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Heat will rest LeBron, Bosh against Wizards

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:36
Miami Heat forwards LeBron James and Chris Bosh will sit out of Monday's game against the Washington Wizards for rest.
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Report: Sun deal ex-MVP Charles to Liberty

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 18:00
People familiar with the situation say the Connecticut Sun have agreed to trade Tina Charles to New York for players to be named later and the Liberty's first round pick in 2015.
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Arkansas St. coaching gig sells for $11,700

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:26
Arkansas State sold the rights on Monday to coach its spring game to a bidder who paid $11,700 on eBay.
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Source: Pedroia doesn't have wrist fracture

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:55
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia does not have a fracture in his left wrist, a development a baseball source called "great news" on Monday afternoon.
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Sources: Lillard's adidas deal may be $100M

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:35
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard signed a contract extension with adidas on Monday that will make make him one of the highest-earning endorsers in the NBA.
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The Ultimate Warrior died from heart disease

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:33
Authorities in Phoenix say former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease.
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La Russa: Still 'premature' to question replay

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 14:26
Tony La Russa told ESPN.com on Monday that while he understands manager John Farrell's frustration over two key replay calls that went against the Boston Red Sox this weekend, it's "premature" to question the integrity of baseball's new replay system.
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Source: Padres ink 2B Gyorko to $35M deal

ESPN Sports Feed - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 13:34
The San Diego Padres have signed power-hitting second baseman Jedd Gyorko to a six-year contract extension, a source told ESPN's Keith Law.
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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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