- - 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.

Kunitz was banned for elbowing Lightning forward Simon Gagne during Monday’s game, and Downie earned his suspension for leaving his feet to deliver a crushing hit on the Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy.

Both players were assessed minor penalties.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Regan opts to leave Virginia’s program

Reserve forward Will Regan, who played in 20 games as a freshman last season, is leaving the Virginia basketball program.

Regan averaged 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds. The 6-foot-8, 222-pounder played only 11 minutes in the Cavaliers’ final 14 games and did not appear in the final five contests.

BASEBALL

‘PhillieBot’ already has its mechanics down

PHILADELPHIA | PhillieBot for Cy Young? It’s unlikely.

But the one-armed, three-wheeled robot, designed by engineers at the University of Pennsylvania, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers as part of Science Day festivities at Citizens Bank Park, said Evan Lerner, a spokesman for Penn’s engineering school.

Penn engineers Jordan Brindza and Jamie Gewirtz started with a Segway, gave it a robotic arm and added a third wheel. They also gave it a pneumatic cylinder, which delivers a burst of compressed carbon dioxide to power the pitch.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Kansas’ Thomas faces battery charge

LAWRENCE, Kan. | Kansas forward Thomas Robinson was cited with misdemeanor battery after a fight at a nightclub, the latest headache for the Jayhawks.

Robinson is accused of being involved in an altercation outside the club April 10.

Robinson, a 20-year-old sophomore, captured national attention last January when his maternal grandparents died just a few weeks before his mother, Lisa Robinson, died unexpectedly the night before a game.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

D.C. United women set tryouts for Saturday

GERMANTOWN | D.C. United Women will hold their first, and possibly only, open tryouts for their 2011 W-League team from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds.

The tryout is open to all ages, except for those still active in college play and not yet released to their clubs. There is a $50 tryout fee, which may be paid with cash or check on-site, or by credit card in advance.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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