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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Wizards at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE)
NBA: Mavericks at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Clippers at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Blue Jackets at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Ducks, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Premier League, Sunderland at Manchester City, 2:45 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Copa del Rey final, Barcelona vs. Real Madrid, 3:25 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– Red Sox manager John Farrell likely would disagree, but Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called the first couple of weeks of expanded instant replay “remarkable.”

Heading into Wednesday’s games, there had been 89 challenges, with 30 being overturned, 33 confirmed as accurate and the rest left to stand due to a lack of “clear and convincing evidence.” One such call occurred in Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees game when replay officials could not access the same feed that showed television viewers evidence that a call against the Sox should have been changed (MLB later acknowledged its mistake). Farrell was ejected from Sunday’s game for complaining about the replay system after a call was overturned in New York’s favor, although that one appeared to be the correct decision.

“We’ve had really very little controversy overall,” Selig said Tuesday at the MLB Diversity Business Summit in New York. “Everything in life will have a little glitch here and there where you do something new. And are our guys on top of it? You bet. But I’m saying to you again, you’ll hear about the one or two controversies, but look at all the calls that have been overturned.”

Calls are analyzed in at the offices of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, and MLBAM chief executive officer Bob Bowman said the process needs time to work better, while tweaking ESPN in his comment.

“Technology takes a while to work,” Bowman said. “I don’t know if you ever bought a new car. You don’t know how all that stuff works right away. And if you ever get a new phone, it takes you a while to learn it. We’re under 30 days old, and I know we’ve arrived because ESPN is already criticizing us. And it must be great to be perfect the way ESPN is.”

– The NCAA took a step toward being more accommodating toward athletes when its legislative council approved a proposal to allow Division 1 schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to all athletes, including walk-ons.

UConn guard Shabazz Napier brought the issue to the forefront during the Final Four when he complained that he sometimes went to bed “starving” because he could not afford food.

Schools had been allowed to provide three meals a day or a stipend to scholarship athletes. Assuming the board of directors approve the measure at its April 24 meeting, schools would be able to provide more meals and snacks to all athletes.

The committee also agreed to reduce the penalty for a first positive drug test as long as the drug is not performance-enhancing (such as marijuana). The proposal cuts the penalty from a full season to a half-season.

– Boston University guard Maurice Watson is transferring to Creighton. The 5-foot-10 sophomore, who earlier this month announced plans to leave BU, signed a letter of intent for the Nebraska school and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season.

“We are excited to welcome Maurice Watson Jr. to the Creighton basketball family,’€ Creighton coach Greg McDermott said in a statement. “Maurice has proven over the course of the last two seasons at Boston University that he is an unselfish point guard who also has the ability to score the basketball. I believe he will excel in our up-tempo system. He comes from a tremendous family and possesses the core values in terms of character and passion that our program has come to expect. We can’€™t wait to get him on campus!”

Watson averaged 13.3 points and 7.1 assists last season and was a first-team All-Patriot League selection after leading the Terriers to the Patriot League regular-season title in BU’s first season in the conference. The Philadelphia native said moving to the Big East was a major part of his decision.

“This is a big stage, with great fans, an amazing arena and a new practice facility,” he told the Omaha World-Herald after visiting Creighton over the weekend. “Everything I wanted is right here.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 16, 1977, which Red Sox pitcher made his major league debut by pitching four innings of relief and earning the save in the first of 637 career appearances for Boston?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong.” – Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, at a ceremony marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing

STAT OF THE DAY: 3 – No-decisions this season for Red Sox right-hander Jake Peavy, who has allowed just four runs over 18 2/3 innings, including a six-inning, one-run effort in Boston’s 2-1 loss to the White Sox on Tuesday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard teases some NBA and NFL legends in an adidas ad.

Shaquille O’Neal shows off his singing skills in this TNT skit that includes him smashing Brent Barry‘s guitar.

At the end of Rutgers’ spring football practice, two fans in wheelchairs get to participate in a reverse for a touchdown.

This dog apparently is a big NHL fan.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bob Stanley

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Roy Hamilton was born on this day in 1929.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

A 25-year-old Boston man was taken into custody at the Boston Marathon finish line and will be charged with possession of a hoax device after police blew up two backpacks Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.

Hours after ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the man dropped a backpack that he later said contained a rice cooker, authorities said.

A 25-year-old Boston man was taken into custody at the Boston Marathon finish line and will be charged with possession of a hoax device after police blew up two backpacks Tuesday night, according to multiple reports.

Hours after ceremonies marking the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the man dropped a backpack that he later said contained a rice cooker, authorities said.

Kayvon Edson, who was spotted walking down a rainy Boylston Street barefoot and with a black veil over his head while shouting “Boston Strong,” reportedly faces charges of disorderly conduct, possession of a hoax device and disturbing the peace.

NECN reported that one of the backpacks belonged to its news crew.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni to discuss the Bruins Red Wings series, a possible Seidenberg return, and the power play.

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[0:09:26] ... the playoff repeated a mismatch that they act 2011 who won the Stanley Cup it. And what sort of reluctantly do the second half court Eric's -- dramatically at that. The concussion issues particularly that flexibility ...





According to the Boston Police Dept., the area around the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street has been cordoned off after police discovered suspicious backpacks.

According to WBZ-TV, a man was seen with one of the backpacks, yelling “Boston Strong,” just prior to the area was evacuated. The report also states the man was barefoot and wore a long black veil.

The Copley Station Green Line has been closed while an investigation of the scene is taken place.

According to multiple reports, the area around the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street has been cordoned off after police discovered suspicious backpacks.

According to WBZ-TV, a man was seen with one of the backpacks, yelling “Boston Strong,” just prior to the area was evacuated. The report also states the man was barefoot and wore a long black veil.

The Copley Station Green Line has been closed while an investigation of the scene is taken place.

Check back for more information …

The area around the Boston Marathon finish line was evacuated Tuesday night after a suspicious backpack was found. (WBZ-TV Photo)

The area around the Boston Marathon finish line was evacuated Tuesday night after a suspicious backpack was found. (WBZ-TV Photo)

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WEEI
We speak with Matt Chatham, who re-tells his story from that fateful Monday and looks ahead to brighter things, including this year's marathon.
We speak with Matt Chatham, who re-tells his story from that fateful Monday and looks ahead to brighter things, including this year's marathon.

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[0:09:21] ... three or -- thanks Matt thanks for as a former patriots linebacker Matt Chatham. Who picked up at the rabbit. Inside the forum. Restaurant which is where she was. Game. Life threatening to -- Narrator to the ambulance physically carried her until they got the medical tent in the ambulance. And wooden sleeper. Until the -- doctors with her in the ambulance so that she could -- call and she knew that it was okay she actually know who Matt Chatham -- She didn't find out until later further on down the road she she didn't meet -- again until. Almost a week later I think when she got an opportunity to thank him for what. He did -- and in in her words saving his or her life. Well I liked his point that didn't matter who who Matt Chatham was or anybody else was nobody was his line there were no superstars are no standout who's this everybody. Are doing their part. Doing what they could to help whatever was in for him he's big guy. Play the National Football League so for him it was. Picking somebody up there and and carrying them to safety and for somebody else -- May have ...




Dale, Michael and Steve Lyons reflect back on the event last year, and the good that has taken place since then as Boston came together.
Dale, Michael and Steve Lyons reflect back on the event last year, and the good that has taken place since then as Boston came together.