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Boston teams unite on emotional day of return

The SportsXchange

Boston sports teams made emotional returns Saturday after the city was shut down Friday while authorities tracked down the missing suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Red Sox players took the field at Fenway Park against the Kansas City Royals with the word "Boston" stitched across their jerseys instead of the usual "Red Sox."

The iconic "B" logo and the word "strong" was painted across the Green Monster wall in left field. The logo was also sewn over the hearts of both teams' jerseys.

The Red Sox observed a moment of silence before Saturday's first game for the victims of Monday's bombings and the MIT campus police officer who was killed Thursday night.

The team also honored those who helped the more than 170 injured and in capturing the suspected terrorists.

As expected, security was tight at Fenway Park, which included a SWAT team member with a German shepherd standing guard.

---At TD Garden on the other side of town, the Bruins made up their postponed game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Black and gold T-shirts that read "Boston Strong" were sold, with all of the proceeds going to the OneFund.

The Bruins wore state police, Boston PD and Watertown PD hats during pregame warm-ups, while the Penguins wore "617" patches on their sweaters, which is Boston's area code.

A moment of silence was observed before the national anthem as pictures of the three who died from the attack -- Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and Sean Collier -- were shown on the main video screen.

---The Celtics wore "Boston Stands As One" patches on their uniforms and specialized warm-up shirts for their playoff opener against the Knicks in New York.

---Boston College canceled all home athletic events for Saturday, including its annual spring football game.


--- The two surviving sons of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe, who died in 1953, won a legal ruling that will likely result Thorpe's body being moved from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.

Thorpe, who is considered by some the world's greatest athlete of all time, has been the subject of a legal fight for decades over what to do with his remains. He has been buried in the town that took his name: Jim Thorpe, Pa., as requested by his third wife.

However, Thorpe's surviving children, Bill and Richard Thorpe, are from his second wife and always wanted their father buried at Indian land in Oklahoma, where he was born and raised.

U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo decided Friday in favor of Thorpe's sons, saying that special consideration should be given to "the sanctity of the Native American culture's treatment of the remains of those of Native American ancestry."


--- Penn State held its spring football game on Saturday to the excitement of Nittany Lions fans.

And those fans looking at TV Guide to see what time the game would be broadcast, were able to read what Joe Paterno thinks about this year's team.

"Coach Paterno has been critical of this spring calling the Nittany Lions a very average team," according to TV Guide.

Paterno died on Jan. 22, 2012.


--- The Nashville Predators announced Saturday that they reassigned forwards Daniel Bang and Kevin Henderson to Milwaukee of the AHL.

Bang has played in Nashville's last five games and has two assists.

Henderson scored a goal in his NHL debut Friday at the Chicago Blackhawks.

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