The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year absence with big crowds, heightened security and a familiar champion.
Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his title Sunday, while fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo came from behind to win the women’s race. Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba finished runner-up for the second straight time in her hometown event.
Fans again packed the 26.2-mile course, undaunted by the events of the past year. The 2012 NYC Marathon was cancelled because of the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, but not before many New Yorkers were enraged by initial plans to hold the race.
After the bombings at April’s Boston Marathon, bomb-sniffing dogs roamed the course, and barricades limited access points to Central Park. A record 50,740 runners started the race through the five boroughs. (Photos: Kathy Kmonicek/The Associated Press, Seth Wenig/The Associated Press)
The Yankees held a pregame ceremony to honour retiring closer Mariano Rivera before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants. Among the gifts was a rocking chair made of baseball bats, presented by New York manager Joe Girardi and shortstop Derek Jeter. Metallica performed Enter Sandman as part of the ceremony. (Photos: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images; Elsa/Getty Images)
It was a little rainy at the U.S. Open on Monday. (Photos: Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA, Mike Groll/The Associated Press, Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Plunked: Alex Rodriguez got hit by a fastball from Boston starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning Sunday night, setting off an angry scene at Fenway Park and leading to the ejection of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
A-Rod answered with his bat four innings later by hitting his 649th career home run, prompting even more boos and derisive chants. The solo shot began a four-run, go-ahead inning that sparked the Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Red Sox.
The game between the longtime rivals quickly turned testy, with the benches and bullpens clearing in the second and the teams being warned about beanballs by plate umpire Brian O’Nora.
Dempster appeared to take aim at Rodriguez, recently suspended for 211 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case. (Photos: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images, Michael Dwyer/The Associated Press)