- - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

RUNNING

NY Marathon legend Grete Waitz dies at 57

OSLO | Grete Waitz had never run a marathon before the New York City race in October 1978. After it, her name and New York would be forever linked.

Two-thirds through that first marathon, the lean Norwegian middle-distance runner suffered so hard that she cursed her husband, Jack Waitz, for talking her into it.


Not only did she win the race, she set a world record the first of three. She added eight more wins in the New York Marathon, a world championship gold medal, an Olympic silver and a place among the greatest marathon runners of all time.

Waitz died Tuesday at age 57 after a six-year battle with cancer. Her husband was by her side.

There was no word on what type of cancer felled the marathon legend, who disclosed no details about her condition after being diagnosed in 2005.

BASKETBALL

Lakers’ Odom claims Sixth Man Award

LOS ANGELES | Lakers forward Lamar Odom won the NBA’s Sixth Man award Tuesday as the league’s top reserve.

Odom averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3 assists this season while playing in every game for the Lakers.

Odom received 96 of 117 first-place votes from the media panel, easily outdistancing Dallas guard Jason Terry, who finished a distant second with 244 total points to Odom’s 513.

HOCKEY

Lightning’s Downie, Pens’ Kunitz punished

TORONTO | Tampa Bay forward Steve Downie and Pittsburgh forward Chris Kunitz were handed one-game suspensions for dangerous hits to the head during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal, the NHL said Tuesday.

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