The New York City Marathon will award its women's champion $30,000 more than its men's winner, which may be the first time a sports event pays more to a woman than a man in the same competition.
The head of the Women's Sports Foundation said she knew of no other event that paid female winners more than male champions. Donna Lopiano, whose New York-based agency monitors prize money and other aspects of women's sports, said it was a "stunning gesture."
The $130,000 for the women's champion in November's race will be the biggest first prize for any marathon, according to the New York Road Runners, the race organizer. "We are breaking ground not only in the sport of long-distance running but in all of sport," said Mary Wittenberg, the group's president.
* SOCCER: D.C. United's Freddy Adu added technical sparkle to a physical performance by the U.S. team in a 0-0 first-round tie against Germany at the World Youth Championship in Enschede, Netherlands.
Adu, the youngest, smallest and lightest player on the field in the Group D game, set up teammate Eddie Gaven with a perfect pass in the 39th minute, but German goalkeeper Rene Adler smothered the first attempt from the New York/New Jersey MetroStars midfielder.
When Gaven went for the rebound, it looked as if he was pushed down by a defender but the referee failed to give a penalty.
"I thought it was a PK," Gaven said, but blamed himself for not finishing off the first chance. "If I had made the first shot, there would have been no need for that."
The United States, which has yet to concede a goal in the tournament, and Germany both moved closer to qualifying for the second round. The Americans have four points, trailing Germany on goal difference.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Suspended Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton was doused by pepper spray and taken to a hospital by police after he was found lying in the street and identifying himself as God.
Sexton was hospitalized Monday night. A school official said he was still under medical care at an undisclosed location. Sexton had not been charged with any crime.
Florida State assistant athletic director Rob Wilson said Sexton was suspended from the team two weeks ago because of a previously undisclosed violation of team rules. Sexton, 20, is the son of Florida State assistant head coach Billy Sexton. . . .
Football will return to Old Dominion University in 2009 after a nearly 70-year absence provided certain contingencies are met -- including raising $8 million by next June.
* PRO FOOTBALL: Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. had successful surgery to repair the right knee ligament he tore in a motorcycle accident. He will miss the 2005 season.
-- From News Services