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Red Sox and Bruins games postponed following Boston lock-down

With a bombing suspect at large and public transport shut down, sporting matters have taken a back seat.

A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child in Watertown, Massachusetts.
A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Image: AP Photo/Matt Rourke

IN THE LEAD-UP to the capture of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, ice hockey and baseball games have been cancelled in the American city.

The city remained in lock-down and public transport was suspended on Friday as armed police officers carried out door to door searches of home, shops and offices in Watertown, Massachusetts.

The officers were seeking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the identified by the FBI as ‘Suspect 2′ in connection to the bombings that rocked Boston on Monday.

According to the Associated Press, the Boston Red Sox have been told to stay at home until a decision about their side’s game against the Kansas City Royals is reached.

On Friday afternoon, Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy commented, ”We’re just following the lead of the city officials and we have no word yet on what’s going to happen but employees have been told to stay home following the lead of the city officials.

”Players have been told to stay home and stay safe and we’re just awaiting any word like everybody else.”

At 8pm this evening, the Red Sox stated, “Tonight’s game at Fenway Park… has been postponed to support efforts of law enforcement officers.”

The Boston Bruins have cancelled their morning skate and it was then confirmed that their evening game with the Pittsburgh Penguins will be postponed.

The NHL side staged a home game against the Buffalo Sabres, which featured a rousing rendition of the American national anthem, on Wednesday.

The Bruins stated, “Tonight’s Bruins/Penguins game has been postponed and tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, 20 April.”

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