Sports Digest: Boston Marathon winner returns medal to city

2013-06-23T21:15:00Z 2013-09-16T18:49:11Z Sports Digest: Boston Marathon winner returns medal to city nwitimes.com
June 23, 2013 9:15 pm

Running

BOSTON MARATHON WINNER RETURNS MEDAL TO CITY: The champion of the men's 2013 Boston Marathon returned his winner's medal to Mayor Thomas Menino on Sunday to honor the city and those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line of one of the world's top running events.

"Sport holds the power to unify and connect people all over the world," Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia told the crowd through a translator. "Sport should never be used as a battleground."

More than 6,400 athletes gathered on Boston Common for the 10K organized by the Boston Athletic Association, the same nonprofit that handles the annual marathon. Spots for Sunday's race sold out in 13 hours online.

"Let me tell you: As mayor of this great city for the last several years, I have never seen Boston come together like it has after the attacks," Menino told the crowd. "Thank you for making Boston stronger."

A moment of silence paid tribute to the three victims killed in the April 15 bombings and to Sean Collier, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer who was shot and killed April 18 in a search for the suspects.

 

Pro basketball

AP SOURCE SAYS CLIPPERS LAND NEW COACH IN RIVERS: A Boston Celtics official tells The Associated Press that a deal to allow Doc Rivers to coach the Los Angeles Clippers has been agreed to.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was contingent on NBA approval and negotiations between Rivers and the Clippers over a new contract.

Rivers had three years and $21 million remaining on his deal with the Celtics, but he has expressed reluctance to coach through a rebuilding process. The 2008 NBA champions appear to be headed for one after losing in the first round of the playoffs this season.

The teams were also discussing a deal that would send Kevin Garnett to the Clippers, but NBA commissioner David Stern said he wouldn't approve a deal in which coaches were traded for active players.

 

Pro golf

DUKE WINS TRAVELERS IN PLAYOFF: Journeyman Ken Duke made a 2½-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat Chris Stroud at the Travelers Championship to win his first PGA Tour event.

Stroud had chipped in from 51 feet on the 18th hole to force the playoff.

But the 44-year-old Duke made the better approach shot on the second extra hole, bouncing his ball in front of the flag and rolling it close.

Duke wouldn't have been there at all had luck not intervened on the 10th hole, when his ball ricocheted off a tree and onto the green to about 5 feet from the pin, allowing him to make birdie.

Canadian Graham DeLaet finished a stroke back in third place. Bubba Watson finished fourth, two shots behind, after making a 6 on the par-3 16th hole.

PARK'S PLAYOFF BIRDIE EARNS NW ARKANSAS VICTORY: World No. 1 Inbee Park sank a 4-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against So Yeon Ryu, capping her final-round rally and winning the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.

The victory is the second straight for Park, who won the LPGA Championship two weeks ago, and the fifth of the year for the South Korean star. She now has seven wins in her last 23 starts.

STADLER WINS ON CHAMPIONS TOUR BY A STROKE: Craig Stadler birdied four of the first six holes, then hung on to win the Encompass Championship by one stroke over Fred Couples by sinking a par-saving 12-foot putt on the final hole.

Stadler's eight years and almost nine months between victories is the longest stretch in Champions Tour history. J.C. Snead had gone almost seven years between titles from 1995 to 2002.

Stadler shot 1-under-par 71 at North Shore Country Club to finish at 13-under 203. Couples' final-round 66 put him at 12 under, but he bogeyed the final hole.

 

College football

BIG TEN, PAC-12 TO MEET IN 2 MORE CALIFORNIA BOWLS: The Big Ten and Pac-12 will have two more opportunities to play each other in California bowl games.

The Big Ten is set to announce new affiliations with the Holiday Bowl in San Diego and the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco to play the Pac-12. The conference and bowls officials are schedule to hold a teleconference Monday.

 

Youth gymnastics

CLASSES OFFERED AT VHS: Summer gymnastics classes will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. today through Friday (cost $40) as well as July 9 through 25 (Tuesday and Thursdays, cost $45) at Valparaiso High School. Children aged 5 and older are welcome. Call (219) 464-8018 to enroll.

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