The New York City Marathon is a go for Sunday, and while logistical questions persist one thing is certain: The 26-mile route will have...

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Mayor says New York City race to go on in wake of Sandy

The New York City Marathon is a go for Sunday, and while logistical questions persist one thing is certain: The 26-mile route will have a disaster for a backdrop.

And a debate.

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“I think some people said you shouldn’t run the marathon,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday. “There’s an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy. There’s lots of people that have come here.”

Race organizers were still trying to assess how widespread damage from Superstorm Sandy might affect plans, including getting 47,000 runners into the city and transporting them to the start line on Staten Island. Easing their worries a bit was news that 14 of the city’s 23 subway lines were expected to be operating by Thursday morning.

But the plan has been met with a backlash from area residents and even many runners registered for the marathon who believe it is in poor taste to hold a road race through the five boroughs as hundreds of thousands of people in nearby areas continue to suffer the damage wrought by the storm.

Critics say diverting the police and fire crews to perform marathon duties is a misuse of precious public services.

The race has 47,000 runners, 8,000 volunteers, 1,000 staff and 2 million spectators. And putting it on just days after a devastating storm will be challenging.

Said state Sen. Liz Krueger, who represents part of Midtown: “I do appreciate that the marathon brings in money to local business, but let’s be honest, it’s a huge draw on our resources. None of the boroughs is near up and running.”


Maryland man wins $8.53M

A Maryland poker professional won the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas, outlasting his final opponents in a marathon card session of nearly 12 hours for the $8.53 million title.

On the last hand, Greg Merson, 24, put Las Vegas card pro Jesse Sylvia all-in with a king high. Sylvia thought hard, then called with a suited queen-jack.

Merson’s hand held through the community cards: two sixes, a three, a nine and a seven. Sylvia, 26, won $5.3 million for second place.

College basketball

NCAA clears UCLA’s Anderson

UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson was cleared by the NCAA to play this season.

Anderson was being investigated for potential recruiting violations. The forward from Jersey City, N.J., was among the nation’s top recruits last spring.

Still unresolved is the status of freshman Shabazz Muhammad, another top recruit who is the subject of an NCAA probe involving alleged improper benefits he received from boosters of his AAU program in Las Vegas and the alleged improper acceptance of airline flights for some of his recruiting visits.

Michigan star suspended

Michigan guard Trey Burke was suspended for the Wolverines’ exhibition opener Thursday against Northern Michigan. Coach John Beilein said the sophomore star is a good kid but made some “out-of-character” decisions he now regrets.


Querrey upsets Djokovic

American Sam Querrey recovered from a humiliating first set to beat second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in the second round of the Paris Masters.

It was the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic has been eliminated so early in a tournament.

Williams sisters hope to play through 2016 Olympics

Serena and Venus Williams will be hitting tennis balls for at least another four years, all the way to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“It’s our main goal,” said the 31-year-old Serena, a three-time Olympic doubles gold medalist with Venus. “We were talking … about how we can’t wait to get to Rio. And obviously, (assuming) that we’re both healthy, that’s our goal to be there.”

Venus, 32, agreed: “That’s what we’ve begun preparing for.”

College football

Sandusky moved to prison housing death-row inmates

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was sent to serve his child-molestation prison sentence at an institution in far southwestern Pennsylvania that includes most of the state’s death-row inmates. Sandusky was transferred to Greene State Prison and will be housed in protective custody.


Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria.

• FIFA president Sepp Blatter once described English soccer as being “run by idiots,” according to London Olympics chief Sebastian Coe’s new book.

• Chelsea rallied to beat Manchester United 5-4 after extra time to reach the English League Cup quarterfinals alongside Premier League rivals Norwich and Swansea, which ousted defending champion Liverpool.

• Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle.

• An inadequate lookout probably played a key role in causing a yacht to crash into an island during a California-to-Mexico yacht race, killing all four people aboard.

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