On your mark, get set ... NYC Marathon awaits the go
NEW YORK – NYC Marathon organizers said they’re moving forward with plans for Sunday’s race but await final word from city officials on whether the event can go on after Superstorm Sandy.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday that he expected the marathon would be run. The city must determine whether holding the race would be safe and viable with flooding, power outages and transit shutdowns still afflicting the five boroughs.
New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Wednesday that organizers were preparing to use more private contractors than last years to reduce the strain on city services. Wittenberg insists the race can be an inspiration to New Yorkers and benefit businesses that have lost money because of the storm.
Nets-Knicks Brooklyn debut postponed by Sandy’s storm
NEW YORK – Barclays Center sits right above a major mass-transit hub, an ideal destination for fans throughout New York.
Not right now, though.
With those subways knocked out by Hurricane Sandy and no way of knowing how fans would get there, the city’s mayor decided this isn’t the time for a game.
So Michael Bloomberg asked the NBA to postpone Thursday’s highly anticipated opener between the Knicks and Nets, and the league agreed Wednesday.
The Knicks now are scheduled to open their season at home Friday night against the Miami Heat. The Nets are scheduled to host Toronto on Saturday night.
The Nets are working with the league to find a makeup date. Tickets for Thursday’s game will be honored for the rescheduled game.
The eagle flies – in escrow – for NHL’s locked out players
TORONTO – Locked-out NHL players are expected to get back last season’s escrow payment Wednesday.
According to a union spokesman, players are set to be given 7.98 percent of what they earned last year, plus interest, on the day they were to have received their second paycheck of the currently delayed season.
The escrow payments will amount to about $80,000 for every million dollars a player earned, before deductions. For example, New York Rangers forward Brad Richards will gross approximately $960,000 after being the league’s highest-paid player last season.
Under the terms of the recently expired collective bargaining agreement, players had a portion of their salaries deducted throughout the season and placed into an escrow account. Once the final accounting for the year was completed, which ensured the correct percentage of revenue was paid out in salaries, players were refunded accordingly.
The escrow checks will be distributed at an important time, as the lockout is about to eliminate another pay cycle. Players also missed a payment Oct. 15, but that only would have covered four days of the regular season. This week’s checks would have included the first full half-month pay period of the season.
There have been no labor negotiations since Oct. 18, when the union countered a league offer with three proposals. Those all were quickly rejected by the NHL.
Since then, a league-imposed deadline to play a full season has passed, and the NHL canceled all games through Nov. 30. The New Year’s Day Winter Classic also is in danger of being called off if a new deal isn’t reached soon.
Querrey spells doom for No. 1 Djokovic’s Darth Vader
PARIS 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 on Wednesday.
It was the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic has been eliminated so early in a tournament.
Djokovic, who entered the arena wearing a Darth Vader mask to celebrate Halloween, already had secured the year-end No. 1 ranking after defending champion Roger Federer pulled out of the tournament.