MAYOR Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday the NYC Marathon will go on as planned Sunday after Superstorm Sandy devastated the city.

Marathon organizers had been moving forward with planning but awaited final word from the city about whether holding the race would be safe and viable with flooding, power outages and transit shutdowns still afflicting the five boroughs.

New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said that organizers were preparing to use more private contractors than past years to reduce the strain on city services. Wittenberg insists the race can be an inspiration to New Yorkers and benefit businesses that have lost money because of the storm.

Wittenberg compared this year's race to the 2001 marathon, held 7 weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. She expects the field will be smaller than the 47,500 who ran last year because some entrants can't make it to New York.

"I think some people said you shouldn't run the marathon," Bloomberg said. "There's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy. There's lots of people that have come here. It's a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you've got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind."

College Basketball * 

UCLA freshman

Kyle Anderson

has been cleared by the NCAA to play basketball this season. Anderson was being investigated for potential recruiting violations. The forward from Jersey City, N.J., was among the nation's top recruits last spring.

* University of Detroit athletic director Keri Gaither and assistant basketball coach Derek Thomas have resigned.

Philly File * 

La Salle's

Paul Royal

was named Atlantic 10 women's soccer coach of the year for the second time in a row. Junior captain Courtney Niemiec was selected defensive player of the year. Joining Niemiec on the first team is junior forward

Renee Washington

and redshirt junior goalkeeper

Gabrielle Pakhtigian

. Also on the first team were Saint Joseph's midfielder

Mo Hawkins

and goalkeeper

Christine Neal.

Matt Howard, a 6-4 guard out of A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, S.C., reportedly has committed to Penn. He reportedly chose the Quakers over Harvard, Rice, Furman and Virginia Tech.

Sport Stops * 

Disgraced American cyclist

Lance Armstrong

has been chosen as the latest celebrity to be burned in effigy during Edenbridge, England's, nationally famous Bonfire Night.

* Sam Querrey recovered from a humiliating first set to beat second-seeded Novak Djokovic, 0-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, in the second round of the Paris Masters. It was the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic has been eliminated so early in a tournament.