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Meb Keflezighi, Caroline Wozniacki to run New York City Marathon

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Inspiring Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will run the New York City Marathon on Nov. 2, likely with a field of over 40,000 competitors, including former world No. 1 tennis player Caroline Wozniacki.

Keflezighi, 39, became the first U.S. man since 1983 to win the Boston Marathon on April 21. It was a tearful triumph one year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annually contested 26.2-mile race.

Keflezighi also won 2004 Olympic marathon silver, the 2009 New York City Marathon and was the oldest man to win the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in 2012. He finished a disappointing 23rd at last year’s New York City Marathon, which helped fuel doubts over his ability to run well in Boston.

“This is a very special race and city for me,” Keflezighi, who has run eight New York City Marathons, said in a press release.

Keflezighi said in June that he has three to six marathons left in his legs and hopes to run next year’s Boston Marathon and the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and 2016 Olympics.

Wozniacki, 24 and a two-time Olympic tennis player, originally had plans to marry golfer Rory McIlroy in November. She’ll run 26.2 miles instead.

She joins other tennis players who have run the five-borough marathon, including three retired professionals in 2010.

Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo completed the race in 3 hours, 40 minutes, 20 seconds four years ago. Former French Open champion Yannick Noah did it in 4:01:38 the same year, followed by Justin Gimelstob in 4:09:58.

“When I cross the finish line in Central Park, it will be one of the most rewarding days of my life, not only because of the personal accomplishment, but also because it will help thousands of kids to get healthy and fit through sports,” Wozniacki said in a press release.

Keflezighi and Wozniacki will run to raise funds for the Team for Kids charity.

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U.S. senators speak up as women’s hockey worlds near with no resolution

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen U.S. senators wrote a letter to USA Hockey’s executive director Monday over their concerns about the treatment of the women’s national team.

Players have threatened to boycott the upcoming world championships over a wage dispute. The senators, all Democrats, urged David Ogrean to resolve the matter and ensure the team receives “equitable resources.” They cited the Ted Stevens Olympic and Amateur Sports Act.

USA Hockey’s board of directors meets Monday, and players said Sunday night they hope there’s a deal.

The senators, all Democrats, joined a chorus of support that includes unions representing players from the NHL, NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball. Those organizations said over the weekend they stood with the women’s team and criticized USA Hockey for attempting to find replacement players.

Prominent NHL agent Allan Walsh tweeted Sunday, “Word circulating among NHL players that American players will refuse to play in men’s World Championships in solidarity with the women.”

Zach Bogosian, an American-born Buffalo Sabres defenseman, went to high school with U.S. captain Meghan Duggan. He tweeted his support and said he hopes the dispute is resolved.

The U.S. is the defending champion at the International Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship, which begins Friday in Plymouth, Michigan.

In negotiations over the past 15 months, players have asked for a four-year contract that pays them outside the six-month Olympic period. The senators’ letter notes the $6,000 that players earn around the Olympics and USA Hockey’s $3.5 million annual spending on the men’s national team development program and other discrepancies.

“These elite athletes indeed deserve fairness and respect, and we hope you will be a leader on this issue as women continue to push for equality in athletics,” the senators wrote.

In a statement Sunday night, players said they hoped USA Hockey would approve terms discussed during a meeting last week. They said the agreement has the “potential to be a game changer for everyone.”

The letter was signed by: Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Patty Murray of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Thomas Carper of Delaware, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Robert Menendez and Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

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Ugandan Olympian’s body shuts down at World Cross-Country Champs (video)

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Ugandan Joshua Cheptegei went from leading the race to finishing 30th in the final kilometer at the World Cross-Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday.

Cheptegei, a 20-year-old Olympian, saw his body shut down in the last four minutes of his race.

His stride shortened. His pace slowed. Cheptegei appeared on the verge of falling. At one point, a teammate deliberately pushed him from behind to keep going.

Cheptegei led by 12 seconds going into the final two-kilometer lap. He would finish 1 minute, 44 seconds behind Kenyan winner Geoffrey Kamworor, with 28 other runners separating them after the 10km race that took about a half-hour.

Cheptegei’s body movement looked similar to that of British triathlete Jonny Brownlee, who had to be helped to the finish line by brother Alistair Brownlee at the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Cozumel, Mexico, in September.

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