Marathons pay tribute to Boston
More than a dozen runners dressed in the bright colors of the Boston Marathon crossed the finish line together in the Salt Lake City Marathon on Saturday, providing a tribute to those affected by Monday’s attacks. Lindy Merkley, who also ran in Boston, and her group ran at a pace to complete the course in 4 hours 9 minutes 43 seconds — the time during the Boston race when the first bomb exploded. The race, the first marathon in a major city since the Boston bombings, went off without a hitch though there was plenty of security — both visible and behind the scenes. ‘‘We didn’t want it to be a security event, we wanted it to be a marathon, the way it should be,’’ Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said. ‘‘And I think we accomplished that today.’’ There were about 7,000 competitors and more than 500 law enforcement officials on site, with bomb-detection devices provided by the Utah National Guard at the finish area and around the course. At the start of the race, marathoners paused for a moment of silence then joined in a rousing, albeit rain-filled, rendition of ‘‘Sweet Caroline’’ to honor the bombing victims. Bryant Jensen, 29, of Ogden, Utah, won the men’s race in 2:30:14, and Becky Sondag, 43, of Casper, Wyo., was the women’s winner in 3:06:34 . . . The Carmel (Ind.) Marathon began with a moment of silence and a prayer for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings . . . Law enforcement officials beefed up security for Pat’s Run, a 4.2-mile race in honor of former NFL star Pat Tillman in Tempe, Ariz., and organizers banned backpacks, bags, and luggage during the race to quell suspicion and fears. Many participants showed their support for the people of Boston, wearing Red Sox jerseys and shirts, carrying or wearing signs, and writing messages on their arms and legs.
Report alleges CONCACAF corruption
CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer is accused of violating US and perhaps state and local laws by not having tax returns submitted for the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football from 2004-10, according to the report released Friday by CONCACAF’s ethics and integrity committee. The report accuses him and former president Jack Warner of enriching themselves through fraud. CONCACAF and FIFA have not decided what steps to take. Warner and Blazer have responded to past accusations by denying any wrongdoing . . . Eric Abidal made his first start since undergoing a liver transplant, playing the full match to help host Barcelona defeat Levante, 1-0, in the Spanish league. It was his first start since playing for France against Germany on Feb. 29, 2012.
Brown interested in Cleveland return
A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is interested in returning for a second stint with the team. Brown went 272-138 in five seasons and went to the playoffs every year with the Cavaliers, but he was fired after the team was beaten by the Celtics in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals . . . Novak Djokovic will have a crack at toppling Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters final in Monaco for a second straight year. Nadal defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), in the semifinals and Djokovic cruised past unseeded Fabio Fognini, 6-2, 6-1, setting up Sunday’s match . . . Serena Williams topped Johanna Larsson, 6-2, 6-2, in the nightcap at the Fed Cup World Group Playoff in Delray Beach, Fla., to even the series between the US and Sweden at 1-1. Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson topped Sloane Stephens, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, in the early match . . . The Washington Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his left hamstring . . . Benson Henderson kept his UFC lightweight crown with a split decision over Gilbert Melendez in San Jose, Calif. . . . Mexico’s Victor Terrazas won the vacant WBC super bantamweight title, outpointing countryman Christian Mijares in a split decision in Mexico City . . . Sportscaster Pat Summerall was remembered during a memorial service as ‘‘the voice of the NFL’’ and a venerated figure who maintained a humble approach. Thousands gathered at a Baptist church north of Dallas to pay tribute to a broadcaster who called some of the most memorable games in NFL history. The former NFL kicker died Tuesday at age 82 of cardiac arrest at a Dallas hospital . . . Michigan pulled away from Oklahoma to win the NCAA men’s gymnastics title in State College, Pa. Michigan finished with 443.200 points, and Oklahoma came in second with 440.100. On the women’s side, Florida rallied to win its first title in Los Angeles. Florida finished with a score of 197.575 while Oklahoma finished at 197.375.