RunningNYC Marathon will go on as scheduled
The 26 miles might be the easy part. The biggest challenge for this New York City Marathon on Sunday could be getting to the start, not the finish. City and race officials said Tuesday the race is still on, but flying in runners from out of town will be tricky, and there may not be a subway to get everyone to the starting line. Superstorm Sandy shut down transportation, closed airports, flooded streets, and left scores of neighborhoods without power — formidable obstacles for the organizers. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it could be four or five days before the subways were running again, which means they may not be available on race day. Commuter trains may not be operating normally, either. The starting line is on Staten Island and about half the entrants normally would take the ferry and others would take buses through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel. Both were closed because of flooding.
Griner is unanimous AP choice againBaylor’s Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-8-inch senior star, became only the third player to be a two-time unanimous choice on the Associated Press’ women’s preseason All-America team, receiving all 40 votes from a national media panel. Griner joined former UConn star Maya Moore and Duke great Alana Beard in that select club. Griner wasn’t the only unanimous choice on the preseason team. Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins were also on all 40 ballots. Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (23 votes), Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas (19), and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims (19) rounded out the squad. Griner and Sims are the sixth set of teammates to be on the preseason team. They helped Baylor go undefeated last season en route to the school’s second national championship . . . Louisville gave men’s coach Rick Pitino a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the Cardinals through 2022. His $3.9 million base salary remains the same, but he will earn a $600,000 retention bonus every other year.
Youth sportsGambling ring uncovered in FloridaAuthorities said they uncovered a massive gambling operation targeting youth football games in South Florida, leading them to arrest nine men, including several coaches with extensive criminal backgrounds who they say exploited kids to turn a profit. The 18-month long investigation started when ESPN journalists brought Broward County Sheriff’s officials surveillance video showing parents openly exchanging money in the stands while watching their kids’ football games. Authorities later uncovered the stakes on Pee Wee games were high, with more than $100,000 wagered on the youth football championship. Authorities said they had no evidence that the players were aware of the bets. Arrested was alleged ringleader Brandon Bivins, known as ‘Coach B’ in the community, charging him with felony bookmaking and keeping a gambling house.
Sermanni tabbed to replace Sundhage
Tom Sermanni was hired to replace Pia Sundhage, who led the American women’s soccer team to back-to-back Olympic gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years. Sermanni has spent the last eight years as Australia’s coach, taking the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the last two Women’s World Cups . . . Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson might miss the first leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinals against Real Salt Lake Friday with a hamstring strain but should be able to play in the second leg Nov. 8 . . .
. . . Lindsey Vonn moved a step closer to her goal of racing against men as the US Ski and Snowboard Association wrote to the sport’s ruling body asking it to consider her request to compete in a men’s World Cup downhill on Nov. 24 in Lake Louise, Alberta . . . The Czech Republic’s ice hockey federation said it fined a club after its fans aimed racist chants toward Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds, who is playing in the country during the NHL lockout . . . Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi won the first professional bout in his war-torn country by stopping Said Mbelwa of Tanzania in the seventh round. Several hundred spectators watched the bout live in a large hall in the capital, cheering wildly when Rahimi won the vacant WBO intercontinental middleweight title. . . . Rachael Flatt, the 2010 US figure skating champion and a 2010 Olympian, will sit out the rest of the season with a right leg injury . . .
Caroline Wozniacki and Roberta Vinci had easy victories in their first round-robin matches at the season-ending Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria. The top-seeded Wozniacki defeated Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-2, 6-2, in 60 minutes while it took Vinci five minutes longer to rout Daniela Hantuchova, 6-1, 6-2.