Runners around world honor Boston
Marathons around the world were held Sunday, each with its own supporting nod toward Boston. Before the Lansing (Mich.) Marathon took place, local runner Virginia Beard ran the last half-mile that she was unable to finish in last Monday’s Boston Marathon because of the bombings, crossing the finish line to cheers by spectators in Boston gear. Mayor Virg Bernero accompanied Beard and praised her. ‘‘It meant a lot to her, and it was a tribute to the people of Boston,’’ he said. ‘‘Our hearts and minds are with them.’’ Lansing organizers dedicated the race, which started at 8 a.m., when it was 28 degrees, to the Boston victims. The race did have a comical moment when a passing train briefly blocked the race course. ‘‘We checked and there were no trains scheduled Sunday morning, none at all,’’ marathon founder Owen Anderson told the Lansing State Journal. ‘‘But it turned out not to be true.’’ . . . In Germany, the Hamburg Marathon was preceded by “Sweet Caroline” and a moment of silence for Boston. Some 15,000 runners participated, wearing armbands with the slogan, ‘‘Run for Boston.’’ Hamburg organizers have said that they know of only eight people who pulled out because of the Boston bombings. Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, who won silver in the 5,000 meters at the 2008 Olympics, won in a course-record time of 2:05.30 . . . About 1,000 of people took part in the West Bank’s first marathon, which looped around the biblical city of Bethlehem four times on a course that was limited by the confines of Israel’s sprawling separation barrier. The race featured at least one shirt honoring 8-year-old Martin Richard, while other runners waved slogans in support of Palestinians. Underscoring hostilities, Israelis weren’t welcome to join the marathon while their military occupies Palestinian lands, said Itidal Abdul-Ghani of the Palestinian Olympic Committee . . . Olympic champion Carl Lewis gave the start signal at the Belgrade Marathon in Serbia, which saw a record 2,850 participate . . . In Greece, thousands took place in the Thessaloniki Marathon, with runners wearing black bracelets with ‘‘Thessaloniki to Boston’’ written on them.
Djokovic dethrones Nadal at Monaco
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic won the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco, and for the first time in nine years the trophy doesn’t belong to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard’s record reign at the tournament ended with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) loss in the final. Djokovic faced Nadal for the 16th time in a final, and they are 8-8 . . . In Delray Beach, Fla., Venus Williams beat Johanna Larsson, 6-3, 7-5, to give the United States an insurmountable 3-1 lead against Sweden in the Fed Cup World Group. The victory guarantees the United States a spot in the 2014 Fed Cup World Group. Earlier in the day, top-ranked Serena Williams boosted the United States to a 2-1 lead; Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won a doubles match in Moscow as Russia completed a 3-2 comeback victory over Slovakia to reach the final; in Barcelona, Carla Suarez beat Ayumi Morita, 6-3, 7-5, to give Spain an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Japan in a World Group playoff.
Rockies ace Chacin (back) lands on DL
The Rockies placed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain and recalled righthander Rob Scahill from Triple A Colorado Springs. Chacin was cruising Friday against Arizona when he stretched and grimaced after his 99th pitch. He grabbed his side after his 100th pitch and then left the contest. The righty is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA . . . Righthander Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day DL by the Dodgers with pain in his right elbow . . . The Indians placed starter Brett Myers on the 15 day DL with inflammation in his right elbow. Myers has allowed an MLB-high 10 homers . . . Rangers rookie righthander Nick Tepesch said he feels good a day after being hit by a line drive above the right wrist.
Dempsey helps sink Man City’s hopes
American midfielder Clint Dempsey tied the game in the 75th minute with the first of three Tottenham goals in a seven-minute span, and Spurs rallied past Manchester City, 3-1, to move the defending Premier League champions to the brink of elimination. Manchester United can clinch a record 20th English league title when it hosts Aston Villa on Monday night . . . Barcelona has yet to clear Lionel Messi to play, but has included the injured forward on its squad for Tuesday’s Champions League first-leg semifinal at Bayern Munich. Messi injured his right leg April 2 . . . Luis Suarez bit the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during a 2-2 draw in the Premier League and apologized a few hours later. Suarez served a seven-game suspension for a bite during a Dutch match in 2010 . . . Jack McInerney had two goals before halftime to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 3-2 victory over D.C. United in MLS action in Washington . . . In Portland, Ore., Alex Morgan and Marian Dougherty each scored a goal to lead the host Thorns to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Reign in front of a NWSL-record 16,479.
Oilers sit Nugent-Hopkins for finish
Edmonton forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will miss the final five games of the season with a shoulder injury. The team said that the 2011 No. 1 overall pick is flying to Cleveland to have his shoulder examined and that surgery is likely . . . NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested Friday in Santa Monica, Calif., on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said Sunday.