Monday’s Morning Mashup: Road races across world pay tribute to Boston
|04.22.13 at 7:43 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Athletics at Red Sox, 6:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at Nets, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Grizzlies at Clippers, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL: Coyotes at Red Wings, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL: Blackhawks at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ An incident-free London Marathon was held Sunday, and there were numerous tributes and reminders of what happened in Boston less than a week ago.
The race began with a 30-second moment of silence, runners wore black ribbons, and organizers pledged to donate $3 to The One Fund Boston for every one of the 34,000-odd London runners who finished.
“It speaks volumes for Boston and this race,” London Marathon chief executive Nick Bitel said. “It was the perfect response to the horrors we saw in Boston. This shows the solidarity with the British and American people.”
Said men’s winner Tsegaye Kebede: “What happened in Boston, it shocked everybody — I didn’t want to believe it. Sport is not like that — sport is not political. Sport is free from everything. We have to focus more on sport. This is for them [in Boston].
“This is education for those who made this accident.”
Similar displays of support for Boston were visible at the Alexander the Great Marathon in Greece, where runners wore black bracelets with the text “Thessaloniki to Boston.”
Meanwhile, road races held over the weekend across the United States were dedicated to Boston, including one race that drew more than 6,000 runners to New York’s Central Park.
“This is one community,” New York Road Runners CEO Mary Wittenberg said. “After 9/11, we were all New Yorkers. After last Monday, we’re all Bostonians. And I just want to add, I think now we’ve got one world of runners.”
♦ Controversial Liverpool soccer star Luis Suarez apologized after video showed him biting the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during their game Sunday. Suarez, who was suspended seven games for a similar incident in 2010, was not penalized during the game. He scored a late goal to help his team grab a 2-2 tie.
I’m sad for what happened this afternoon, I apologize Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I’m so sorry about it!!
— Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) April 21, 2013
I’ve just spoken to Ivanovic on the phone and I could apologise directly to him. Thanks for accepting. — Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) April 21, 2013
Said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: “Having reviewed the video footage and spoke to Luis, his behavior is unacceptable and I have made him aware of this.”
♦ NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested Friday night in Southern California on suspicion of DUI. He was booked and released about five hours later and is due in court on June 26.
An NBC spokesman said the network was aware of the situation and had been in contact with Michaels but offered no further comment.
Michaels, 68, is bet known for his call of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union. He called “Monday Night Football” games on ABC for almost 20 years before switching networks.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 22, 1993, which Mariners pitcher walked the first two Red Sox batters of the game but went on to pitch a no-hitter in a 7-0 victory in Seattle?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It became quite evident to us that there is a substantial difference between Darrelle’s view of his value and ours,. We felt there would have to be a significant change on either side in order to create a path toward reaching an agreeable deal for either side.” – Jets general manager John Idzik, on the team’s trade of Darrelle Revis to the Buccaneers
STAT OF THE DAY: 16 – Consecutive games to open the season in which Red Sox starting pitchers allowed three runs or less, tying an American League record shared by the 1978 and 1981 Athletics (the Sox’ streak ended in Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Royals)
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Eight-year-old cancer patient Noah Roberts scores a touchdown in East Carolina’s spring game.
LSU coach Les Miles stops his press conference after the team’s spring game to answer a reporter’s phone.
From Saturday, Nets forward Jerry Stackhouse delivers a solid performance of the national anthem.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Chris Bosio
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Peter Frampton was born on this day in 1950.
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