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Desi Linden becomes first US woman to win Boston Marathon since 1985

Two-time Olympian ends 33-year US drought amid cold downpourCalifornia native had lost 2011 Boston Marathon by two secondsYuki Kawauchi of Japan was the surprise winner of the men’s raceDesiree Linden splashed her way through icy rain and a near-gale h…

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Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving needs left knee surgery and will miss playoffs

Five-time NBA All-Star out for season and playoffs, ESPN saysIrving was acquired from Cavaliers in blockbuster summer dealKyrie Irving, the Boston Celtics’ All-Star point guard, will need surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the regular season…

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When fans attack: how cities handle events like Super Bowl Sunday

From Philadelphia’s ‘lamp-post challenge’ to Auckland’s street riots, passionate sport fans don’t always behave – so how do cities keep them in check?Two Sundays ago, Philadelphia police district captains were granted an unusual expansion to their powe…

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Aaron Hernandez: judge quashes player’s conviction for 2013 murder

Law states conviction must be erased if defendant dies before appeal is heardHernandez died days after being acquitted of separate double killing in 2012A judge on Tuesday erased a 2013 murder conviction against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, ruling …

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Skepticism over racism shows some Red Sox fans don’t know Boston’s history

Adam Jones had to endure racist slurs at Fenway Park earlier this week, and it raised uncomfortable questions for not only Boston but baseball itself

On Tuesday night at Fenway Park, Adam Jones received a standing ovation from the Red Sox fans during his first at-bat. It wasn’t an entirely spontaneous act, but rather an orchestrated “mea culpa” from the Red Sox organization to the Orioles outfielder, who was the target of racial slurs from a section of fans the previous night. It was a nice gesture, coupled by apologies from both the organization and the city itself, but the truth is that Monday’s incident has raised pressing issues that won’t be settled by a symbolic act.

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Orioles’ Adam Jones says he was racially abused by Red Sox fans at Fenway Park

  • Center fielder says he was called N-word and had peanuts thrown at him
  • Boston and Baltimore have prickly history in recent times

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said he was taunted with racial slurs at Fenway Park during Baltimore’s game against the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

Jones, who is black, said someone in the crowd threw a bag of peanuts at him. He said he had been the subject of racist heckling in Boston’s ballpark before, but this was one of the worst cases of fan abuse he had heard in his 12-year career, according to USA Today Sports. The five-time All-Star said he was “called the N-word a handful of times”.

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Aaron Hernandez family wants player’s brain examined for signs of CTE

  • Family to donate brain to CTE research unit at Boston University
  • Player’s lawyer declines to say if head trauma was contributing factor to death

Aaron Hernandez’s family wants to donate his brain to science, but Massachusetts officials are refusing to release it despite turning over the rest of his body to a funeral home, the former NFL star’s lawyer said on Thursday.

Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for murder, killed himself in his prison cell on Wednesday.

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Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez found not guilty of 2012 double murder

Jury finds Hernandez not guilty of killing two men in MassachusettsFormer Patriots tight end already serving life sentence for separate murderEx-NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who is already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted on Friday…

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Sport picture of the day: breaking the tape at the Boston Marathon

Marcel Hug, of Switzerland, breaks the tape ahead of Australian Kurt Fearnley and Ernst Van Dyk, of South Africa, in the wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon Continue reading…

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Man arrested at Boston Bruins game for throwing octopus on to ice

  • Red Wings fan charged with misdemeanor for throwing octopus
  • The tossing of octopi is a well-known tradition at Detroit games

A Detroit Red Wings fan was arrested for throwing an octopus on to the ice during Thursday’s game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

Jeffrey Farrugia, 32, was charged with disturbing a public assembly, the Boston Globe reported.

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Patriots fans sue NFL over Deflategate to get first-round draft pick back

Complaint filed by seven fans alleges common law fraud, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress related to team’s punishment

A group of New England Patriots fans has sued the NFL in an effort to recover the first-round draft pick that was taken from the team as punishment for the “Deflategate” scandal.

The seven fans include a season ticket holder from Connecticut who said the scandal has left his seven-year-old daughter disillusioned and a Florida man who said the NFL’s sanctions have caused him stress and lost sleep.

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Boston 2024 Olympic bid says $4.6bn Games would leave $210m surplus

Bid has attracted local criticismOrganizers say event would create thousands of jobsThe group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6bn plan it says wou…

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Baseball fan hit by broken bat at Fenway Park in serious condition, says family

  • Police say Tonya Carpenter expected to survive her injuries
  • Fan sitting behind woman at Red Sox game says incident was ‘violent’

A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands at Fenway Park on Friday night is in serious condition, her family said in a statement released on Saturday by a Boston hospital.

Tonya Carpenter was struck in the head by the broken bat of Oakland’s Brett Lawrie during a game Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Boston police initially called her injuries life-threatening. On Saturday, a police spokeswoman later said Carpenter was expected to survive.

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Ethiopia’s Lelisa Desisa wins 119th Boston Marathon

  • Desisa (2hr 9min 17sec) wins Boston Marathon for second time in three years
  • Caroline Rotich of Kenya takes first place in women’s race (2hr 24min 55sec)
  • Dathan Ritzenhein of Rockford, Michigan, was the first American, in seventh

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won his second Boston Marathon on Monday, two years after he donated the medal from his first victory to the city in memory of the bombing victims.

Kenya’s Caroline Rotich was the women’s champion, outsprinting Mare Dibaba down Boylston Street to win by 4 seconds.

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Boston’s referendum on 2024 Olympics raises doubts among IOC members

  • Public will have say on bid for Games
  • Poll shows just 36% of city’s residents support bid

International Olympic Committee members are watching with a mixture of surprise and puzzlement as Boston, suffering from a lack of public support, struggles to keep its bid for the 2024 Games afloat.

For the moment, the future of the bid hinges on a statewide referendum in November 2016 – a move that leaves the candidacy in limbo until then and raises the possibility of the city dropping out midway through the campaign.

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Boston to hold referendum on city’s 2024 Olympic bid

  • Local support declining for Games bid
  • Will coincide with presidential election

As local support for the Boston 2024 Olympics declines, organisers of the bid have announced they will hold a statewide referendum on whether to host the Games.

Boston’s bid was cautiously welcomed by most residents when the city was announced as the US Olympic Committee’s official selection in January. At the time 51% of Bostonians supported the bid – that figure has now fallen to 36% according to a poll released last week.

Related: ‘This will unite right and left’: the Bostonians who want to bring down the Olympics

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New England Patriots fans erupt after Super Bowl victory – video

New England Patriots fans go wild in a Boston bar at the end of the Super Bowl. The Patriots beat their rivals from Washington state, the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24 in the biggest game on the US sporting calendar. In Boston, fans spilled out onto the stre…

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Super Bowl XLIX: what the fans are saying in the build-up to Sunday’s game

It’s almost here. On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks do battle with the New England Patriots in Phoenix – and the phony war will finally be over. We’ve heard plenty from the pundits about balls, Brady and Belichick – but what do the fans think about the biggest day in US sports? The Guardian travelled to a chilly Boston and a rainy Seattle to hear tales, traditions and trivia from those who know best Continue reading…

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‘This will unite right and left’: the Bostonians who want to bring down the Olympics

The city’s mayor says that the bid to host the 2024 Games will not be up for a public vote, but a group of activists are aiming to harness a backlash

On 8 January, the US Olympic Committee announced that Boston had won the opportunity to bid on the 2024 Summer Olympics. The backlash didn’t take long: a week later, the group No Boston Olympics held their first meeting since the news was confirmed. Braving the bitterly cold weather, more than 100 individuals from Boston and surrounding cities congregated at a church in the heart of historic Back Bay.

Some were there to talk. After all, there were no public debates that led up to Boston being awarded the bid. The first official meeting on the matter will be held on 21 January. This would be the first chances nearly anybody would have to make their voice heard. Others were there to listen. Despite the bluntness of the group’s name, not everyone in attendance was against the idea of hosting the Olympics. The NBO meeting was a chance to hear a side that wasn’t purely pro-Olympics.

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US 2024 Olympics bid: Boston named as candidate city

  • LA, San Francisco and Washington DC were also interested
  • Final decision will be made in September 2017

The US Olympic Committee has announced that Boston will be the US’s chosen bid city for the 2024 Summer Games.

“We’re excited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” said the USOC chairman, Larry Probst. “We’re grateful to the leaders in each of the four cities for their partnership and interest in hosting the most exciting sports competition on earth. The deliberative and collaborative process that we put in place for selecting a city has resulted in a strong US bid that can truly serve the athletes and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

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