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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 2:36 AM

Updated Saturday, Apr 20 at 3:03 AM

MARATHON BOMBINGS

LONDON (AP) — London's police force says it will utilize 40 percent more officers at the London Marathon than last year to reassure participants and spectators in the wake of the Boston bombings.

Chief Superintendent Julia Pendry of the Metropolitan Police says there will be several hundred more officers policing Sunday's race, as well as more search dogs.

She said officers in London are in close contact with Boston police and the FBI, but have found "no link whatsoever" between London and the double bomb attack that killed three people and wounded more than 170 at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Police have apprehended a suspect in the bombings. A second died after clashes with police.

OLYMPICS

MOSCOW (AP) — The naming of two Chechen brothers as the suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombing is reviving fears about security at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the resort town on the edge of Russia's restive southern republics.

Officials insist they are prepared to protect Olympic athletes and spectators, and experts said the bombings could convince the United States to work more with Russia on security at the games, with the country motivated to lend a hand in hopes of ensuring security for its own citizens.

There is no demonstrable connection between the Chechen insurgency and the suspects in the Boston bombings, one of whom was killed in a shootout before the other was apprehended.

NASCAR

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Hendrick Motorsports was shaken by the news Friday that the MIT officer killed during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was the brother of Andrew Collier, a machinist in its engine shop.

Sean Collier was found shot to death late Thursday in his vehicle in Cambridge, Mass. Authorities have said Collier was responding to a report of a disturbance when he was killed.

Andrew Collier has been working for Hendrick Motorsports since September 2008.

Five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said, "My thoughts and prayers with the Collier family, and I certainly know it's the same thing with everyone at Hendrick Motorsports."

NBA

NEW YORK (AP) — A recommendation on the Kings' sale and possible move to Seattle could be issued as soon as next week and a final decision made early next month, ending a process NBA Commissioner David Stern called the most "wrenching" of his career.

The committee reviewing the bids by a Seattle group that has an agreement to buy the franchise and a Sacramento contingent that wants to keep it in California's capital city is expected to meet late next week and make its recommendation.

A vote by the full NBA Board of Governors could then take place as soon as the week of May 6, with Stern indicating the owners will first decide on whether they'll approve relocation.

RUTGERS SCANDAL

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers University has suspended its head men's lacrosse coach as it investigates allegations of verbal abuse.

The school announced the suspension but said Brian Brecht will continue to collect his salary. Rutgers did not provide details of allegations.

Rutgers, under the direction of President Robert Barchi and Interim Athletic Director Carl Kirschner, has been reviewing videos of practices in all sports since men's basketball coach Mike Rice was fired this month after a video was made public that showed him abusing players.

Brecht is in his second season as coach at Rutgers.

NFL

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pledged to continue running his family's business — and NFL team — amid a federal investigation into fraud within his company.

Haslam said he has no plans to step aside as president of Pilot Flying J despite federal authorities alleging he was aware of a widespread scheme to defraud customers of the truck stop chain. According to court documents, sales team members said Haslam was aware that employees withheld diesel price rebates and discounts from Pilot customers to boost company profits and commissions.

After spending one day at the Browns' headquarters in Berea, Ohio, Haslam returned to Tennessee to profess his innocence and make it clear he wasn't stepping down during the probe.

BASEBALL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The wife of baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, Mae Louise Allen Mays, has died. She was 74.

Mays announced his wife's death through the San Francisco Giants. The couple had been married 41 years after they met during his playing years in New York.

The team said Mrs. Mays died in her sleep Friday morning in the couple's Bay Area home after a long fight with Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Mays was born on May 26, 1938. She grew up in the racially segregated Homewood section of Pittsburgh, becoming an accomplished sprinter.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Midnight Madness could begin earlier than usual this fall after the NCAA's Legislative Council approved a new rule.

One change would allow teams to hold up to 30 days of practice in the six weeks leading up to their first regular-season game. Previously, teams had only four weeks to get those practices in.

Another change would eliminate the starting time for the first permissible workouts. Currently, teams are not allowed to begin until 5 p.m. on the Friday closest to Oct. 15. The new rule would allow schools to make their own judgment about the starting time when practice begins.

Unless the NCAA's board of directors rejects the proposal at its May 2 meeting, the rule will go into effect this fall. The rules would not apply to women's teams.

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