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NYC Marathon will go on after storm, mayor says

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York City Marathon will go on as planned Sunday after superstorm Sandy devastated the city. Organizers of the world's largest marathon had been moving forward with planning but waited for final word from the city about whether holding the race would be safe. Flooding, power outages and transit shutdowns are still widespread, and the 42-kilometer race goes through the city's five boroughs. The race draws more than 40,000 runners. (AP )

England's Ashton to miss Fiji rugby game after ban

England winger Chris Ashton will miss the test against Fiji next month but can face Australia after receiving a one-week ban for totting up three yellow cards for foul play at club Saracens. "Chris Ashton suspended for one week. Sidelined from Sun, Nov 4 to Sat, Nov 10, free to play on Sun, Nov 11," the Rugby Football Union said in a tweet yesterday. The Fiji match on Nov.10 is the first of England's home November internationals with the Australia test taking place on November 17, the South Africa match on November 24 and New Zealand clash on December 1. (Reuters )

Chelsea makes official Clattenburg complaint

Chelsea formally lodged a complaint with the Football Association against referee Mark Clattenburg yesterday, alleging he used "inappropriate language" toward midfielder Mikel John Obi. The complaint relates to Chelsea's 3-2 defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday. The club said it had carried out "a thorough investigation" and was guided "by outside legal counsel." Chelsea decided to take no further action over claims the referee also used offensive language against Juan Mata, as it had found there was not "sufficient evidence." On Tuesday, Clattenburg said he would deny the allegations, after the police launched its own investigation. (DPA )