New York will be forced to abandon its bid to host the 2012 Olympics if a deal is not reached soon on a $1.4 billion stadium for the New York Jets, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday.
"If we were not to get the stadium going very soon, we will have to drop out of our bid for the Olympics," Bloomberg said before participating in the coin toss at the Jets' NFL season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals in East Rutherford, N.J.
The plan calls for a $1.4 billion stadium built on Manhattan's far West Side. But the idea has met with opposition from neighborhood residents, local politicians and some civic groups.
The proposed stadium would house the Jets and anchor the city's bid for the Olympics. Under the proposal, the Jets would spend $800 million and the city and state would add $300 million each.
New York is one of five finalists for the 2012 Olympics, along with Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow.
* TRACK AND FIELD: Triple jumper Christian Olsson of Sweden and 400-meter runner Tonique Williams-Darling of the Bahamas split the $1 million jackpot by winning at the season's final Golden League track meet in Berlin.
The jackpot goes to athletes who win their events at all six Golden League meets. To collect, however, the athletes must compete at next week's World Athletics Final in Monaco.
Olsson, who won the Olympic gold medal last month, soared 57 feet 3 inches in his second attempt at the ISTAF meet. Walter Davis of the United States was second at 56-53/4.
Williams-Darling needed the fastest time in the world this year of 49.07 seconds in the 400 to win her half of the jackpot. The Olympic champ led coming into the bend but was nearly caught by Ana Guevara of Mexico with less then 100 meters to go.
The only Olympic champion to lose was Kelly Holmes of Britain. Holmes won the 800 and 1,500 in Athens but was beaten in the longer distance in Berlin by Russia's Tatyana Tomashova, the world champion who lost the 1,500 Olympic final to Holmes.
Other winners included Asafa Powell of Jamaica (200); Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas (100); Youssef Saad Kamel of Bahrain (800); Joanna Hayes of the United States (100 hurdles); Yelena Slesarenko of Russia (high jump); Augustine Choge of Kenya (5,000); Paul Korir of Kenya (1,500); Bayano Kamani of Panama (400 hurdles); Tim Mack of the United States (pole vault); Allen Johnson of the United States (110 hurdles); and Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia (long jump).
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Freshman tailback Danny Ware will miss at least one game for No. 3 Georgia after tests showed he suffered a bruised lung on Saturday against South Carolina.
Coach Mark Richt said Ware won't play next week against Marshall, but should be ready for Louisiana State on Oct. 2. Ware rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns in Georgia's season-opening win over Georgia Southern, but was held out Saturday after he coughed up blood in the second quarter of the Bulldogs' 20-16 win.
* BROADCASTING: The first all-Russian women's final at the U.S. Open produced the third straight drop in TV ratings.
Prime-time coverage of Svetlana Kuznetsova's 6-3, 7-5 win over Elena Dementieva on Saturday night drew a preliminary national rating of 2.2 for CBS, down 12 percent from the 2.5 last year when Justine Henin-Hardenne beat fellow Belgian Kim Clijsters.
The rating means an average of 2.2 percent of the country's TV homes tuned in at any given moment.
The rating for this year's final and the championship match in 2003 were down sharply from the previous two years, when Serena and Venus Williams faced off for the U.S. Open title.
The rating is the percentage of all homes with televisions, whether or not they are in use.
* OBITUARY: Rosie Gacioch, whose baseball experiences during the World War II era helped inspire the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own," died at 89.
She died Thursday at Clinton-Aire Healthcare Center in suburban Detroit, the facility said yesterday.
Gacioch joined the All-American Girls Baseball League in 1944 and played for the Rockford Peaches from 1945 to '54. She led the league in triples in 1946 as an outfielder and became a pitcher in 1948, winning 20 games in 1951.
-- From News Services