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Kenyans Mutai, Jeptoo triumphin New York City Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai ran by himself through Central Park, the same scene as the previous New York City Marathon.

The 26.2-mile race’s return to the five boroughs looked no different from the past in many ways, yet much had changed. The streets were still crammed with runners and the sidewalks with fans, undaunted by the tight security.

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Mutai successfully defended his title Sunday, while fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo won the women’s race.

Mutai set the course record in New York two years ago, then the 2012 race never happened because of the destruction from Superstorm Sandy. The April bombings at the Boston Marathon bared the vulnerability of an event that packs city streets with people.

So barricades blocked off much of Central Park, and fans waited in bag-check lines to get in. A record 50,740 runners started the race.

Mutai won in 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds on a windy morning to beat runner-up Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia by 52 seconds. Mutai, who set his course record of 2:05:06 in virtually ideal conditions, is the first repeat male winner in New York since Kenya’s John Kagwe in 1997-98.

Mac Schneider of Woodway was 101st in the men’s event in 2:42:11.

Jeptoo, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist and 2013 London Marathon champion, won in 2:25:07 to clinch the $500,000 World Marathon Majors bonus.

Elizabeth Hutchinson of Seattle recalled the joy at the starting line in Boston this year. People were handing out sunscreen, Band-Aids and energy gels with a smile.

On Staten Island, she said Sunday, “the machine guns are very visible.”

“The atmosphere is so different,” said Hutchinson, who finished in 3:24:27. “It kind of makes me sad.”


Tigers hire Ausmus as manager

Former catcher Brad Ausmus was hired as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Ausmus, 44, will replace Jim Leyland, 68, who stepped down after winning the last three American League Central titles.

Ausmus has worked most recently in the San Diego Padres’ front office as a special assistant to the general manager. He played for the Tigers in 1996, 1999 and 2000, hitting .266 in 352 games.

Ausmus has no experience as a major-league manager or coach.

Ortiz, Victorino to shave beards

Famous Boston beards will be falling victim to the razor.

Red Sox players David Ortiz and Shane Victorino will shave Monday in a promotion at Gillette headquarters in Boston. Several Boston players have beards; they became a symbol of their solidarity as they went from worst in the AL East last year to a World Series title this year.


Djokovic wins Paris Masters

Second-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat defending champion David Ferrer of Spain 7-5, 7-5 to win the Paris Masters for his 17th straight match victory and sixth title of the season.

Djokovic won the last four games in each set, rallying each time from a 5-3 deficit.

Halep beats Stosur, gets 6th title

Top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania won the Tournament of Champions, defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 in Sofia, Bulgaria, for her sixth career title.

Italy cruises to 4th Fed Cup

Italy won its fourth Fed Cup title, sweeping past a Russian team that was without its top players because of injuries and scheduling conflicts.

Sara Errani overwhelmed Alisa Kleybanova 6-1, 6-1 for a 3-0 advantage that secured the Cup in the best-of-five competition in Cagliari, Sardinia. Later, Italy won a virtually meaningless doubles match.


• Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez remained at a hospital in Pasadena, Calif., after having his spleen removed — the result of a spill Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Velazquez’s mount, Secret Compass, fell during the $1.84 million race. She suffered a leg fracture and was euthanized.

Velazquez, 41, was listed in serious but stable condition in the critical-care unit. His agent, Angel Cordero Jr., told Daily Racing Form that Velazquez is expected to be hospitalized four to five days and won’t ride again this year.

• Calgary goaltender Reto Berra made 42 saves in his first NHL game and Kris Russell scored at 1:32 of overtime as the visiting Flames beat defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago 3-2.

Thomas Bach, who is in his first year as International Olympic Committee president, convened a summit of sports leaders in Lausanne, Switzerland, to review the fight against doping, match-fixing and illegal betting.

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