Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack. ''This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,'' former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the finish line, where two pressure cooker bombs hidden in backpacks killed three people and injured more than 260 others a year ago. Vice President Joe Biden, who attended the ceremony, said the courage shown by survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy. He added, ''We own the finish line.'' In the evening, after the tributes were over and most people had left, a man behaving suspiciously near the finish line dropped a backpack containing a rice cooker, police said.
A more relaxed fan base, milder weather and a chance to coach at the top-rated public university in the country added up to Cuonzo Martin making the decision to leave Tennessee for California. Cal hired Martin as the 16th men's basketball coach in school history Tuesday, a decision that stunned Volunteers administrators and players after he had reaffirmed his commitment to Tennessee just two weeks ago. Martin said it was a difficult move but the opportunity at Cal was too much to pass up. I got off the plane and I just said, 'Ahhh,''' Martin said during his introductory news conference in Berkeley.
Aaron Gordon's decision was expected. Nick Johnson had to build toward his move to the NBA. Always a steady player, he boosted his draft status with a superb junior season, earning numerous All-America honors while leading Arizona to within a few seconds of the Final Four for the second time in three years. Now he and Gordon are headed to the NBA.
Former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson visited the New York Jets on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The former 2,000-yard rusher met with the Jets at their facility and took a physical, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't make player visits public. The running back attended the Knicks-Nets basketball game in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, and told reporters that his visit with the Jets ''went well,'' but he wasn't ready to make a decision. The Jets were the first team Johnson has met with since becoming a free agent.
Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are skipping their last two seasons at Michigan to enter the NBA draft and chase a dream they've had since they were kids. You see a lot of kids now making that jump from Canada and I'm glad to be a part of that group.'' Robinson, meanwhile, might have looked at the league a little earlier because his father - nicknamed ''Big Dog'' - was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft. ''He stayed an extra year in college when he thought he wasn't ready.'' Robinson, who is from St. John, Ind., said the NBA's undergraduate advisory committee informed him he would be a first-round pick if he entered the draft and he chose to make the leap Monday night. He turned down a chance to enter the draft last year as a likely first-round pick and ended up having back surgery last season, putting his standing as an NBA prospect in doubt.
At least the New York Knicks can say they won a city championship. Only the Brooklyn Nets have a chance to compete for a real one - though they'd better play a lot better than this. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and the Knicks, playing without the injured Carmelo Anthony, beat the Nets 109-98 on Tuesday night to win the season series between city rivals. ''Hell yeah,'' Knicks guard J.R. Smith said.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks. While baseball began video review late in the 2008 season, it was limited to potential home runs and boundary calls. In one instance, umpires asked for a video review to check the balls-strike count. Selig called the rollout ''remarkable'' but wouldn't say whether MLB would make any adjustments during this initial season.
NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year. The Panthers bucked the odds Tuesday by jumping up a spot and earned the right to the top pick in June. Florida, which finished 29th in the league, vaulted ahead of the last-place Sabres, who had the best odds of winning the lottery held in Toronto. We've very excited,'' said Travis Viola, Panthers president of hockey operations.
Blake Griffin won't be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded. Griffin will stay home to rest, along with J.J. Redick, while the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers close out the regular season against the Trail Blazers. They recorded their franchise-record 57th victory with a 117-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night, when Griffin scored 24 points. ''I'm very happy that we're doing this stuff, but it's not what we want,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.