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Wilmington’s Vassallo wins in Philly

November 22, 2010

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Track and Field
Wilmington’s Daniel Vassallo outpaced a record field of about 11,000 runners yesterday to win the Philadelphia Marathon. Vassallo, 25, completed the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours 21 minutes 28 seconds. He finished comfortably ahead of runner-up David Bedoya of Somerville, who had a time of 2:23.37. Vassallo won the Maine Marathon previously but said the Philadelphia victory was the biggest of his career. “I was kind of overcome by emotion a couple times today,’’ he said. “At 24 miles, I was like, ‘Gosh, I’m going to do this.’ At 26, when they were playing the music [from “Chariots of Fire’’] and calling my name, I got very emotional, especially with all I’ve been through this year.’’ Vassallo had hernia surgery July 8 and planned to run only the half-marathon, but said his recovery and training went so well that he decided to run the entire marathon. Mariska Kramer, 36, of the Netherlands clocked in at 2:38.55 to win the women’s race. Watertown’s Jennifer Campbell (2:49.52) was seventh, Natick’s Lara Johnson (2:51) eighth . . . Kenyan 800-meter runner David Rudisha and Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlasic won the IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards. Rudisha, 21, became the youngest athlete to win the award, succeeding Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt after breaking Wilson Kipketer’s 13-year-old world record twice within eight days in August.

Mets hire Collins as their manager A person with knowledge of the situation said the Mets hired Terry Collins as their manager. The sides were still working on terms of the contract. An announcement is expected this week. Collins takes over for Jerry Manuel, who was fired along with general manager Omar Minaya . . . Negotiations between the Athletics and Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma aren’t getting anywhere, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Oakland won bidding rights to Iwakuma earlier this month and had 30 days to reach agreement on a contract, which no longer seems realistic. Iwakuma wants a contract comparable to the $126 million, seven-year deal signed by San Francisco’s Barry Zito four years ago, the source said. Iwakuma, 29, a righthander, was 10-9 with a 2.82 ERA in 28 games this season with four complete games and one shutout.

Poulter wins Hong Kong Open by stroke Ian Poulter held off a challenge from Italian teenager Matteo Manassero to win the Hong Kong Open by one stroke. Manassero, 17, shot an 8-under-par 62 and finished at 21-under 259, but Poulter’s 67 was enough to secure his 10th win on the European Tour. Simon Dyson tied Manassero for second after a 65. American Anthony Kang finished fourth, a stroke further back. Poulter led Graeme McDowell by two shots heading into the final round, but the US Open champion’s challenge was all but over by the third hole after a pair of bogeys. He finished fifth at 20 under after closing with a 68. Rory McIlroy, runner-up in this tournament in 2008 and 2009, had a final-round 67 to finish sixth . . . John Mallinger won the Pebble Beach Invitational, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke win over Jason Gore.

Federer, Murray begin with easy wins Roger Federer and Andy Murray won in straight sets on opening day of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. Federer beat David Ferrer, 6-1, 6-4, on the indoor hard court at the O2 Arena. Murray defeated Robin Soderling, 6-2, 6-4. Federer, a four-time champion at the tournament for the world’s top eight players, stretched his record to 11-0 against the seventh-ranked Spaniard. Murray and Federer are in Group B at the round-robin tournament. Group A plays today, with top-ranked Rafael Nadal facing Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic playing Tomas Berdych.

Heat’s Haslem has torn foot ligament

The Miami Heat are bracing to be without Udonis Haslem for several weeks, and possibly a few months, after an MRI confirmed that he tore a ligament in his left foot Saturday at Memphis. Haslem will see a specialist today to diagnose the severity. Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade also had an MRI, which confirmed that he has a sprained left wrist. Wade is listed as day-to-day . . . The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Jerry West, David Thompson, Christian Laettner, and Sidney Wicks; coaches Davey Whitney and Tex Winter, and contributors Wayne Duke and Tom Jernstedt . . . World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey will remain chief enforcer against drug cheating in sports through 2013 . . . Rob Lytle, 56, an All-America running back at Michigan who scored a touchdown in the 1978 Super Bowl as a Denver rookie, died of a heart attack Saturday in Fremont, Ohio (Obituary B10) . . . Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel will be out 5-6 weeks after suffering a broken jaw when unseated by his horse during the $1 million Delta Jackpot Saturday. Borel had surgery in Louisville.