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NYC race suffers in Sandy's wake

WHILE it's hoped the New York City Marathon will pass off without major incident, the impact of last year's Superstorm Sandy cancellation on administration, as well as the knock-on effect of April's Boston Marathon bombings, has seriously reduced the number of charity entrants taking part on Sunday.

In 2011, 9,000 runners raised over €26million for charity. There will be 3,000 less charity runners this year.

It's believed that the $3,000 minimum fundraising level insisted on by organising body New York Road Runners has also had a damaging effect on this year's event.

The security budget for this year's race has also doubled to $1million, with hundreds of extra volunteers receiving special security training by police specialists.

 

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AT a time when the names dominating sport seem to be getting younger, at 32, Serena Williams is the oldest number one in the history of women's tennis.

She finished her season on an 18-match winning run, bringing her prize money this season to over €9million. However, there is a blip.

Sure, she had 78 wins, but this year she won just two Grand Slams. In 2002, she won three. Among her four losses this season was a fourth-round exit from Wimbledon.

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Which lucky women's charities will benefit most from Peamount United manager Eileen Gleeson's internet windfall from the video of Stephanie Roche's wonder goal?

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SIGN o' the times? There's no English footballer in the nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or, FIFA's best player in the world award.

There are, however, five players from the Premier League listed – Mesut Ozil, Eden Hazard, Yaya Toure, Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez. Also among the nominees is the man who has won the award for the last four years, Lionel Messi.

The closest England come to having a coach nominated for Coach of the Year is Alex Ferguson (Scotland/Manchester United), Arsene Wenger (France/Arsenal) and, of course, Jose Mourinho (Portugal/Real Madrid/Chelsea).

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GOLF showed its teeth in the Simon Dyson green tampering affair that had him dumped from the BMW Masters in Shanghai last week.

The European Tour is set to inspect television footage of the 2011 Irish Open winner's behaviour on the eighth green in the second round, when he was in second place.

There's little sympathy among fellow professionals for Dyson, who could face suspension if deemed to have willfully interfered with his line.

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ON an upbeat note, it's worth remembering that Ireland's World Championship medal winners Jason Quigley and Joe Ward are aged just 22 and 19 respectively.

The future remains bright for Irish amateur boxing.


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