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Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Wed Apr 16, 2014

- Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack. Full Story

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Ultimate Warrior died from cardiovascular disease

Mon Apr 14, 2014

- Authorities in Phoenix say former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease. Full Story

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Nationals lose to Marlins, 11-2

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- The pitch was high and inside to the Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond, and he didn't like it. So he hollered at Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler and spat toward the mound. Full Story

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49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested at airport

Mon Apr 14, 2014

- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb. Full Story

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Benches clear in Nationals-Marlins game

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia got into a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate, prompting both benches to clear during the fourth inning. Full Story

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Hockey title puts tiny Union on the sports map

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- After tiny Union College toppled the heavyweights of hockey for the national title, its president, Stephen Ainlay, couldn't resist a little cheerleading. Full Story

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Ovechkin says Capitals are in 'middle of nowhere'

Mon Apr 14, 2014

- Explaining early playoff exits became an annual, awkward task for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. This season, for the first time since 2007, they didn't even make the postseason, so now there's something new: real uncertainty. Full Story

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Nats hand Marlins 8th straight loss, 9-2

Mon Apr 14, 2014

- The postgame scene in the Washington Nationals clubhouse included a smoke machine, strobe lights and blaring music, which created an atmosphere akin to a South Beach nightclub. Full Story

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Pro sports becoming more open to paternity leave

Mon Apr 14, 2014

by-case basis. In baseball, a three-day absence usually means three games missed, so the burden on the team, and the potential guilt felt by the player, is much higher. Full Story

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Pace of presidential prep picks up

Mon Apr 14, 2014

- Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included. Full Story

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Duke's Parker to decide Wednesday on going pro

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year. Full Story

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Heat lose 114-93 to Wizards; Pacers get top seed

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- LeBron James' only visible significant role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley's interview amid a loose, upbeat locker room that normally wouldn't jibe with a 21-point loss -- or throwing in a towel in the race for a No. 1 seed. Full Story

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Hearing postponed in ex-NFL player's rape case

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- A judge in Los Angeles has postponed a hearing on rape charges against former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper to await the results of an upcoming bail hearing in Arizona. Full Story

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Chen sharp as Orioles beat Archer and Rays 7-1

Tue Apr 15, 2014

- Wei-Yin Chen pitched better than he had all season, and Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer was never worse. Full Story

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Caps fall to Lightning in season finale

Mon Apr 14, 2014

Matthew Carle scored the only goal, Anders Lindback sealed his first shutout of the season by stopping attempts by Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov in the tiebreaker, and the Lightning edged the Washington Capitals 1-0 in the teams' regular-season finale on Sunday. Full Story