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2013 Chicago Marathon Preview

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Race two of the World Marathon Major series is scheduled for this Sunday through streets of downtown Chicago. The race starts and ends on Columbus Drive and winds through the Loop before heading north to Lincoln Park, finally ending with a run up Michigan Avenue.

The race will feature a solid elite men's division, headed up by a trio of Kenyans - Moses Mosop, Dennis Kimetto and Emannuel Mutai. However, one absentee from the race will be the defending champion Tsegaye Kebede, who had one of the most remarkable stretch runs last year. Kebede actually trailed the leader by 43 seconds, by exploded in the final 4 1/2 miles to win by 29 seconds in a personal-best time of 2 hours, 4 minutes and 38 seconds. Kebede will sit out this race after winning the London Maraton earlier this year, but should be ready to go in November for the New York City Marathon.

The hottest of the Kenyans right now is Kimetto, who won the Tokyo Marathon in course-record time earlier this year and was a second-place finisher in the 2012 Berlin Marathon.

As for Mosop, he shoots for his second Chicago Marathon victory in the last three years. The 28-year-old Mosop was an easy winner back in 2011, when he set a course-record at 2 hours, 5 minutes and 37 seconds. An selection to the 2012 Kenyan Olympic team and injury kept him from defending his title. However, Mosop is glad to be back and will be aiming for regain his course-record title, currently held by Kebede.

Among the other elite runners in the men's field are Sammy Kitwara, who was fifth in Chicago in 2012, and Eliud Ngetich, both from Kenya, Yoshinori Oda of Japan, Ethiopia's Tilahun Regassa, winner of the 2013 Rotterdam Marathon and Ayele Abshero of Kenya, who ranks among the top 11 marathon performers of all time.

The U.S. best hopes rides with Dathan Ritzehein (Portland, OR), the third fastest American of all time and two-time Olympian Matt Tegenkamp (Summit, MO). Ritzenheim, 13th in the 10,000m at the London Olympics, had a solid ninth-place finish at the last year's Chicago Marathon and was the fastest non-African runner in the field.

The last American to win the Men's division was Khalid Khannouchi of New York in 2002. He also won the race in 2000.

Last year in the women's division, saw one of the most dramatic finishes in Chicago history. Ethiopia's Atsede Baysa battled Kenya's Rita Jeptoo stride for stride before Baysa earned the one-second victory. Baysa also is a two-time winner at the Paris Marathon and was runner-up in Chicago in 2010. Earlier this year, Jeptoo cruised to a 33-second victory at the Boston Marathon, her second title in Beantown in seven years.

The question remains, "If not Baysa or Jeptoo, then whom"? The field is loaded with "could bes and might bes", but some of the top runners include Kenya's Jemima Sumgong (2013 Rotterdam winner), Japan's Yukiko Akaba (2011 Osaka winner), Russia's Maria Konovalova (5th fastest in the world) and the Chinese duo of Chao Yue and Jingxia Zhang.

The two top Americans in the field are expected to be Stephanie Pezzullo (Charlotte, NC) and Clara Santucci (Morgantown, WV). Americans have won the female division 12 times in 36 years, the last being Deena Kastor of California in 2005.

NOTES: Last year, there were 85 countries represented at the Chicago Marathon; this year the total is 129...About 10,000 runners in the field come from outside of the United States...There will be at least one runner from each of the 50 United States...The most represented state, not including Illinois, will be Indiana at 1,360...The top foreign country entree is Mexico, followed by Canada.

10/09 15:43:48 ET

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Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
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y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
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x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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DUR 3
 
3rd
MIA 49
CHA 50
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
 
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NYM 3
ATL 3
 
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
11th
PIT 2
MIL 2
 
9th
WAS 2
STL 2
 
10th
TAM 1
NYY 1
 
8th
KAN 3
MIN 8
 
7th
CHC 0
CIN 6
 
6th
TEX 2
CWS 5
 
3rd
OAK 2
HOU 0
 
3rd
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
2nd
COL 1
PHI 1
 
3rd
SDP 0
SFG 4
 
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
3rd
MIA 49
CHA 50
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
2nd
BOS 3
DET 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3