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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Pacers top Thunder, move closer to top seed

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 15:27
Pacers hold off Thunder's late run for 102-97 win
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Devils GM: DeBoer will be back next season

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 15:20
New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello squashed any remaining questions about the future of Pete DeBoer, saying the coach will be back with the team next season.
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Rangers place Beltre (quad) on 15-day DL

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 14:38
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 9, with a strained quadriceps muscle.
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Devils coach DeBoer on return: 'I don't know'

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 13:16
Everyone that arrives at Prudential Center Sunday afternoon will be assuming that it is goaltender Martin Brodeur's last game as a New Jersey Devil. But will it also be coach Pete DeBoer's last appearance behind the Devils' bench?
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Ohio State lands Hokies transfer Thompson

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 12:12
Ohio State has landed Virginia Tech transfer Trevor Thompson.
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Pacers to use regular starters vs. Thunder

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 11:07
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said Sunday that he will use his regular starters Sunday against Oklahoma City.
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Rollins dedicates walk-off homer to heckler

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:30
Jimmy Rollins channeled his frustration with a fan into something positive for the Philadelphia Phillies.
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Zimmerman fractures thumb, out 4-6 weeks

ESPN Sports Feed - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 08:00
Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his right thumb against the Atlanta Braves.
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