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Boston remembers marathon bombing victims, one year on

One year after the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, the northeastern US city on Tuesday will pay solemn tribute to the victims of the grisly attack that stunned the nation. The solemn ceremonies will take place at the scene of the carnage at one of the world's nation's sporting events -- in the heart of the city, on Boylston Street. Church bells will toll at 2:49 pm, the moment the first bomb exploded at the race's finish line on April 15 last year.

Lady Gaga, Psy to perform at S. Korea festival

US pop diva Lady Gaga is slated to perform at a summer music festival in South Korea, where her first show two years ago received an adult-only rating from state censors. The festival, to be held at Seoul's Olympic stadium on August 15-16, will feature a host of K-pop stars including "Gangnam Style" rapper Psy, the YG entertainment agency said. Lady Gaga will appear on the second day of the festival, to be co-hosted by YG and a local music production agency.

Badminton: BWF lifts doping ban on Korean players

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said Tuesday it had lifted a one-year ban imposed on South Korean star Lee Yong-Dae for missing doping tests, after "new evidence" came to light. The Kuala Lumpur-based federation did not disclose the nature of the evidence but said the ban on the 2008 Olympic gold medallist and another South Korean player, Kim Ki-Jung, "has been reversed and they are eligible to resume playing immediately".

Suspended badminton star Lee Yong-dae reinstated

By Yoo Jee-ho SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae, suspended earlier for failing to follow anti-doping protocol, has been reinstated, officials here said on Tuesday, a dramatic turn of events that allows the shuttler to compete at this year's Asian Games on home soil. Shin Geh-ryuen, head of the Badminton Korea Association (BKA), announced at a press conference that one-year suspensions imposed earlier on Lee and a second South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, have been lifted.

Suspended badminton star Lee Yong-dae reinstated

By Yoo Jee-ho SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- Olympic badminton champion Lee Yong-dae, suspended earlier for failing to follow anti-doping protocol, has been reinstated, officials here said on Tuesday, a dramatic turn of events that allows the shuttler to compete at this year's Asian Games on home soil. Shin Geh-ryuen, head of the Badminton Korea Association, announced at a press conference that one-year suspension imposed earlier on Lee and a second South Korean player, Kim Ki-jung, has been lifted.

RugbyU: RFU exec bids to stop English talent drain

England's leading clubs are determined to challenge the financial rewards on offer in French rugby in a bid to prevent a post-2015 World Cup player drain. Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has highlighted the importance of making it commercially feasible for members of Stuart Lancaster's squad to reject an approach from the Top 14. It is current RFU policy to only select those playing at non-English clubs in exceptional circumstances, a position Ritchie views as "fundamental" to retain control of England internationals.

Football: Man City stay ready to pounce if Reds slip up

Manchester City know they must keep themselves in a position to pounce if Premier League title favourites Liverpool slip up when they play the first of their two games in hand against bottom club Sunderland on Wednesday night. Liverpool's 3-2 victory at Anfield on Sunday allowed the Reds to stay clear at the top of the table and extend their advantage over third-placed City to seven points. That will be an unbridgeable gap if Liverpool win their remaining four games to lift their first top-flight championship since 1990.

NHL: Playoff schedule

Schedule for the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs which begins Wednesday (all series best-of-seven, *if necessary): Eastern Conference Detroit Red Wings vs. Boston Bruins Game One - Friday, April 18 - Detroit at Boston Game Two - Sunday, April 20 - Detroit at Boston Game Three - Tuesday, April 22 - Boston at Detroit Game Four - Thursday, April 24 - Boston at Detroit *Game Five - Saturday, April 26 - Detroit at Boston *Game Six - Monday, April 28 - Boston at Detroit

Football: USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup

America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden will be leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy for the first time. "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on," Biden assured Monday's audience at the State Department, where the 2014 World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States as part of a global tour before heading later to Brazil.

Football: USA 'ready to play' to win World Cup

America is heading to Brazil "ready to play" in the 2014 World Cup, and Vice President Joe Biden will be leading the cheers for the US to bring home the coveted trophy for the first time. "When it comes to soccer, America is coming on," Biden assured Monday's audience at the State Department, where the 2014 World Cup trophy made its first stop in the United States as part of a global tour before heading later to Brazil.
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