The women’s World Marathon Majors title and the $500,000 prize will come down to the series finale next month in New York, where either Olympic runner-up Edna Kiplagat or Boston victor Sharon Cherop could overtake Kenyan countrywoman Mary Keitany, who is done for the season. Gunning for her fourth straight Chicago crown Sunday but out of title contention (she loses the head-to-head tiebreaker with Keitany) is Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova, who is looking for redemption after dropping out at the Games. New York’s women’s field is top grade; besides Kiplagat and Cherop, there are the Olympic gold and bronze medalists (Tiki Gelana and Tatyana Arkhipova), and last year’s 1-2 finishers (Firehiwot Dado and Buzunesh Deba) will be at the line. The men’s contenders include former champions Meb Keflezighi, Marilson Gomes dos Santos, and Gebre Gebremariam as well as Olympic medalist Wilson Kipsang and Boston champ Wesley Korir. Geoffrey Mutai, who nipped training partner Dennis Kimetto by one second to win in Berlin last weekend, has wrapped up the men’s WMM crown . . . With home favorite and victor Marianne Vos the only Olympic champion turning up, there were three new faces atop the podium at the world road cycling championships in the Netherlands. Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert won the men’s road race while Germany’s Tony Martin and Judith Arndt claimed the time trials. While Olympic time trial victor Kristin Armstrong was absent, fellow Americans Taylor Phinney and Evelyn Stevens each won silvers in the event . . . Greenfield native Elena Pirozhkova, who came home empty-handed from the Olympic wrestling competition, collected a golden consolation prize at the women’s world championships in Canada, winning the 63-kilogram title. With Adeline Gray’s victory at 67 kg, it marked the first time that the Americans, who finished third behind China and Japan, had won two events at the tournament since 1999.
The US women’s hockey roster for next month’s Four Nations Cup in Finland includes a dozen Olympians, among them three-timer Julie Chu and Massachusetts natives Kacey Bellamy (Westfield), Meghan Duggan (Danvers), and Molly Schaus (Natick). Coach Katey Stone, who will direct the 2014 Olympic team, has three of her Harvard undergrads in the mix: Michelle Picard, Josephine Pucci, and Lyndsey Fry. The Yanks, who are defending champions, will take on archrival Canada, Sweden, and the hosts . . . All three of this month’s inductees for the US Hockey Hall of Fame have five-ringed résumés. Mike Modano played on three Olympic teams, winning silver in 2002. Ed Olczyk competed for the 1984 team at 17 as part of the “Diaper Line.” And Lou Lamoriello was general manager for the 1998 team, the first to use NHL players . . . Tickets for the American Cup, where Olympic champion Gabby Douglas had her coming-out performance this year, are on sale. The event is March 2 at Worcester’s DCU Center. While it’s unclear how many, if any, London gold medalists will perform, the prices are steepish ($39.50 to $150 before fees). They can be obtained at the box office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.