NEW YORK (AP) -- Sunday's New York City Marathon has been canceled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race. Many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon with much of the city still without power following Superstorm Sandy. Bloomberg had pressed ahead with plans run the marathon on schedule, but opposition intensified quickly this afternoon from the city controller, Manhattan borough president and sanitation workers as the death toll from the storm rose above 40 in New York.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson will start from the pole for Sunday's Texas 500 as he tries to pad his two-point lead over Brad Keselowski (kehz-LOW'-skee) in the Chase for the championship. Keselowski qualified eighth at a track where he has never had a top-10 finish. Greg Biffle will start Sunday's race alongside Johnson and just ahead of Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer (BOY'-ur).
BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox have made a $13.3 million qualifying offer to designated hitter David Ortiz for next season, which would entitle Boston to an extra draft pick if he leaves as a free agent. The team has been negotiating a two-year deal with Ortiz, who has until Nov. 9 to accept the qualifying offer. The Bosox did not make qualifying offers to pitchers Aaron Cook, Daisuke Matsuzaka (DYS'-kay maht-soo-ZAH'-kah) and Vicente Padilla (pah-DEE'-uh), first baseman James Loney and outfielders Scott Podsednik (pahd-SEHD'-nihk) and Cody Ross.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- With no end in sight to the NHL lockout, the league has decided to cancel the 2013 Winter Classic at the University of Michigan. The league says it will schedule its next Winter Classic in the Ann Arbor, Mich., stadium that seats more than 100,000 people. An Original Six matchup between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs had been slated for Jan. 1 at the Big House.
DALLAS (AP) -- The Dallas Mavericks have tinkered with their roster after just two games, waiving center Eddy Curry and signing free-agent center Troy Murphy. Curry averaged 4.5 points and two rebounds in 12.5 minutes for the Mavs. Murphy is averaging nearly 11 points and eight rebounds in an NBA career that began with the Warriors in 2001.
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