Weekend Sports in Brief
NEW YORK (AP) Their race was called off, but marathoners were still on the move in New York on Sunday.
Hundreds of runners wearing marathon shirts and backpacks full of supplies took the ferry to hard-hit Staten Island and ran to stricken neighborhoods to help. Thousands of others poured into Central Park to put in 26.2 miles after the last-minute cancellation of the world's largest marathon because of Superstorm Sandy.
``A lot of people just wanted to finish what they started,'' said Lance Svendsen, who organized an alternative marathon called Run Anyway. By 8:45 a.m., his group had sent off five waves of runners from the marathon's official finish line, which had not yet been taken down. ``It is amazing. My guess is about 600 people have left so far.''
Italians stretched en masse near the Plaza Hotel. The Germans started from Columbus Circle. Everyone plunged into the park to pursue their own race. Some ran around the park clockwise, some counterclockwise, taking over startled dog walkers with a riot of color.
It was a throwback to the original New York City Marathon in 1970, which was run ragtag with 127 people and stayed completely within Central Park. This time, some dropped off clothing and other supplies for storm victims.
One down, one to go for Oregon.
The Ducks moved up a spot and passed Notre Dame in the BCS standings on Sunday, moving into third place behind Alabama and Kansas State.
Oregon is coming off its biggest victory of the season, winning 62-51 at Southern California on Saturday night. That result, combined with Notre Dame's overtime victory against a middling Pittsburgh team, helped nudge the Ducks by the Irish this week.
Alabama (.9957) is a rock solid No. 1 in both the polls and the BCS computer ratings this week. The Tide needs only to win out to reach the BCS title game for the third time in four seasons.
Kansas State (.9318) is third in the polls and in the computers, but second overall.
The Ducks (.9166) are a solid No. 2 in both polls and fifth in the computers, but the Ducks have a stronger schedule than Kansas State from this point forward, making Oregon a strong bet to pass the Wildcats if it keeps winning and earn a spot in the BCS title game in Miami on Jan. 7.
NEW YORK (AP) - After being tested for the first time this season, Alabama and Oregon have held their spots at the top of The Associated Press college football poll.
Alabama, which scored late to beat LSU 21-17, is No. 1 for the 10th straight week. Oregon beat Southern California 62-51 and is No. 2 for the seventh consecutive week.
Kansas State remains at No. 3 after beating Oklahoma State 44-30, and Notre Dame stays at No. 4 after rallying to beat Pittsburgh 29-26 in triple overtime.
Ohio State and Georgia are tied for fifth.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky fired football coach Joker Phillips a day after an embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt.
Athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips' dismissal Sunday in an open letter on the athletic department's website.
The Wildcats lost their eighth straight game Saturday, a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. It was their worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years.
The 49-year-old Phillips is 12-23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky. He will finish this season.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jimmie Johnson regained the lead on the final restart, beating Brad Keselowski in a two-lap shootout to win Sunday at Texas and add to his NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead with two races left.
Johnson increased the No. 48 Chevrolet's lead by five points to seven over Keselowski, a runner-up in his No. 2 Dodge at Texas by leading 75 laps after never before finishing better than 14th.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Kimi Raikkonen won a crash-filled Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday for his first victory since returning to Formula One this year.
Raikkonen held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished second. Two-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel clawed back from last to finish third, his lead over Alonso cut to 10 points.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Kevin Harvick became a five-time NASCAR Nationwide winner at Texas, leading 127 of 200 laps on Saturday night.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. had the most important finish, battling an ill-handling car that slid around the track all night and still managed to finish fourth.
That got his No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford even with Elliott Sadler for the Nationwide points lead with two races remaining.
Chinese eighth-grader Guan Tianlang will tee it up with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson at Augusta National in April.
The 14-year-old earned the invitation by completing a wire-to-wire victory Sunday in the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, making a 5-foot par putt on the final hole at Amata Spring Country Club for a one-shot win.
``I'm really excited about it,'' Guan said after closing with a 1-under 71. ``I will be training maybe a little bit harder and got some more power for that because I'm still growing right now. So it will be great fun.''
He is believed to be the youngest male to play in a major championship. Andy Zhang of China, who trained at a golf academy in Florida, was 14 years, 6 months when he qualified for the U.S. Open last summer at The Olympic Club. Guan would be about a month younger.
Along with getting into the Masters, Guan earns a spot in the final stage of qualifying for the British Open.
SHENZHEN, China (AP) - Ian Poulter won the HSBC Champions on Sunday for his first victory of the season, overcoming a four-stroke deficit with a 7-under 65.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Tom Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to become the first Champions Tour player to win the season points title two straight years.
SHIMA, Japan (AP) - Stacy Lewis rallied to win the Mizuno Classic for her LPGA Tour-leading fourth title of the year, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke victory.
NEW YORK (AP) - A secret, long-awaited bargaining session has done some good in the NHL labor fight - so much so that the sides already have plans to get back to the bargaining table soon.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for talks in more than two weeks.
``We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us,'' Daly told The Associated Press in an email Sunday morning. ``We plan to meet again early in the week.''
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Wise Dan emerged as a favorite for Horse of the Year after his record-setting win in the Breeders' Cup Mile, one of 11 upsets in 15 races at the world championships.
A couple of other contenders stumbled. Game On Dude failed to clinch the year-end honor when he finished seventh in the Classic as the 13-10 favorite, while turf star Point of Entry's late charge fell short of 17-1 Little Mike in the Turf.
PRAGUE (AP) - The Czech Republic won its second straight Fed Cup on Sunday when Lucie Safarova routed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-1, prompting a burst of on-court dancing by the Czech players.
PARIS (AP) - David Ferrer ended the amazing run of Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 at the Paris Masters on Sunday, clinching his first Masters title and winning a tour-leading seventh trophy of the season.
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Nadia Petrova stunned top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-1 to win the Tournament of Champions on Sunday, clinching her third WTA title of the year.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) - Serena Williams delivered on her promise to avenge an earlier loss to Venus, beating her 6-3, 6-4 in South Africa on Sunday for just her fourth win in 13 exhibition matches between the sisters.
LONDON (AP) - Sportswear company Skins is suing cycling's governing body for $2 million, claiming its brand has been damaged by backing the sport as the Lance Armstrong doping scandal unraveled.
Skins, which was founded in Australia and is based in Switzerland, has sponsored cycling teams and riders for five years, and supplied race suits for the United States at the London Olympics.
While Skins has never sponsored Armstrong or the UCI, it wants compensation for the damage it says it has suffered by investing in a sport ``tarnished'' by doping.
GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Milt Campbell, who became the first African-American to win the Olympic decathlon in 1956 and went on to play pro football and become a motivational speaker, has died, his family said. He was 78.
Linda Rusch, Campbell's partner of 13 years, said Campbell died Friday at his home in Gainesville, about 55 miles northwest of Atlanta. She said he had been fighting prostate cancer for a decade.