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Boston Bomber doesn’t deny crime

BOSTON — The question, for all practical purposes, is no longer whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took part in the Boston Marathon bombing. It’s whether he deserves to die for it.In a startling opening statement at the nation’s biggest terrorism trial in nearly 20 years, Tsarnaev’s own lawyer told a jury that the 21-year-old former college student committed the crime.“It WAS him,” said defense attorney Judy Clarke, one of the nation’s fo...

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A single step back

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez returned to the New York Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat and going 1 for 2 with a walk in a 3-1 spring-training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.Greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers from the crowd of 9,673 as he stepped into the batter’s box for his first game following a one-year drug suspension, Rodriguez was wearing the Yankees’ white u...

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Josh Archibald gets shots of confidence upon return to WBS Penguins

When Josh Archibald wrapped up his last game with Wheeling by registering a hat trick just before being recalled to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he knew he had to keep producing offense.In his first game back with the Penguins, Archibald did just that by scoring two goals and registering a plus-3 rating in Sunday’s 7-0 win at Bridgeport. The goals were Archibald’s first tallies in his last 23 games with the Penguins, and it left him confident he could produce at a consistent ...

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WVC wrestlers ready for states

Here’s a look at the 15 Wyoming Valley Conference wrestlers competing in the PIAA Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey today through Saturday with their profile of accomplishments and a size-up of their respective brackets.Class 2AColin Pasone, Meyers (106) – Grade: 10 Record: 20-1 First bout: Boiling Springs sophomore Jalin Hankerson (28-8), who was runner-up in the Southeast Region.Notes: In his first two...

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Another chip off the Eagles’ block

Chip Kelly’s latest bold move is another example of his coaching philosophy: “Culture beats scheme.”Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. Both people spoke under condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the teams had not announced the deal.Kelly hasn’t won a playoff game in two seasons in the NFL, but ...

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A Cole, hard move

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have released linebacker Trent Cole.A fifth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005 out of Cincinnati, the 32-year-old Cole ranks second in Eagles history with 85½ sacks in 10 seasons, trailing only Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White. A two-time Pro Bowl selection (in 2007 and 2009) and an All-Pro pick in 2009, Cole appeared in 155 games with the Eagles. He had 795 tackles and 20 multi-sack games.The Eagles also rel...

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Misericordia sweeps two games

The Misericordia University softball team swept a pair of games Wednesday in Florida.The Cougars rallied to beat Alvernia 6-5 in eight innings and topped Elizabethtown 10-1 in five innings.Lori Brennan hit her first career homer and Kristi Seiler and Melissa Parker both added homers against Alvernia. Sam Hare added three hits, including a single to drive in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth.In the nightcap, Parker had three more hits, including a h...

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Cassel fits the Bills in Buffalo

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills have agreed on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills next week and fetch the Vikings extra draft picks.Both teams announced the deal on Wednesday, which will send two undisclosed draft choices to the Vikings and one undisclosed draft pick with Cassel to the Bills, six days before NFL transactions can begin with the start of the new league year. The trade can’t be completed until then, but th...

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Evidence tossed out in Hernandez trial

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not be allowed to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before the killing, a judge ruled Wednesday.Hernandez is on trial for the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee.

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A perfect day for Mets’ Nieuwenhuis

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4 for 4 and scored a run, leading the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday.Dillon Gee started for the Mets in their spring opener and allowed two runs in two innings. He also walked two.Wandy Rodriguez, who came to camp looking for a spot in the Atlanta rotation, allowed run and walked two in one inning. Rodriguez’s chances improved when Braves General Manager John Hart said after the gam...

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