Ben True of North Yarmouth became the first American winner of the New York City Half Marathon on Sunday, pushing past fellow American Dathan Ritzenhein and British runner Chris Thompson to win by 3 seconds.

Racing the distance for the first time, the 32-year-old Greely High graduate completed the redesigned 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 39 seconds. Ritzenhein finished second, with Thompson 4 seconds behind and Teshome Mekonen of Ethiopia 5 seconds back in fourth.

True, who holds the American record for 5K road racing, had not previously raced longer than 10 miles.

Buze Diriba of Ethiopia edged American Emily Sisson by 1 second in the women’s race, winning in 1:12:23.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Juan Martin del Potro rallied from three match points down in the third set and beat top-ranked Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (2) to win the title at Indian Wells, California, handing the Swiss superstar his first loss of the year.


Del Potro became the first Argentine winner in the 42-year history of the tournament. Federer’s 17-match winning streak – the best start of his career – ended.

Naomi Osaka routed Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 to win the women’s title – the first of her career – in a matchup of 20-year-old rising stars.

Osaka’s victory capped a run that included beating two-time winner Maria Sharapova, No. 5 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked Simona Halep. She dropped one set in seven matches.


MEN’S HOCKEY: St. Cloud State received the top overall seed and will head up the West Regional at Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in the NCAA Division I bracket announced Sunday.

Also named regional No. 1 seeds for the tournament that begins Friday were Notre Dame (East, in Bridgeport, Connecticut), Cornell (Northeast, in Worcester, Massachusetts) and Ohio State (Midwest, in Allentown, Pennsylvania).


Three Hockey East teams are in the 16-team field: Providence will face Clarkson in the East Regional, and Boston University plays Cornell and Northeastern faces Michigan in the Northeast.


WORLD CUP: Viktoria Rebensburg won her third season title in giant slalom without hitting the slopes after strong winds forced cancellation of the season-ending race in Are, Sweden.

The last men’s slalom was also canceled, but that didn’t affect the standings because Marcel Hirscher had already locked up the overall and discipline titles two weeks ago.

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