The New York City Marathon delivered a little bit of everything on Sunday: a Brazilian, Marilson Gomes dos Santos (inset, right), who ended the nine-year reign of African runners; a repeat champion in the women's division, Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia (inset, left), for the first time in 11 years; and the rumbling of a freighter as it passed under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
You Snooze ...
... you lose. After pulling in a go-ahead, four-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Redskins, Cowboys wideout Terrell Owens celebrated by miming sweet dreams of victory. He awoke to a real-life nightmare, however, getting hit with a 15-yard penalty and later dropping an apparent TD reception that would prove costly in a 22--19 defeat.
The steam rises to the top at the Arena Sprint in Rouen, France. The night finals of the exhibition meet, which attracted top swimmers from around the world last Friday, combines music and special lighting effects to produce a festival-like atmosphere.
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