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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleads not guilty to Boston Marathon bombings 07.10.13 at 4:21 pm ET
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in court for the first time Wednesday since the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was in court for the first time Wednesday since the Boston Marathon bombings. (AP)

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon to terrorism charges in his first courtroom appearance since his capture on April 19, four days after he and his deceased brother allegedly set off a pair of blasts at the Marathon finish line, killing three while injuring and maiming over 260 others.

Showing off a smile through an apparent jaw injury, the 19-year-old Tsarnaev blew kisses at his sisters in court after leaning over a microphone and uttering “not guilty” repeatedly in a Russian accent to 30 charges, including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

The arraignment lasted just seven minutes and took place in a courtroom packed with bombing victims, their families, police officers, and members of the public and the media.

Authorities say Tsarnaev coordinated the April 15 Marathon attack along with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died following a shootout with police three days after the bombing.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested on April 19 when he was found hiding in a boat in a suburban backyard. He was initially charged in the hospital, where he was recovering from wounds suffered in a police shootout.

Three people — Martin Richard, 8; Krystle Marie Campbell, 29; and Lingzi Lu, 23 — were killed by the bombs, which were improvised from pressure cookers. Authorities say the Tsarnaevs also killed Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer Sean Collier days later while they were on the run.

Numerous bombing victims had legs amputated after the two explosions, which detonated along the final stretch of the race a couple hours after the elite runners had finished.

Tsarnaev’s two sisters, both dressed in Muslim wear, were in court Wednesday. One was carrying a baby, the other wiped away tears with a tissue. The suspect’s parents remain in Russia.

Reporters and spectators began lining up for seats in the courtroom at 7:30 a.m. as a dozen Federal Protective Service officers and bomb-sniffing dogs surrounded the courthouse.

Four hours before the hearing, the defendant arrived at the courthouse in a four-vehicle motorcade that included a van, a Humvee and a state police car.

A group of about a dozen Tsarnaev supporters cheered as the motorcade arrived. The demonstrators yelled, “Justice for Jahar!” as Tsarnaev is known. One woman held a sign that said, “Free Jahar.”

Lacey Buckley, 23, traveled from her home in Wenatchee, Wash., to attend the arraignment. Buckley said she has never met Tsarnaev but came because she believes he’s innocent. “I just think so many of his rights were violated. They almost murdered an unarmed kid in a boat,” she told The Associated Press.

According to prosecutors, Tsarnaev, wrote about his motivations for the bombing on the inside walls and beams of the boat where the Muslim was captured. He wrote the U.S. government was “killing our innocent civilians.”

“I don’t like killing innocent people,” he wrote, but added: “I can’t stand to see such evil go unpunished. We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all.”

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Second suspect reported ‘pinned down’ by authorities in Watertown 04.19.13 at 7:39 pm ET
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The second suspect wanted by federal, state and local authorities for Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, the killing of an MIT police officer and the wounding of transit police officer has been cornered and pinned down inside a boat on Franklin Street in Watertown, according to various media outlets.

The sound of gunfire was reported Friday evening in Watertown, where authorities had been searching for the lone surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Emergency and military vehicles sped through town. Police told The Associated Press that multiple shots had been fired. Boston police said people should stay inside around a street in Watertown, 10 miles west of Boston.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether authorities had found 19-year-old college student Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev had fled on foot after a furious overnight gun battle that left 200 spent rounds behind and after a wild car chase in which he and his brother hurled explosives at police, authorities said. His brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in the shootout, run over by his younger brother in a car as he lay wounded, according to investigators.

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Report: Jack Parker to announce his retirement on Monday 03.10.13 at 7:09 pm ET
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Jack Parker (left) has become a college hockey legend while coaching Boston University. (AP)

Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker will take the occasion of his 68th birthday to announce his retirement Monday, according to a report by ESPN.

The college hockey coaching legend has coached the Terriers for 40 seasons, winning three national championships and leading BU to 24 NCAA hockey tournament berths, more than any coach in history.

His 894 career victories are the most by a coach with one school, and third most all-time, trailing current Boston College coach Jerry York and former Michigan State coach Ron Mason.

Under Parker, BU also won seven Hockey East titles and 21 Beanpot championships. This season has been an up-and-down campaign for Parker’s Terriers. They finished the regular season with an 18-15-2 mark, and will face Merrimack in the quarterfinals of the Hockey East tournament next weekend.

The Terriers suffered two bad losses in the Beanpot this year when they were beaten by Northeastern and Harvard in back-to-back Mondays in February, finishing in last place. Below is Parker’s post-game press conference from the Northeastern loss on Feb. 4.

The last 18 months have been difficult for Parker and his legacy at the Boston hockey institution. A report commissioned by the school concluded that hockey players were given star treatment and lived in a “culture of sexual entitlement”, chronicling several inappropriate incidents. The report was commissioned after two BU players were charged with sexual assault, in different incidents, less than three months apart.

The report did not conclude that Parker knew of the inappropriate behavior, but led to Parker vacating his title as executive athletic director.

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BC handles Harvard, earns Beanpot title date with Northeastern 02.04.13 at 10:37 pm ET
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Boston College forward Quinn Smith (27) beats Harvard goalie Raphael Girard for a first-period goal. (AP)

Quinn Smith scored twice and senior goalie Parker Milner stopped 19-of-20 shots as Boston College advanced to its fourth consecutive Beanpot title game with a 4-1 victory over Harvard in Monday night’s nightcap at TD Garden. The Eagles dominated the game, outshooting Harvard 46-20.

The fifth-ranked Eagles (16-7-2) will face underdog Northeastern, which upset Boston University, 3-2, in Monday’s first game.

After Harvard (5-15-1) had a couple of early scoring chances in the first period, the Eagles dominated the game the rest of the way. BC finally broke the ice when Smith parked himself in the low slot in front of Raphael Girard and collected the puck from Patrick Wey. Smith beat Girard up top glove side for the 1-0 lead with just 28.8 seconds left in the first. BC carried the play in the final 15 minutes of the period and outshot Harvard 15-8 in the first period.

Girard kept Harvard close in the second, but the Crimson could not capitalize on a pair of power plays. Late in the period, BC put the game out of reach with a pair of goals 51 seconds apart.

Smith scored his second of the game and fourth of the season at 18:18 of the second. Less than a minute later, with BC on the power play, Michael Matheson beat Girard from the right circle to make it 3-0 Eagles. Boston College held a 31-14 shots advantage after 40 minutes.

Harvard senior Danny Biega ruined the shutout for Milner and BC with his first of the season with a goal at 9:17 of the third. But Steven Whitney got that marker back with an unassisted goal of his own with 5:02 left in the game.

BC will look for its fourth straight Beanpot next Monday night and its fifth in six years while Northeastern will be gunning for it’s first since 1988 and just its fifth in school history.

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Huskies can sniff a chance at their first Beanpot since 1988 02.04.13 at 10:06 pm ET
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Northeastern forward Kevin Roy scored a hat trick while Chris Rawlings stopped 32 of 34 shots in goal as the Northeastern Huskies beat the Boston University Terriers 3-2 Monday night in the opening round of the 2013 Beanpot championship at TD Garden. Northeastern coach Jim Madigan said it was a milestone win for his program.

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BU’s ‘devastating’ Beanpot loss brings Wade Megan to tears 02.04.13 at 9:44 pm ET
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There are losses. There are bad losses. Then there are losses that make the kind of history no player wants any part of.

Such was case for Boston University senior Wade Megan after the 3-2 loss to Northeastern in the 2013 Beanpot first round Monday night at TD Garden. Megan had tears in his eyes when he was asked about being a part of the first class since 1965 to not win a Beanpot title, when coach Jack Parker was a freshman at BU. He cleared his throat a couple of times and exhaled hard before answering Steve Buckley‘s question.

“It’s pretty devastating,” Megan said. “I just wanted it so bad for my teammates, my classmates and my school in general, the BU community. But we have lot of season left. Can’t feel sorry for ourselves, just turn the page.”

It also marks the first loss by BU to Northeastern in the Beanpot since the 1988 title game, the last time Northeastern won the prestigious tournament. The last time BU went four years without winning a Beanpot was 1959-1965.

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Northeastern beats BU in Beanpot opener 02.04.13 at 7:30 pm ET
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Northeastern forward Kevin Roy fires past Boston goalie Matt O'Connor for his third goal of the game. (AP)

Kevin Roy converted a bad turnover from Boston University senior Ben Rosen into a gift goal that broke a 1-1 tie and finished with a hat trick to lift Northeastern to a 3-2 win over the 11th-ranked Terriers on Monday night at TD Garden in the opening game of the 61st Beanpot Tournament.

Chris Rawlings turned aside 32 of the 34 shots he faced to lead Northeastern into the Beanpot final for the third time in five years. However, Northeastern, which will play the winner of the Boston College-Harvard nightcap, hasn’t won the tournament since 1988. The 25-year drought is the second-longest in the history of the tournament. Northeastern went the first 27 years without winning the title before breaking through in 1980. Harvard’s last championship came in 1993.

The win also snapped a 15-game losing streak to the Terriers in Beanpot play, dating back to the 1988 championship game, the last time Northeastern won the prestigious Boston tournament.

Roy put Northeastern (8-13-3) on top just 2:09 into the game. But the Terriers responded when Danny O’Regan beat Rawlings for his 10th of the season just over three minutes later.

Roy was charging down the slot and applying forechecking pressure when Rosen put the puck in front of his own crease, expecting goalie Matt O’Connor to be there. When O’Connor couldn’t handle the puck, Roy put the puck in an open net with 8:24 left in the second.

The Huskies then showed their skill on special teams, killing off a 5-on-3 Boston University advantage for 1:56. Just 10 seconds after that kill, they picked up another boarding penalty but killed that off to end the second and open the third, gaining momentum for the rest of the game.

With 4:38 left in the third, Roy completed the hat trick, beating O’Connor short side for his 15th of the season. Sahir Gill scored with 1:11 left to make things interesting in the final minute but the Terriers couldn’t find the equalizer, and Northeastern punched its ticket to next Monday’s final.

Boston University (13-11-1) lost in the Beanpot opening round for just the third time since 1994. It also marks the first time in over four decades that an entire BU class has gone without a Beanpot title, something that made senior center Wade Megan tear up in the postgame press conference. BU’s last title came in 2009. The last time the Terriers went that long without raising the pot of beans was a seven-year stretch from 1959 to 1965.

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Jared Sullinger gives a glimpse of what to expect at the next level 03.25.12 at 11:46 am ET
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It was an innocent enough comment that gave praise to teammates who picked up Jared Sullinger when he got into foul trouble in the first half of Saturday’s East Regional final against Syracuse. He finished with 19 points and seven rebounds after sitting the final 13 minutes of the first half and contributing just four points to the cause.

With 13:42 left in the first half and Ohio State up, 13-10, the All-American Sullinger was called for a foul on Dion Waiters‘ layup. He sat for the rest of the first half. But a funny thing happened. The Buckeyes didn’t crumble.

“I didn’t know Coach [Thad Matta] was going to sit me,” Sullinger said. “But these guys have played without me before, so they know what they have to do. We just kept competing on the defensive end. I think that’s what won the basketball game. And also in the first half that’s what got the game so knotted up. It’s not the first time they’ve played without me, so I’m just proud of these guys.”

They managed a 29-29 halftime tie against the top seed in the East, playing without a big of their own in Fab Melo. The TD Garden and national audience were introduced to names like Lenzelle Smith, Jr., Amir Williams and Evan Ravenel while Sullinger had to cool his heels.

“Lenzelle had big games before, when we played Indiana and then when we played Michigan,” Sullinger said after Ohio State’s 77-70 win that propelled them to New Orleans and the Final Four next weekend. “Lenzelle, the bigger the game I think the better he plays. With Amir, Amir always had talent. It’s just unfortunately he’s playing behind me and Evan at the time, so watch out for him next year. But those guys, they played big when it came to a big time game, and I thought that was tremendous for this basketball team.”

Watch out for him next year. Was that a message, a hint that Sullinger – a super sophomore – is in his final days as a collegian?

“Not at all. I’m not making any promises but I’m just saying next year you don’t know what can happen,” Sullinger said with a sheepish smile.

At 6-9 and 280 pounds, Sullinger is projected as a lottery pick right now by some NBA scouts because of his ability to score and rebound and dominate with his moves in the post, a precious commodity as witnessed in Boston this NBA season.

Another aspect Sullinger has mastered is the disrespect card – or more to the point – how to play it. Asked about his remarks that making the Final Four and playing for a title was the reason you came back to school for his sophomore year, Sullinger showed the classic chip on the shoulder.

“I appreciated everyone that doubted this basketball team, said we was the underdogs, we wasn’t good enough, mentally strong enough, not physically strong enough, mentally immature, we heard it all,” Sullinger said. “When we was going through that slump in February, everybody was saying this basketball team was kind of on a downhill. We heard negative comments. I want to thank y’all because through all the adversity, we constantly pushed through that. I’m so proud of these guys. It’s just I mean, we came from nothing, according to y’all, to something now.

“We know hopefully it’s not our last game, so we’re just trying to play hard and play smart, and not going down to New Orleans for a vacation, it’s a business trip.”

With next season almost certainly coming in the NBA, it’ll be ALL about business for Sullinger.

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Scoop Jardine: ‘They can say what they want… we’re the best team in the country’ 03.25.12 at 11:10 am ET
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Saturday night’s 77-70 loss to Ohio State in the East Regional final was too much for Scoop Jardine to take.

He broke down in the Orange locker room after the game, maintaining all the time that no matter the result, he still believes Syracuse is the best team in the tournament.

Jardine and the Orange won more than any Syracuse team in school history. They finished 34-3 and just a game away from the fifth Final Four in Cuse history.

Jardine had so much to be proud of this season but the point guard with 14 points and six assists couldn’t do enough Saturday night – and it was painful to talk about afterward.

“I don’t think we ever had any tough times on the court,” Jardine said with tears in his eyes. “Going through a season like that and being as successful as we were throughout the year, it hurts just a little bit more. I’m proud of all 20 guys on this team, even the coaches because we put everything into it. We just came up short.

“I tell you one thing, we’re one of the best teams in the country. They can say what they want. They have doubted us all year. They thought we wouldn’t get this far. I think we’re the best team in the country, for real.”

Jardine is not like Fab Melo – the star shot blocker ruled ineligible for the tournament. He did not come to Syracuse for an NBA tune-up. He spent five years in Central New York – missing his sophomore season with a stress fracture in his left leg. He put body and soul into trying to lead this team to the Final Four.

The likable and adored Jardine represents a four-year class that won more games (119) than any team in school history. It’s a history he now leaves behind as a fifth-year senior and it’s why Saturday hurt so much.

“I think I took full advantage of my opportunities that coach [Jim Boeheim] and the coaching staff gave me,” Jardine said. “As a kid, you go to college, you might try to leave early and go to the NBA. It was never in my mind. I was just trying to be a better person and a better player and that’s what I’m leaving with.”

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Setting the scene: Syracuse-Ohio State for East Regional title 03.24.12 at 6:29 pm ET
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The stage and TD Garden floor is set for Ohio State and Syracuse to battle for a ticket to New Orleans. (Mike Petraglia, WEEI.com)

For the second time in four years, a ticket will be punched to the Final Four at the TD Garden as the top two seeds in the East Regional do battle for a trip to New Orleans next weekend.

No. 1 Syracuse has overcome the near infamy of becoming the first top seed to lose to a No. 16 as they survived North Carolina-Asheville in Pittsburgh. They then dispatched of Kansas State two days later. On Thursday, here in Boston, they survived their closest call, a 64-63 win over No. 4 Wisconsin when the Badgers had the ball, needing just a two-point field goal to win. Instead, Syracuse forced the Badgers into a desperation 3-pointer that fell short.

No. 2 Ohio State breezed past Loyola in their first game and handled Gonzaga, 73-66, to survive their Pittsburgh trip. They dispatched of downstate rival and No. 6 seed Cincinnati on Thursday here in Boston, using a 17-1 second-half spurt to put the game away en route to an 81-66 victory.

Some notes:

  • This is Ohio State’s second Elite 8 appearance under Thad Motta. The 2007 Buckeyes lost to the Florida Gators in the title game. This is Ohio State’s 11th appearance in the Elite 8 in school history.
  • The Buckeyes are 9-1 all time in the Elite 8, falling to Michigan in overtime in 1992 for their only loss.
  • Ohio State is 4-1 lifetime against Syracuse, including a 79-65 win in their last meeting, the semifinals of the NIT preseason championship on Nov. 21, 2007 at Madison Square Garden.
  • Syracuse is making their first appearance in the Elite 8 since winning it all in 2003 behind Carmelo Anthony.
  • Syracuse is 3-1 in the Elite 8 under coach Jim Boeheim, with its only loss coming in 1989.
  • Syracuse enters with a school-record 34 wins and is 34-2 on the season.
  • Boeheim has 890 career wins and is fifth in NCAA tournament history with 48 wins.

    PREDICTION: This is finally the game where the Orange miss 7-foot shot-blocker and Big East defensive player of the year Fab Melo. The Buckeyes aren’t just Jared Sullinger inside in the paint. Deshaun Thomas scored 26 points, including 20 of OSU’s 37 first-half points against Cincy. He’s the active leading scorer in the tournament at 25.0 points per game in three contests.

    OSU 71, SU 68.

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