those putting on the event, but the cost of not increasing security can be hundreds of times more expensive.


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Farrell rips new replay system after ejection

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 00:52
Major League Baseball's replay system was designed to mitigate the human element in umpiring decisions.
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Canucks' D. Sedin hospitalized after scary hit

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 00:30
Daniel Sedin injured in Canucks' win over Flames
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Blazers overcome Curry's 47, stop Warriors

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 23:24
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points, including the go-ahead jumper in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Warriors 119-117 despite a season-high 47 points from Golden State's Stephen Curry.
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OSU's Miller insults Michigan's attendance

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 22:58
Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller took to Twitter to insult the Wolverines' turnout for their spring game after Saturday's OSU game drew more than 61,000 fans.
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Yanks edge Red Sox, take 3 games out of 4

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 22:44
Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer, Ivan Nova rebounded from a rough outing and the New York Yankees beat Boston 3-2 Sunday night with the aid of another disputed replay ruling that led to the ejection of Red Sox manager John Farrell.
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Report: Dumars out as Detroit's team president

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 19:18
A person familiar with the situation says the Detroit Pistons have decided not to renew Joe Dumars' contract as president of basketball operations.
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49ers' Smith indicated he had bomb at LAX

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 18:59
Los Angeles police detained San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon after he indicated he was in possession of a bomb.
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Bubba wins second Masters in three years

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 18:33
Bubba Watson won the Masters for the second time in three years on Sunday, beating Jordan Spieth and Jonas Blixt by three shots.
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Yanks give Jeter (quad) 2nd straight day off

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 17:07
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to sit Derek Jeter for a second straight day because of a strained quad in spite of Jeter's usual protests over being left out of the lineup.
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MLB-best Brewers (10-2) win 9th straight

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 15:57
The Milwaukee Brewers won their ninth in a row, with Kyle Lohse coming within one out of a complete game Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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