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POSTED October 7, 2012 7:10 p.m.

RUNNING

KEBEDE WINS CHICAGO MARATHON IN COURSE RECORD: CHICAGO (AP) — Tsegaye Kebede saw a few Ethiopian flags as he approached the finish line and figured he'd say hello.

So he started waving.

Kebede had plenty to celebrate in his course-record win Sunday in the Chicago Marathon.

He pulled away late and was all alone, smiling to fans as he neared the finish at Grant Park and crossing the line in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 38 seconds. That easily eclipsed the previous mark of 2:05:37 set by Kenya's Moses Mosop last year and was more than enough to beat countrymen Feyisa Lilesa (2:04:52) and Tilahun Regassa (2:05:28).

BASKETBALL

SPARKS' OGWUMIKE AND ROSS EARN WNBA HONORS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks collected two of the WNBA's season-ending awards, with Nneka Ogwumike honored as rookie of the year and Carol Ross chosen coach of the year on Sunday.

The awards were announced before the Sparks lost to the Minnesota Lynx 80-79 and got swept 2-0 in the Western Conference finals at Staples Center.

Ogwumike averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists during the regular season. She was drafted No. 1 overall out of Stanford by the Sparks.

TRIATHLONS

LANCE ARMSTRONG COMPETES IN TRIATHLON IN MARYLAND: ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — Lance Armstrong competed in a triathlon Sunday after organizers dropped USA Triathlon sanctioning so he could take part in a race that raises money for cancer.

Armstrong is banned from events that follow World Anti-Doping Agency rules after he chose not to fight USADA charges of doping.

Armstrong finished the 70-mile swim, bike and run in 4 hours, 16 minutes at the Revolution3 Half-Full Triathlon, racing in a wave of about 50 fellow cancer survivors.

CYCLING

ITALIAN MARCO MARCATO WINS PARIS-TOURS CLASSIC: TOURS, France (AP) — Italy's Marco Marcato won the Paris-Tours classic in a sprint finish Sunday.

Marcato was beaten to the line by Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium in a head-to-head sprint last year, but this time he held firm and withstood a challenge from Laurens De Vreese of Belgium and Dutch rider Niki Terpstra.

The 146-mile trek from Chateauneuf-en-Thymerais to Tours has favored sprinters in recent years, and this was the case again as the three riders broke away.

German rider John Degenkolb, one of the pre-race favorites, could not match the pace and finished in fourth place, six seconds behind the front three, who all had times of 4 hours, 50 minutes, 34 seconds.

 

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