Wittenberg compared this year's race to the 2001 marathon, held 7 weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. She expects the field will be smaller than the 47,500 who ran last year because some entrants can't make it to New York.
"I think some people said you shouldn't run the marathon," Bloomberg said. "There's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy. There's lots of people that have come here. It's a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you've got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind."
College Basketball *
UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson
has been cleared by the NCAA to play basketball this season. Anderson was being investigated for potential recruiting violations. The forward from Jersey City, N.J., was among the nation's top recruits last spring.
* University of Detroit athletic director Keri Gaither and assistant basketball coach Derek Thomas have resigned.
Philly File *
La Salle's Paul Royal
was named Atlantic 10 women's soccer coach of the year for the second time in a row. Junior captain Courtney Niemiec was selected defensive player of the year. Joining Niemiec on the first team is junior forward Renee Washington
and redshirt junior goalkeeper Gabrielle Pakhtigian
. Also on the first team were Saint Joseph's midfielder Mo Hawkins
and goalkeeper Christine Neal.
* Matt Howard, a 6-4 guard out of A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, S.C., reportedly has committed to Penn. He reportedly chose the Quakers over Harvard, Rice, Furman and Virginia Tech.
Sport Stops *
Disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong
has been chosen as the latest celebrity to be burned in effigy during Edenbridge, England's, nationally famous Bonfire Night.
* Sam Querrey recovered from a humiliating first set to beat second-seeded Novak Djokovic, 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in the second round of the Paris Masters. It was the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic has been eliminated so early in a tournament.