Seven Olympians, including Dathan Ritzenheiner, Abdi Abdirahman, Molly Huddle and Amy Cragg, will run in Monday's Faxon Law New Haven 20K road race, which is the USATF national championship. Huddle, who won the women's race last year, is looking for a shot at redemption after celebrating a little too early at the finish line in the 10,000 meters at the World Championships in Beijing on Aug. 24 and ending up out of the medals. When Huddle lifted her arms in celebration a stride away from the finish, her U.S. teammate Emily Infeld passed her second and claimed the bronze medal and a devastated Huddle finished .09 seconds behind in fourth. The 20K and 5K races Monday begin at 8:40 a.m. on the New Haven Green. Girma Macheso, last year's men's winner, is also returning.
Chris Drury was named director of player development for the Rangers and will work closely with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the team announced Friday. Drury, the former NHL rookie of the year from Trumbull who played with the Rangers, Avalanche, Flames and Sabres and won a Stanley Cup with Colorado, retired in 2011.
All the talk may be about Serena, but her older sister Venus Williams moved into the fourth round of the U.S. Open for the first time since 2010, defeating Belinda Bencic, 6-3, 6-4 Friday in Flushing Meadows. Venus, at 35, is the oldest player in the field, while Bencic (who beat Serena last month in Toronto) was the youngest remaining player in the third round at 18. Venus lost to Bencic's coach, Martina Hingis, in the final of her U.S. Open debut in 1997. Bencic was born six months later. "Why do you have to bring all that stuff up?" Venus said on the court after the match. "It makes me feel old." Venus and Serena could end up facing each other in the quarterfinals.
Three people were hurt at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Thursday night during the Colts-Bengals exhibition game when a bolt the size of half of a roll of quarters fell into the stands off the retractable roof as it was opening before halftime, according to the Indianapolis Star. None of the injuries were life-threatening.
The Giants cut veteran punter Steve Weatherford Friday, acquiring younger (and cheaper) Brad Wing from the Steelers. Weatherford, 32, was a popular player, extremely fit (he bench-pressed ESPN writer Rick Reilly last fall) and might be best remembered for his exuberant sprint around Candlestick Park after the Giants' NFC championship victory over the 49ers in 2012 that sent him to his first Super Bowl. Weatherford had corralled an errant snap and held it for kicker Lawrence Tynes, whose 31-yard field goal gave the Giants a 20-17 overtime win. Against the Patriots in the Super Bowl, Weatherford's punting was superb, forcing a safety in the early going and leading some to suggest that the punter should have been the MVP of the Giants' 21-17 victory.