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Cole Pepper: 36K Run The Boston Marathon, Jaguars Back In Action, And Kuchar Heats Up The Links

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From marathons to barbeque, Cole Pepper discussed the events of the week in his regular sports wrap up.

Jaguars get back to work

The off-season conditioning program for the Jacksonville Jaguars begins today. I’ve spoken to a number of players in the past week and all of them say that they are excited to get things going again.

That’s an unusual mood for a team that won just four games last year, but considering that the Jaguars won four of their final eight games after an 0-8 start.

Golf

Matt Kuchar has been the hottest golfer over the past month. In his three starts before this past weekend, he finished 4th, 2nd and 5th.

Yesterday, Kuchar holed out a bunker shot on the 18th hole for a final round 64 and a one stroke victory at the Heritage in Hilton Head. We’re now three weeks away from the PLAYERS Championship.

Sharks come home to Jax

The Sharks are going to be happy to get back to Jacksonville for the next two games.

They’re undefeated at home, but winless on the road after losing in Philadelphia this weekend. They stand a good chance against Portland on Saturday, but the following game is against the two-time defending champion Arizona Rattlers. It could be a pivotal time of the season for the Sharks.

Suns off to a hot start

The Suns won their last four, including a 5-4 win in the bottom of the 9th against Pensacola yesterday at the Baseball Grounds. The same two teams are back at it tonight.

Red Sox, Marathon mark Patriots Day in Massachusetts

Today is Patriots Day in Boston, which means that the Red Sox will play a day game and, more significantly, they will run the Boston Marathon.

It’s been a year since the bombings there and there figure to be a record number of runners. The organizers are allowing more than 5,000 runners who were stranded on the course last year to run again this year.

There are also first responders from that day and victims of the bombings or their family members who will run today. In total, around 36,000 runners will try to cover the 26.2 miles.

BBQ Championships

Since we’re kind of in between big sporting events, maybe this is a good time to put a wrap on the Jacksonville Backyard BBQ Championships. JAMS Backyard BBQ won the title of Jacksonville’s Amateur Kings of BBQ.

But the bigger story will be told when we get the final tally on how much we raised for the Glyn Cook Memorial Scholarship for Daniel Kids.

The net number is likely to be in the $40-50K range which will be used for college scholarships for Daniel Kids.

You can follow Melissa Ross on Twitter @MelissainJax and Cole Pepper @ColePepper