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published November 3, 2002

New York gets nod from IOC

New York City turned on its star power, flexed its financial muscle and touted its status as the "world's second home" to beat out San Francisco and become the U.S. candidate for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The winning organizers broke into cheers, tears and shouts as the close vote was announced Saturday and Frank Sinatra's New York, New York filled the room.

On a weighted scale of voting by the 123 members of the U.S. Olympic Committee board of directors, New York received 132 points out of possible total of 223.

The International Olympic Committee will choose the 2012 site in three years, pitting New York against such possible rivals as Paris, Moscow, Toronto, Budapest, Rome, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid or Seville, and a city in Germany, perhaps Berlin.

FIGURE SKATING: Sasha Cohen won Skate Canada International in Quebec City, and Japan's Takeshi Honda won the men's title.

COLLEGES: Andrew Smith became South Florida's first Conference USA men's cross-country champion, and the USF women's team was second for the second straight season. Smith covered the 8-kilometer course at the Van Hook Golf Course in Hattiesburg, Miss., in 24:36.71. USF's Adam Chumbly was eighth and helped the team to a sixth-place finish. Christa Benton, a sophomore from Keswick Christian, finished third for the women. ... Florida State junior Alison Curdt tied a career best with 69 and moved into a tie for second place, four off the lead, as the women's golf team remained in third place at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C., five shots behind leader Wake Forest. ... Katie Calvin and Catherine Moore scored as Tampa beat Florida Southern 2-0 in women's soccer. ... Cindy Schofield scored in the 52nd minute, but host Florida State lost to Virginia 2-1. ... The Florida women's soccer team ended regular-season play with a 5-2 loss to host Clemson. ... Tanisha Silas, a six-time All-American in track and field for California-Davis, was honored as NCAA Woman of the Year. ... Illinois assistant Billy Gillispie was hired as men's basketball coach at UTEP, replacing Jason Rabedeaux a week before the Miners' first game.

TENNIS: Top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt held on to beat Paradorn Srichaphan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and set up a Paris Masters final against 2000 winner Marat Safin. Safin fired 13 aces to reach his third Paris Masters final in four years by eliminating Carlos Moya 7-5, 7-6 (7-4). ... Spain and Slovakia split the opening singles matches in the Fed Cup final in Maspalomas, Canary Islands.

AMERICA'S CUP: San Francisco's Oracle beat Le Defi of France by 1 minute, 10 seconds in a challenger series race after a light-wind delay of almost three hours in Auckland, New Zealand. The win carried Oracle past Prada of Italy into outright third place in the nine-team leaderboard. A scheduled match between Alinghi of Switzerland and Prada did not take place after series-leading Alinghi decided not to sail. Prada accepted its decision and no point will be allocated.

HORSES: Patrick Valenzuela and Laffit Pincay Jr. turned the California Cup into their personal showcase at Santa Anita, with Valenzuela riding three winners and Pincay two, including the $250,000 Classic. Already competing for the Oak Tree meeting's riding title, Valenzuela and Pincay extended their duel to the Classic, where they fought to the wire in a photo finish. Pincay and 10-1 shot Calkins Road came out on top by a head over Valenzuela and Continental Red. Hall of Fame jockey Julie Krone was winless in three races. ... Dawn of the Condor slipped through a narrow opening along the rail to win the $150,000 Knickerbocker Handicap at Aqueduct by 2 lengths. ... Belle of Perintown edged Star of Atticus by three-quarters of a length in the $100,000 Pocahontas Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

RUNNING: Two seconds separated winner Bob Villacres of St. Petersburg from Bradenton's Mike Aldrink at the Cougar Classic 5K through the neighborhoods near Countryside High. Clearwater's Judy Maguire edged Kit Van Allan of Palm Harbor by two seconds in the women's division. Dunedin's Victor Yeager and Largo's Karen Gately won the masters (40-plus) division titles.

BOXING: Oscar Larios stopped previously undefeated Willie Jorrin at 1:28 of the first round to win Jorrin's WBC super-bantamweight title in Sacramento, Calif.

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