New York City Marathon Signs Tata Consultancy As Title Sponsor

Christopher Cruz appears in criminal court in New York Oct. 2, 2013.

Benjamin Perez, said his client denied all the allegations. “He will come back to fight this case and clear his name,” he said. Cruz is the only person charged criminally so far in the Sunday encounter that was caught on a helmet-mounted camera worn by another biker and was posted online anonymously. The Manhattan district attorney’s office decided not to immediately prosecute a second person arrested, Allen Edwards, 42, who surrendered to police on Tuesday . But prosecutors said the investigation continues, and they served notice that they intend to take the case against Cruz to a grand jury – a sign that more serious charges are likely. Play Video Watch: Biker gang chases, beats SUV driver in NYC Cruz’s attorney said his client wasn’t involved in the beating. Cruz has previous arrests in New Jersey, including a theft case in which he pleaded guilty, according to Manhattan prosecutors. “The bottom line is that my client had nothing to do with what happened to this gentleman, and he does not know the people who, you know, beat this gentleman up on 174th Street,” Perez said. “He never left the location of the accident, and he at no time ever assaulted this man – or his vehicle, for that matter.” Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, the prosecutor overseeing the case, said authorities were trying to build the strongest cases possible. “Prematurely charging individuals with low-level crimes does not further the goals of the investigation, and could weaken the cases we expect to bring against the perpetrators of serious crimes,” she said. Prosecutors and police said Cruz was participating in a motorcycle rally speeding along Manhattan’s West Side Highway. Cruz cut in front of a black Range Rover and, still staring at its driver, slowed down so much that the rear tire of his chopper bumped the front of the SUV, they said. He got off and approached the SUV, prosecutors said. Play Video Motorcycle gang called “rebels without a clue” Video captured the moment as about two dozen riders slowed down, swarming the SUV and blocking its path. Some dismounted and approached the vehicle.

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Inc. said about two months ago that it would end its sponsorship of the marathon after this years race as it moves away from its Dutch owner, ING Groep NV (INGA) , which has sponsored the event since 2003. The NYRR was seeking a partner that shared the belief in unlocking the potential in people to run, and elevating the health and wellness of whole communities, said Mary Wittenberg, the Road Runners chief executive officer. Technology has become such a big driver and influence in the city, so we were especially excited to tie those two areas together, Wittenberg said in a telephone interview. Though the partnership is signed and work will begin now on improving the NYRRs technology structure, Wittenberg said, the name change will begin Nov. 4, the day after this years NYC Marathon that is expected to draw about 48,000 runners. Were babes in the woods in terms of where we are with technology, Wittenberg said. There are a lot of areas we lead with New York Road Runners. I dont think its technology right now. TCS, a Mumbai-based part of Tata Sons Ltd., India s largest industrial conglomerate, has about 277,000 consultants in 44 countries, generating revenue of $11.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, according to the statement. Other Marathons TCS has been the title sponsor of the Amsterdam Marathon and had smaller sponsorship deals with the races in New York, Boston , Chicago and Berlin, as well as running events in India. About 50 percent of TCSs business is U.S. based, according to Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chief executive officer. Wellness, fitness, education; these are the types of initiatives we actively promote in the communities, Chandrasekaran said in a telephone interview. It helps us to bring the talent that we have to leverage in the work we do in communities, and it helps us to energize our workforce. Last years NYC Marathon was amid criticism over initial plans to hold the race days after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the city. We have since last November focused on being here with all of our full energy and resources for our community in New York, Wittenberg said.

New York Giants Stats That Matter Through Week 4

Yes, this is a positive stat.Cruz is also on pace to eclipse the 100-catch plateau while catching 16 touchdown passes. He’s having a remarkable season. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports 3.9: That’s how many yards per attempt the Giants have surrendered on the ground, which ranks above the league average. PFF grades have the Giants defense rated second in the league, and Mike Patterson leads all NFL defensive tackles with a stop percentage of 14.8. How ’bout that; two happy statistical nuggets in a row! 0: That’s the number of times the Giants have stopped an opposing team on third-and-2 or shorter this season, according to Football Outsiders . That 100 percent power-run conversion rate for their opponents (an average team is between 50 and 60 percent in this category) makes you think twice about patting this D on the back. 44: That’s the total number of pressures Will Beatty and Justin Pugh have surrendered this season, according to PFF, which is more than any other starting offensive tackle duo in the NFL. Pugh was supposed to take some time to get acclimated, but Beatty is making big bucks now and has given up four sacks while taking four penalties. Unsurprisingly, the Giants have surrendered a league-high 74 pressures in total. Most pressures allowed, tackle duos Tackle duo 8 Pro Football Focus 2.6: That’s how many adjusted line yards the Giants are averaging, per Football Outsiders , which is dead last in the league. On third or fourth down with two yards or less to go, the running game has converted only 20 percent of the time, and they’ve been stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage on 34 percent of their runs. Both of those rates rank 32nd in football. Interestingly, the New York running game is ranked closer to the middle of the pack in terms of second-level and open-field yards, which really indicates that the line deserves the majority of the blame here.

And even if they didn’t know beforehand, they should have figured it out pretty quickly when they arrived: No sane homeowner would have permitted a gathering of booze- and drug-taking teens so large (300-400) or so ill-behaved (Holloway reported finding 10 broken windows, 20 holes punched in walls and enough empty beer cans and liquor bottles to fill 10 55-gallon plastic bags). And when all was said and done, the kids should have responded to Holloway’s appeal to own up to their behavior and help him clean up. Sadly, only a handful did; and when Holloway reposted numerous kids’ pictures on his website in an effort to shame them, some parents threatened to sue. (Never mind that the pictures had already been posted elsewhere on the web by the kids themselves, to proudly show off their presence at the party.) While a case of this magnitude threatens to tax the resources of Rensselaer County authorities, including the tiny Stephentown court, it’s worth pursuing because not just these kids and their parents, but kids and parents everywhere, need to know that a “party” of this sort is just plain wrong. ___ The Leader-Herald of Gloversville on the new federal health care law. Sept. 30 Some companies and organizations that initially accepted federal money to act as “navigators” for the new federal health care law, “Obamacare,” are returning the funds, claiming they have been pressured unfairly over their programs. A Florida company made national news by returning $800,000 in “navigator” funding because there was “too much scrutiny” of the program. It “requires us to allocate resources which we cannot spare and will distract us from fulfilling our obligations to our clients,” a company official said. Since the company and many liberals upset at scrutiny of the navigator program bring it up, let’s talk about obligations. A major concern about the navigator program is that the hundreds of thousands of people providing such services will have access to personal information about clients trying to find out how Obamacare affects them.