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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.