Radcliffe runs down NYC Marathon title No. 3



Paula Radcliffe defended her title at the New York City Marathon yesterday to become the second woman to win the race three times. Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil won the men's race for the second time in three years, passing Abderrahim Goumri of Morocco with about a mile left. Unlike Radcliffe's tight victories in 2004 and 2007, the world-record holder from Great Britain pulled away from Ludmila Petrova in the 22nd mile to win comfortably in 2 hours, 23 minutes, 56 seconds. Petrova, 40, was second, the oldest woman to finish in the top two since Priscilla Welch of Great Britain won in 1987 at 42. Kara Goucher, in her marathon debut, took third, becoming the first American to make the podium since Anne Marie Letko was third in 1994. She posted the fastest time in a debut by an American woman, breaking Deena Kastor's mark set in this race in 2001. Gomes dos Santos finished in 2:08:43, and Goumri settled for the runner-up spot for the second straight year. Abdi Abdirahman led a group of four Americans in the top 10, the first time three or more finished in the top 10 since 1987. A 58-year-old Brazilian runner died last night, several hours after he crossed the finish line and complained to race officials that he felt ill. Carlos Jose Gomes died at Lennox Hill hospital, according to police. The cause of death was not immediately released. At least two other runners fell ill during the race and had to be hospitalized.

Thunder earns 1st win in Oklahoma City, 88-85


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Kevin Durant scored 18 points and first-round pick Russell Westbrook sparked a comeback as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 88-85, for its first victory in its new home. Westbrook, who earlier sparked a 13-0 run that pulled the Thunder out of a third-quarter deficit, hit the go-ahead basket with a driving layup that made it 86-85 with 2:19 left, and Oklahoma City stopped Minnesota on its next six possessions to hang on for the win.

Bucks 94, Knicks 86: : Richard Jefferson and Ramon Sessions each scored 18 points, and visiting Milwaukee used a strong defensive effort to shake off Michael Redd's sprained right ankle and beat New York. Redd scored 16 before leaving with the injury with Milwaukee leading by 16 in the third quarter.

Et cetera: : The Miami Heat confirmed that forward Shawn Marion broke his nose in Saturday night's loss at Charlotte and will play with a protective mask. He is not expected to miss any time. ... The Golden State Warriors signed forward Rob Kurz, transferring guard Monta Ellis to the suspended list to make room.

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Haas wins points race over Funk, Langer


Jay Haas finished 16th in the Champions Tour's final event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, Calif., good enough to hold off former Maryland golf coach Fred Funk and Bernhard Langer in the season-long points competition. Haas shot 4-under-par 284 - 16 shots behind event champion Andy Bean - at the four-day tournament. Funk struggled to finish at even par in a tie for 25th place. Langer won the tour's overall scoring title and the Arnold Palmer Award for the Champions' money leader. Bean completed the final 14 holes of the rain-delayed third round, then shot a final-round 66 to win by nine strokes.


PGA Ginn sur Mer Classic: : Ryan Palmer made a 10-foot birdie on No. 18 to break out of a six-way tie for the lead and win in Palm Coast, Fla., earning a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour. Palmer, who was at No. 143 on the money list, had to call a penalty on himself and made bogey on the 10th hole, then took double bogey on the next hole with a tee shot into the water.

Et cetera: : American Candie Kung shot a 3-under 69 to win the LPGA Kolon Championship by one shot over Australian Katherine Hull in Incheon, South Korea. ... Robert Karlsson became the first Swede to win the Order of Merit title when closest challenger Lee Westwood couldn't catch Soren Kjeldsen at the PGA European Volvo Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.

On last-lap pass in Brazil, Hamilton earns F1 crown

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Lewis Hamilton became Formula One's youngest champion, making a last-lap pass to finish fifth in the Brazilian Grand Prix and win the title by one point over Felipe Massa in Sao Paulo. Ferrari driver Massa won the race in front of his home crowd, but it wasn't enough to erase the seven-point lead Hamilton held entering the season-ending race. Hamilton said he crossed the finish line not knowing whether he had won the championship. "I was shouting, 'Did I win? Did I win?' " Hamilton said. Just one year after Hamilton lost the title by one point after entering the final race with a seven-point lead, the 23-year-old McLaren driver passed Toyota's Timo Glock on the last lap to become the first British F1 champion since Damon Hill in 1996. Fernando Alonso was 24 when he won the in 2005 for Renault in 2005.

Amaro to succeed Gillick as Phils' general manager


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Ruben Amaro Jr. will replace Pat Gillick as general manager of the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies today. Amaro just completed his 10th season as assistant GM and was considered the front-runner for the job after Gillick said last year that this would be his last season. The Phillies will introduce Amaro at a news conference five days after the team beat the Tampa Bay Rays to capture the second title in franchise history. Amaro, 43, joined the Phillies immediately after his playing career ended in 1998. He worked the past three seasons with Gillick, a former Orioles GM.

Horse racing: : Better Than Honour shattered the all-time sales record for a broodmare at Fasig-Tipton's thoroughbred sale in Lexington, Ky., as a bidding war between the primary owners of the 2007 Broodmare of the Year ended with Southern Equine's Michael Moreno acquiring her for $14 million. The sale price topped the previous high for a mare of $10.5 million paid by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, for Playful Act at last November's Keeneland sale. Better Than Honour produced back-to-back Belmont Stakes winners Jazil and Rags to Riches.

Hockey: : Devin Setoguchi and Milan Michalek each scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks beat the host Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, for their fourth straight win. ... The Carolina Hurricanes scored three times in less than four minutes during the second period of its 6-4 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. ... Ilya Kovalchuk scored two goals and added an assist, and the host Atlanta Thrashers held off the Florida Panthers, 5-3, to end a six-game losing streak. ... New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will miss at least one game with a bruised elbow, ending a career-high streak of 51 regular-season starts.

Tennis: : Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat defending champion David Nalbandian in the Paris Masters final, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, making him the first Frenchman since Sebastien Grosjean in 2001 to win the indoor tournament. Tsonga earned the eighth and final spot in the ATP race and a spot in the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai next week.

Sailing: : Ericsson 4 won the first leg of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, sailing into Cape Town, South Africa, 12 hours ahead of its nearest rival after a gale-lashed trip from Spain. The international team covered the a 7,840 nautical mile stretch in 21 days, 17 hours, 54 minutes. Puma of the United States was second.