NYC Marathon

The leaders approaching Mile 14, in Long Island City, Queens.

Next Stop Boston

Subway from 1917, pressed into service to help Yankee fans get to The Stadium on time.

Squash Champions

In the finals of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, at Grand Central Station, World No. 1 Nour El Sherbini of Egypt defeated Nour El Tayeb (foreground), also from Egypt. On the men’s side, Simon Rosner, of Germany, beat Egypt’s Terek Momen.

Korea @ US Open

Chung Hyeon, South Korea’s best male tennis player (ranked #47 in the world), the day after being eliminated in the second round of the US Open by American John Isner in straight sets. Chung is still alive in the double’s competition.

2015 NYC Marathon

Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany, of Kenya, won the 45th NYC Marathon. Even with Spike Lee and 56,000 runners, this year’s race seemed diminished from past years, without Mary Wittenberg and the elite Russian runners. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Hockey Fights Cancer

New York Islanders’ defense man Matt Martin at a Hockey Fights Cancer event this evening at the NHL store in Midtown.

U.S. Open Kid’s Day

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Ring Dem Bells

Photographs: Stephen Wise

USA

Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots

We’re passing on this year’s Super Bowl and all the Super Bowls in the future. American style Football is turning its players and spectators into vegetables. See the way they sign their names. Look at the way their government is acting (staging coups and spreading misery), while fans slobber all over themselves. The history of the United States has seen the American people lose control of themselves and their…

2014 NYC Marathon

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang leads at the 14 mile marker of today’s NYC Marathon. He would go on to win the race in 2:10:59. Photograph: Stephen Wise  

U.S. Tennis Open — Kicks-Off

Under a perfect sky in Flushing the U.S. Tennis Open got underway today. One of the stories at this year’s Open is the lack of American men, among the top performers, in Grand Slam matches during 2013 & 2014. A Tennis Hall of Fame official we spoke with was forthright, saying the reason may have something to do with the adverse effects of American culture —…

Blueshirts United

Former NY Ranger greats Ron Greschner & Jeff Beukeboom joined fans before the team wrapped up its series against the Montreal Canadiens — advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. They both said it would be a low scoring game, decided by one goal. Indeed it was (1-0). Photographs: Stephen Wise

2013 NYC Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai (top) and Priscah Jeptoo (middle), winners of the NYC Marathon, at the 14 mile mark in Long Island City, Queens. The wheelchair winners were Marcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden (bottom photo). Photographs: Stephen Wise

Road to Sochi

Team USA slopestyle skiers, Alex Schlopy and Grete Eliassen, performed in Times Square today. Slopestyle skiing, an Xsport, will have its Olympic premiere at Sochi. Photographs: Stephen Wise

‘Linsanity’

Linsanity: The Jeremy Lin Story, is a moving presentation of the David and Goliath story of NBA player Jeremy Lin. The film, put together by friends of Lin, is an intimate look at the journey of the son of Asian immigrants from high school to Harvard and the NYKnicks. A special showing of Linsanity this evening in New York included NYC Comptroller John Liu and the…

A-Rod Appeals Suspension

Alex Rodriguez, of the New York Yankees, greeted supporters this evening in front of Major League Baseball’s headquarters, where he is appealing his suspension for using performance enhancing drugs. It seems hypocritical for a society that gives psychopharmaceuticals to millions of children (to improve concentration and academic performance) to then turn around and have a problem with athletes doing the same with HGH. Photograph:…

28th Great Sports Legends Dinner

Sports legends, celebrities and business leaders turned out to support NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti’s Fund, which aids spinal cord injury research—done by scientists at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. According to their press release: “The Miami Project’s Christine E. Lynn Clinical Trials Initiative is designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to…

Relief Man With Heat

Atlanta Braves All-Star relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel accommodating autograph seekers in Manhattan today. With a 98-99 mph fastball, Kimbrel’s 2012 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) statistic — which takes into account strikeouts, walks and HR allowed was .78 — the best in modern baseball history (ESPN). Photograph: Stephen Wise

Wheelchair Across America

Ryan Chalmers, a 24-year-old U.S. paralympian born with spina bifida, took 71 days to travel 3000 miles across the United States in a wheelchair. The trip concluded on 6/15 with his arrival at New York’s Central Park.

Great Sports Legends Dinner

The 27th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner honored Alonzo Mourning, Lisa Leslie, Joe Torre, Shaquille O’Neal and Jake LaMotta among others, at a fundraiser for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Commentary: With all the problems in American society, it’s edifying to see excellence in sports. Photographs: Stephen Wise

U.S Tennis Open

American John Isner, #9 in the world, defeated Xavier Malisse at the U.S. Open today. The 6’9″ Isner is top ranked among American men. Also at the Open today, Kim Clijsters — three time winner of the U.S. Open — played her last singles match. Photographs: Stephen Wise

High Performance Tennis

Vesa Ponnka, Senior Director of Tennis at Junior Champions Tennis Center in College Park, MD, gave a class to tennis instructors today at the Tennis Teachers Conference in NYC. Mr. Ponnka’s insights are directed at teaching tennis, but can be applied to any field or endeavor. For him creating a ‘culture of success’ requires character, the right mindset, and surrounding yourself with good people….

Ironman NYC

The inaugural Ironman U.S. Championship was held today in New Jersey and New York City. Americans Jordan Rapp and Mary Beth Ellis (lower photo far left) were the winners with times of 8:11:18 and 9:02:48 respectively. There were 2500 athletes at the start of the race from 47 states and 46 countries. It was reported that one person died during the swim portion of…

“Call Me Maybe”

Outside of Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, this dog was posing for pictures. The sign reads: Thank You For The Picture But Don’t Forget I Don’t Like $$ Cheap $$ People Given the price of tickets for tonight’s game ($215 face value for seats 30 rows behind third base), the same could probably be said of the team’s owners. Photographs: Stephen…

All In

It’s nice to see good guys win. You can’t spell Elite without Eli. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Soccer and Life

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team represented by global superstars Hope Solo and Abby Wambach were honored today at the March of Dimes Annual Sports Luncheon in New York. Both women were instrumental in helping the U.S. earn a silver medal in the 2011 World Cup in Germany. The U.S. reached the finals, falling to Japan in a penalty shootout after a 2-2 draw….

Got Game?

Out shopping in Manhattan today, NBA player Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks) was also seen helping a homeless man on 42nd Street. LE asked Sanders about the NBA lockout? He said he remains hopeful about a deal getting done, that would salvage part of the season, but if it doesn’t happen he’ll explore options in Europe. If a deal does get done between the NBA, players and owners, hopefully games…

Great Sports Legends

NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice signs a photograph of an American soldier heading to Afghanistan, at the 26th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC tonight. Other honorees included: Don Shula, Chris Mullin, Nancy Kerrigan, Ernie Els, Andre Dawson, Clarke Gilles and John Force. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Irina Falconi Has Arrived

American Irina Falconi upset Dominika Cibulova of Slovakia (ranked No. 15 in the world), 2-6 6-3 7-5, in the 2nd round of the U.S. Tennis Open today. The 21 year-old Falconi is currently ranked No. 78 in the world, after just 14 months as a professional. The match was first scheduled to be played on Court 11 but was moved to the Arthur Ashe…

Coach

The USTA held a “Tennis Teachers” Conference in conjunction with the U.S. Tennis Open now underway in Flushing, NY. One of the sessions, conducted by Tom Gullikson (photo), was called Teaching & Training for Modern Doubles. Mr. Gullikson is a former professional player turned coach. As a player he won 16 doubles titles — ten of them partnering with his (now deceased) twin brother, Tim….

Leadership

The coach of the New York Jet’s football team, Rex Ryan, was in Manhattan today promoting his book “Play It Like You Mean It.” Ryan is known to sports fans for having guaranteed a Superbowl win last season only to fall short. The question of does he regret the “guarantee” is answered in the book, when he sneers at coaches who try to “downplay expectations”…

2010 ING NYC Marathon

Edna Kiplagat of Kenya (top photo) winning the 41st New York City Marathon with a time of 2:28:20. The men’s winner was Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia in 2:08:14. His countryman, and marathon world record holder, Haile Gebrselassie pulled out of the race at the 16 mile mark. There were 44,000 participants in this year’s race. American Shalane Flanagan (middle photo) came in 2nd for…

Sisterhood In Sports

The Women’s Sports Foundation presented the 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Gala, last night at the Waldorf in NYC. Among the athletes on hand were American figure skater Michell Kwan (left) and Kim Yu-Na of South Korea, 2010 Olympic gold medalist in figure skating. Billie Jean King, founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation, was joined by Laila Ali. In the lower photo, Annika…