April 23, 2013 |
One of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers purchased two large reloadable mortar kits from a fireworks store in New Hampshire, an executive with the pyrotechnics company said Tuesday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev paid $199 cash for two “lock and load” kits, each of which contained four tubes and 24 shells, said William Weimer, vice president of Phantom Fireworks. Such kits cannot be legally sold in some states, including Massachusetts and California. The kits are typically used for amateur fireworks displays.
April 15, 2013 |
Running back Rushel Shell, who played at Pittsburgh last season, will transfer to UCLA. The 6-foot, 215-pound Shell gained 641 yards rushing as a freshman last season. He was considered one of the top running backs in the nation as a senior at Aliquippa (Pa.) Hopewell High, where he gained a Pennsylvania state record 9,078 yards. Shell will sit out the 2013 season and have three years of eligibility remaining. ALSO: Lane Kiffin releases USC end-of-spring depth chart Should the Lakers amnesty Kobe Bryant to save $80 million?
April 13, 2013 |
UCLA is still going through the process of finding a running back, or running backs, to fill the void left by Johnathan Franklin. That chore could be a bit easier a year from now. Rushel Shell, who is leaving Pittsburgh and looking at other schools, attended the Bruins' practice Saturday, getting the A-list treatment. That included a conversation with Franklin, who gained 1,700 yards last season and is awaiting the NFL draft. "He was telling me about the program - how it's about to take off," said Shell, who gained 641 yards rushing as a freshman at Pittsburgh in 2012.
March 31, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Residents of a Kurdish neighborhood in the Syrian city of Aleppo fled Sunday under intense government shelling estimated at three shells per minute, activists said. The bombardment on the Sheikh Maqsood district came two days after opposition fighters said they seized the strategic neighborhood. Residents were told to leave as government troops fought to regain parts of the district, said Riyad Islam, an activist with the Aleppo Media Center. The mostly Kurdish residents fled to the predominantly Kurdish town of Efrin, northwest of Aleppo, he said.
March 24, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Earlier in the week, the Angels rotation was getting cuffed around. Now, it's the bullpen. Neither left-hander Scott Downs nor right-hander Ernesto Frieri , back-of-the-bullpen pitchers the Angels will be counting heavily on this season, could complete their innings in Sunday's 5-4 exhibition loss to the San Francisco Giants in Tempe Diablo Stadium. Downs was tagged for three runs and three hits, walked two, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch during an eighth inning in which he recorded only one out. Had right fielder Kole Calhoun not started a perfect relay play that nailed Andres Torres at the plate, the damage would have been worse for Downs, who has a 7.94 earned-run average in six spring appearances.
March 22, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - C.J. Wilson was rocked for eight runs - six earned - and eight hits, including two home runs, in 2 2/3 innings of a 13-9 exhibition loss to the Kansas City Royals in Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday. The Royals improved to 19-6-1 this spring; the Angels fell to 6-15-4. The Royals scored seven of those runs off Wilson in the third, which featured Salvador Perez's two-run single, Eric Hosmer's two-run homer to center and Jeff Francoeur's prodigious solo shot to center, which sailed over the 30-foot-high batter's eye, which is 420 feet from home plate.