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Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., runs during the 118th Boston Marathon with the names of those killed in the 2013 bombings, and the MIT officer allegedly slain by the bombing suspects, on his bib, Monday, April 21, 2014, in Boston. Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi, were killed in the bombings, while MIT officer Sean Collier was allegedly shot to death by the bombing suspects. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

American champions in Boston a fitting tribute to post-bombing resilience

- Associated Press

Ever since the bombs exploded at the marathon finish line last year there has been a nationwide rally of support for the city and its signature sporting event, and a call to return to the streets to reclaim the freedom that was threatened by the attacks. But the prospect of an American running down Boylston Street to break the tape this Patriots’ Day was seen as the ultimate expression of resilience.

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona Democrat, puts politics aside when she fights for physical endurance. She will be participating in the Boston Marathon to honor victims of the bombings last year. (Associated Press)

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to run in Boston Marathon to honor bombing victims

- The Washington Times

Months of 3 a.m. wake-up calls and fitting in about 30 miles of running a week with her busy schedule of congressional votes, constituent meetings and fundraisers have led Rep. Kyrsten Sinema to Boston, where she hopes to complete her 10th marathon Monday in honor of someone who will never cross the finish line.

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Katie Ledecky of the U.S. smiles after she set a new world record in her women's 1500m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ledecky won the race setting a new world record of 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Katie Ledecky repeats as USA Swimming athlete of year

Associated Press

Ledecky, of Bethesda, Maryland, had five world-record swims over a two-month stretch this summer, capped with world records in the 400 and 1,500 freestyles on consecutive nights in Australia at the Pan Pacific meet.

Floyd Mayweather, right, follows through on a punch at Marcos Maidana during their title boxing match Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Mayweather stays unbeaten in fight with only a little bite

- Associated Press

Mayweather dominated Marcos Maidana from the opening bell, using his boxing skills to keep the Argentine off balance and pile up points on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision to retain his welterweight and super welterweight titles before a crowd at the MGM Grand that sometimes booed the lack of action.

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. smiles after she set a new world record in her women's 1500m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ledecky won the race setting a new world record of 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Katie Ledecky ready for a break after starring at Pan Pacifics

- Associated Press

The 17-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, now owns the world records in the 400- — she lowered her own mark at that distance the previous night — the 800- and the 1,500-meter freestyle events and is the world champion in all three.

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. points into the crowd after she set a new world record in her women's 1500m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Ledecky won the race setting a new world record of 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Katie Ledecky completes sweep of meet with 1,500 world record

- Associated Press

The 17-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, sliced almost six seconds off her own world mark by winning the 1,500-meter freestyle in 15 minutes, 28.36 seconds on Sunday, less than 24 hours after breaking her own record in the 400 freestyle.

Katie Ledecky of the U.S. right, and team mate Cierra Runge embrace after Ledecky set a new world record in her women's 400m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Ledecky set a new world record of 3:58.37 ahead of Runge and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Katie Ledecky breaks own world record in 400 freestyle

- Associated Press

The 17-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, also holds the world records in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle events, and narrowly missed improving her mark in the 800 earlier at the Pan Pacs.

Michael Phelps of the U.S. leans on a lane rope after his men's 100m freestyle final at the Pan Pacific swimming championships in Gold Coast, Australia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Cameron McEvoy of Australia won the race ahead of Nathan Adrian in second and James Magnussen of Australia in third. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky lead U.S. to relay golds

- Associated Press

The 29-year-old Phelps, swimming in his first international meet since coming out of retirement, helped the United States win the 4x200-meter relay Friday at the Pan Pacific championships.

Katie Ledecky celebrates after winning the women's 400-meter freestyle final and setting a world record at the U.S. nationals of swimming, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Katie Ledecky wins 400 free in another world-record time

- Associated Press

Ledecky, a 17-year-old from Bethesda, Maryland, won in 3 minutes, 58.86 seconds, becoming the first woman since Janet Evans to hold world marks in the 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyles at the same time.

In this July 31, 2014 photo, Michael Phelps prepares to dive into a pool during a training session at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Center in Baltimore. This is where Phelps put in most of the work to become the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. This is where he's looking to add to that legacy after an aborted retirement, his eyes firmly on the Rio Games two years away. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Michael Phelps' comeback rooted at home in Baltimore

- Associated Press

This is where Phelps put in most of the work to become the most decorated athlete in Olympic history. This is where he's looking to add to that legacy after an aborted retirement, his eyes firmly on the Rio Games two years away. And as the world's greatest swimmer takes his comeback to its biggest stop yet — this week's U.S. national championships in Irvine, California — it's important for him to remember where he came from.

Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling's greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains. (Associated Press)

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali wins Tour de France

- Associated Press

Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to triumph in cycling's greatest race by chiseling a lead over his main rivals a few seconds at a time and dominating them in the mountains.

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line to win the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 145.5 kilometers (90.4 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Hautacam, Pyrenees region, France, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali continues dominance in Stage 18

Associated Press

The Italian, winning his fourth stage of the Tour, essentially turned the race into a competition for second. Alejandro Valverde of Spain, who began the day in second but with a thin lead on two Frenchmen behind him, was losing key seconds.

Australia's Michael Rogers crosses the finish line to win the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 237.5 kilometers (147.6 miles) with start in Carcassonne and finish in Bagneres-de-Luchon, France, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Tour de France: Michael Rogers wins Stage 16 in Pyrenees

- Associated Press

Rogers took a bow as he crossed the line after the 237.5-kilometer (147-mile) leg from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon featuring an ascent up the super-tough Port de Bales. Rogers, a former world champion, collected his first Tour stage victory.