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NYC Olympic bid leader confident as vote looms

By wire services
Published July 2, 2005


SINGAPORE - New York's bid leader is clear on what his city must do to land the 2012 Olympics: convince IOC members that New York represents not just an American bid but an international one.

But even with Muhammad Ali and about 40 other Olympians in its corner, New York remains a long shot in Wednesday's vote, the most glamorous and closely contested in Olympic history. New York is listed at 25-1 odds by international betting agencies. British-based Ladbrokes has Paris at 2-9, London 7-2 and Madrid 12-1. Moscow is 50-1.

"What a bunch of British bettors say about the Olympic Games makes no difference to us at all," Dan Doctoroff , New York deputy mayor, said after arriving in Singapore. "In virtually every one of the Olympic bidding contests, there's been an upset, there's been a surprise."

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to arrive next week as part of the U.S. delegation.

MOROCCANS MISSING: Police were searching for Moroccan team members missing from the Mediterranean Games, held in Almeria, Spain. Team officials reported the disappearance of four members of their karate squad Thursday, police said.

TRACK AND FIELD

Frenchman thrills fans

France's Ladji Doucoure won the 110-meter hurdles at the Gaz de France meet in Saint-Denis, beating four-time world champion Allen Johnson and Chinese star Liu Xiang . Aziz Zakari of Ghana won the men's 100 and Christine Arron of France won the women's 100. Americans swept the 400 hurdles: James Carter won the men's race in 48.05 and Lashinda Demus took the women's in 53.85. Another American, Joanna Hayes , won the women's 100 hurdles in 12.60.

HOCKEY

Lightning stars picked

Mario Lemieux , Steve Yzerman and Joe Sakic plus Lightning players Vinny Lecavalier , Brad Richards , Martin St. Louis and Dan Boyle headline a list of 36 players invited to a training camp for Canada's team for the 2006 Winter Olympics. Four goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 20 forwards are to attend camp and orientation Aug.15-20 in Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia.

HORSES

Frankel gets filly ready

Trainer Bobby Frankel is scheduled to saddle Melhor Ainda in the $750,000 American Oaks on Sunday at Hollywood Park when the undefeated filly faces an international field of 3-year-olds. Melhor Ainda has won her four races by a combined 173/4 lengths, including four stakes. Also on the card is the $350,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap and the $300,000 Vanity Handicap.

GYMNASTICS

Hamm brothers take break

Olympic gold medalist Paul Hamm is taking a break. Hamm and his brother, Morgan, decided to focus on their education for the next 18 months. The twins, who are 22, haven't ruled out competing in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. They transferred to Ohio State before the Athens Olympics, but didn't start classes until the spring semester.

GREYHOUNDS

Round 2 at Tampa track

Round 1 winners Fuzzys Wisconsin , My Names Brosman , Bob's Spider and undefeated Oneco Dasani race tonight in the second round of the $25,000 Tampa Speed Classic at Tampa Dog Track. Oneco Dasani is the season win leader at the track. The 16 greyhounds with the highest point totals advance to semifinals on Wednesday. The final is July 9.

ET CETERA

ARENA: TD Banknorth Garden officially replaced the FleetCenter name four months after the Maine bank reached a 20-year naming-rights deal for the home of the NBA's Celtics and NHL's Bruins in Boston. A banner read, "Go ahead, call it the Garden again." The facility replaced the Boston Garden in 1995.

LACROSSE: Crista Samaras had four goals as the United States advanced to the championship of the World Cup with a 13-3 rout of England in Annapolis, Md. The Americans seek their fifth straight title today against Australia, which routed Canada 22-7.

RODEO: A 16-year-old died after he was bucked off a bull last weekend. As Anthony "Stoney" Covington fell forward during the Newport (Wash.) Rodeo on Saturday, his head hit the bull's head, then the bull stomped on his chest.

SKATING: The International Skating Union said it is satisfied with its new judging system, adopted after a major scandal at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The new judging system, in place for two seasons, will be used at the Turin Olympics next year.