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Boston race makes room for those affected by bombs

'Profoundly impacted' by Boston bombings, and pleading for a spot in marathon: 'I need to run'
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

BOSTON - "I need to run."

The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, runners begging for an opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street and convinced it would ease at least some of their grief.

Walks cost Blue Jays in 6-4 loss

Loup walks 3 in 6th inning as Toronto drops 6-4 decision to Cleveland
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - A successful road trip ended on a down note for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Reliever Aaron Loup's wildness in the sixth inning turned a two-run lead into a one-run deficit and the Blue Jays couldn't finish off a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, losing 6-4 Sunday.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was pleased with the 5-4 trip, but knows it could have been better.

Raptors glad to have Game 1 behind them

DeRozan and Raptors teammates glad to have Game 1 of playoffs behind them
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - After an NBA playoff debut that didn't go as well as he'd planned, DeMar DeRozan went home and put his feet up.

"I sat in my room the rest of the day, I didn't leave the room," DeRozan said. "I didn't turn the TV on. I didn't watch any games. I just cleared my mind. Just understand it was my first playoff game."

He fought the urge to go back to the Air Canada Centre for a late-night shooting session.

ESPN to blame for shot clock malfunction

Raptors official: ESPN to blame for shot clock malfunction in Game 1
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - American sports broadcaster ESPN caused the much maligned shot clock malfunction in the Toronto Raptors' opening game of the playoffs.

The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot clocks, frying the power system.

Liverpool closes in on Premier League title

Liverpool takes another big stride to Premier League title with 3-2 win at Norwich
The Associated Press

LONDON - Liverpool assured its return to the Champions League on Sunday, but a much bigger prize is just around the corner.

What was looking like a gripping finale to the Premier League title race is starting to turn into a procession for the Reds after they beat Norwich 3-2 to move five points ahead of Chelsea with three matches remaining.

A look at play across Europe's top leagues as the end of the season approaches:

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Canada through to World Group of Fed Cup

Canada through to World Group of Fed Cup with playoff win over Slovakia
Peter Figura, The Canadian Press

QUEBEC CITY, Que. - Eugenie Bouchard wasn't thrilled with her play, but she was more than happy with the end result as she helped move Canadian women's tennis to new heights.

The Montreal native won both her singles matches in a playoff tie with Slovakia, including the clinching match on Sunday, as Canada advanced to the 2015 Fed Cup World Group.

Murphy delivers for Indians in 6-4 win

David Murphy has 3-run double in 6th, lifts Cleveland to 6-4 win over Toronto
The Associated Press

CLEVELAND - Indians manager Terry Francona gave his team a pep talk Saturday after they lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Cleveland responded Sunday, rewarding Francona with a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

David Murphy hit a three-run double in the sixth inning and John Axford worked out of bases-loaded jam in the ninth as the Indians avoided a series sweep and broke a three-game losing streak.

Flyers rally to beat Rangers 4-2, even series

Flyers rally from 2 goals down, beat Rangers 4-2 with Emery in net to tie series
Ira Podell, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - This win was three years in the making for backup goalie Ray Emery and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Emery stood in again for injured No. 1 netminder Steve Mason and made 31 saves to help the Flyers rally from an early two-goal deficit and beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Sunday to even the first-round playoff series.

Bournival thriving on Habs fourth line

Canadiens rookie Bournival thriving on Briere's line in first NHL playoffs
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

BROSSARD, Que. - Being the only rookie to play so far in the post-season for the Montreal Canadiens has been a thrill for left-winger Michael Bournival.

He didn't get a point as Montreal took a 2-0 series lead with a pair of wins in Tampa, Fla., but he held is own playing on the fourth line with veteran Daniel Briere and Game 1 overtime hero Dale Weise.

Former boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies

Former boxer and injustice fighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies in Toronto
Will Campbell, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Rubin "Hurricane'' Carter, the former American boxer who became a global champion for the wrongfully convicted after spending almost 20 years in prison for a triple murder he didn't commit, died at his home in Toronto on Sunday.

He was 76.

His long-time friend and co-accused, John Artis, said Carter died in his sleep after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.

"It's a big loss to those who are in institutions that have been wrongfully convicted," Artis told The Canadian Press.

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