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Update 3:10 p.m.: Conflicting reports of arrest in Boston bombings case BOSTON (AP) — Police and reporters converged on the federal courthouse in a jittery Boston on Wednesday amid reports of a breakthrough in the investigation of the marathon bombings and conflicting information on whether a suspect was in custody. Several media outlets reported earlier in the day that a suspect had been identified from surveillance video taken at a department store between the sites of the two bomb blasts, which killed three people and wounded more than 170.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Kyle Brodziak scored a pair of goals, and the Minnesota Wild earned another late-season win by topping the Edmonton Oilers 5-3 on Tuesday night. Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (24-16-3), who are 2-0-1 in their last three games after losing five of six. Minnesota remained in sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race.
BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola plans to donate $100 for every pass he catches next season to charity funds set up in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Amendola tweeted Tuesday that he would give that amount to whatever “Boston Marathon Relief Fund” is established and $200 for any dropped pass. The Patriots signed Amendola in the offseason as a free agent from the St. Louis Rams.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Minnesota coach Richard Pitino has hired a former Gophers player as an assistant on his staff. The university announced the addition of Ben Johnson on Tuesday. Johnson spent last season as an assistant at Nebraska under coach Tim Miles. The native of Minneapolis played at DeLaSalle High School and was a captain and a shooting guard for the Gophers for two years from 2002-04 after transferring from Northwestern. In 2003-04, Johnson averaged 11.5 points per game on a team-best 51.8 percent shooting.
DALLAS — Pat Summerall was the calm alongside John Madden’s storm. Over four decades, Summerall described some of the biggest games in America in his deep, resonant voice. Simple, spare, he delivered the details on 16 Super Bowls, the Masters and the U.S. Open tennis tournament with a simple, understated style that was the perfect complement for the “booms!” and “bangs!” of Madden, his football partner for the last half of the NFL player-turned-broadcaster’s career.
LONDON — From London to Sochi to Rio de Janeiro, the deadly bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon raised new concerns Tuesday over safety at major sports events around the world, including the Olympics and World Cup. The twin bombings near the marathon finish line that killed three people and injured more than 170 people brought into sharp focus the security challenges facing next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer had another four hits and three RBIs to lead the Minnesota Twins to an 8-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. Mauer sprayed four singles into the Target Field outfield, making him 8 for 10 in the series through two games and raising his average to .386. Brian Dozier added two hits and two RBIs in his first career game batting leadoff for the Twins.
HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — Jurors in western Wisconsin say a father had a mental defect but is still responsible for killing his three young daughters last July. Aaron Schaffhausen pleaded guilty last month to three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of 11-year-old Amara, 8-year-old Sophie and 5-year-old Cecilia. But he argued he was not responsible because of a mental illness. Jurors deliberated for about 3½ hours before reaching their verdict.
MINNEAPOLIS - Target says its first-quarter adjusted profit will likely come in slightly below its forecast because of weaker-than-expected sales of seasonal and weather-sensitive items. The discount retailer had predicted profit of $1.10 to $1.20 per share for the February-April period, excluding one-time items. Analysts expect earnings of 96 cents per share. Target Corp. said Tuesday that it expects revenue at stores open at least a year, a key retail metric, will be about flat for the period.
BOSTON — The two bombs that ripped through the crowds at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 170, were fashioned out of pressure cookers and packed with shards of metal, nails and ball bearings, a person briefed on the investigation said Tuesday.