November 03, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

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

pro basketball

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.

(Standings, PG 10)

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

auto racing

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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