The Boston Marathon will accept an extra 9,000 runners for next year's race, making room for the more than 5,000 people stopped on the course this year when two bombs went off and for many of those wanting to run as a tribute to the victims.
Registration for the 118th edition of the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon will open Sept. 9, the Boston Athletic Association said.
"The BAA is aware of the significantly increased interest in registering for the 2014 Boston Marathon," executive director Tom Grilk said in a statement Thursday. "We understand many marathoners and qualifiers want to run Boston in 2014, and we appreciate the support and patience that the running community has demonstrated because of the bombings that occurred this past spring."
The expanded field of 36,000 for the April 21, 2014, race would be the second largest in the event's history, behind only the 38,708 who registered for the 100th anniversary race in 1996. Organizers have said they must cap the field size because of limited space at the start in Hopkinton and on some of the course's Colonial-era streets.
Usain Bolt had to work hard for his 100-meter victory in 9.90 seconds at the Weltklasse Diamond League meet in Zurich.
The world and Olympic champion had the slowest reaction time out of the starting blocks. Fellow Jamaican Nickel Ashmeade, running two lanes to his left, led deep into the race. But Bolt gritted his teeth and muscled through the slight headwind to reach the front after 85 meters.
Donovan on U.S. team
With Landon Donovan back in the fold, the United States resumes World Cup qualifying next week with its deepest team yet.
Donovan was among 23 players selected by coach Jurgen Klinsmann for upcoming qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico. Klinsmann snubbed the Americans' career scoring leader for the last round of qualifiers, saying Donovan needed to work his way back onto the team following his offseason sabbatical.
But Donovan redeemed himself and then some with his play in last month's Gold Cup, scoring five goals as the Americans won the title. He has continued his dazzling play with four goals in three games for the Los Angeles Galaxy, which on Wednesday rewarded him with a new, long-term contract.
Hawks coach arrested
Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer apologized for his arrest on a charge of driving under the influence.
Budenholzer, 41, a former longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant, was named the Hawks' coach on May 29.
The Phoenix Suns traded small forward Caron Butler to the Milwaukee Bucks for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravstov. The move sends Butler to his hometown team.
Phoenix also signed 7-foot-1 center Alex Len, drafted fifth overall in June.
The Boston Bruins signed general manager Peter Chiarelli, who built the team that reached the Stanley Cup Finals twice in three years, to a four-year contract extension that would keep him in Boston through the 2017-18 season.