Former New York Yankees Andy Pettitte Mike Stanton, Roger Clemens, and baseball hall of fame broadcast announcer Milo Hamilton were on hand for a retirement ceremony for shortstop Derek Jeter before the Yankees’ game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Houston. A pair of custom Lucchese boots and a Stetson hat were given to Jeter. (Photos: Patric Schneider/The Associated Press, Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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)