Friday, October 8, 2004

Boston Marathon icon Kelley dies at 97

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The Associated Press

BOSTON - Johnny Kelley ran the Boston Marathon a record 61 times, winning twice and finishing second seven times. He was beloved in Boston, not only for his athletic accomplishments but also for his gift of "always seeing the best in everything and everybody."

Kelley died Wednesday night at 97 at a Cape Cod nursing home hours after moving there from his Dennis home, his family said.

An Olympian who was "Runner of the Century" in Runner's World magazine, Kelley won Boston in 1935 and 1945. He finished 18 times in the top 10 and was 84 when he ran his last Boston Marathon.

"Johnny was an icon for all of running, not only the Boston Marathon," said Guy L. Morse III, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, the race's organizer.


Donald taking shot at Holyfield: Local heavyweight Larry Donald (41-3-2, 24 KOs) will fight former champion Evander Holyfield (38-7-2, 25 KOs) on Nov. 13 at Madison Square Garden. Donald (above), a 1992 Olympian, is coming off a third-round technical knockout of Mario Cawley in August. The heavyweight quadrupleheader card, promoted by Don King, will also feature Chris Byrd-Jameel McCline, John Ruiz-Andrew Golota and Hasim Rahman-Kali Meehan. It will be available on HBO pay-per-view.

High Schools

St. Ed must forfeit win vs. St. Xavier: The St. Xavier football team's record rose from 5-1 to 6-0 Thursday after the Ohio High School Athletic Association ruled that Lakewood St. Edward must forfeit four victories for using an ineligible player. The Bombers' lone loss was 23-17 to St. Edward in the season opener. St. Ed was 6-0 and is ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press state poll. St. Xavier is No. 8. Cincinnati computer points expert Steve Shuck had projected St. Xavier would make the playoffs, ranking fourth of eight teams in the Division I regional field. Now, Shuck projects St. Xavier will finish second.

Tom Groeschen


PORSCHE GRAND PRIX: Amelie Mauresmo overcame a slow start to win her first match at No. 1 in the rankings, beating Patty Schnyder 7-5, 6-4 at Filderstadt, Germany.

"I'm very proud - I dreamed of this as a kid," said Mauresmo, who was joined by French Open champion Anastasia Myskina and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarterfinals.

CLIJSTERS UPDATE: Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters will not play again this season but won't need surgery for her latest wrist injury, she announced on her Web site.

College basketball

CINCINNATI: Fourteen games against teams which appeared in the postseason this year highlight the University of Cincinnati's women's schedule.

The Bearcats will play eight games against teams which reached the NCAA Tournament and six against WNIT participants. They open the season at Toledo Nov. 19, then host six straight games, including their home opener Nov. 21 against Detroit. The annual Crosstown Shootout with Xavier will be played on Dec. 11.


CINCINNATI MIGHTY DUCKS: Tickets for Cincinnati Mighty Ducks regular-season home games go on sale at 10 a.m. today at Cincinnati Gardens. Tickets also can be purchased by phone through Ticketmaster at (513) 562-4949; toll-free at 1-800-829-5353; at all Ticketmaster outlets; or online at Ticket prices are $15 and $12. Children 12 and under can purchase tickets for $9 when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

The Mighty Ducks open their eighth American Hockey League season Oct. 13 at Utah. Their home opener is Oct. 23 at 7:35 p.m. against Rochester.

On Thursday, Garret Stafford had a goal and an assist to lead the Cleveland Barons to a 4-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks in a preseason game at Kent State. Cory Pecker scored in the first period for Cincinnati. The Ducks face the Barons in Columbus on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to complete a two-game preseason schedule.

Fund raiser

WIFFLEBALL: Reds announcer Chris Welsh will host the Boys Hope Girls Hope Wiffleball Tournament Sunday. Reds manager Dave Miley will throw out the first pitch for the event, which runs from noon to 3 p.m. at Champions Baseball Academy in Blue Ash.

The event, sponsored by Biggs, will feature a celebrity game including former Reds and Bengals players and local media personalities.

For a family of four, admission is $25 and $5 for each additional member. An all-you-can-eat-lunch and a gift that kids can use to get autographs are included. Other activities include a raffle and a silent auction.

Call Tammy Cuevas at (513) 721-3380 or e-mail

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