A state board delayed a vote on whether New York state should pump $300 million into a stadium that would provide a new home for the New York Jets and a vital selling point in luring the 2012 Olympics.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Olympic bid organizers said yesterday that putting off the state Public Authorities Control Board until Monday will allow more time for negotiation.
But the change also puts the funding vote on the same day that the International Olympic Committee is to receive evaluations of the Summer Games bids by New York and four other cities.
The $2 billion facility to go up over the rail yards on Manhattan's West Side is considered key to New York's chances, and the mayor promised an IOC panel in February that it would be built.
Bloomberg said yesterday during his weekly radio show that he thought there were "ways for us to get together and do what this city needs."
Gov. George Pataki, who also supports the stadium, agreed. "This is an issue that should be resolvable," he said.
Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, in a letter to IOC President Jacques Rogge on Thursday, reiterated his support for a stadium -- but only if New York wins the bid over the challengers.
The IOC will select a host city for the 2012 Olympics on July 6. The other finalists are London, Paris, Moscow and Madrid. . . .
Greek weightlifter Leonidas Sampanis, who turned to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, withdrew his appeal of his doping disqualification from the 2004 Olympics.
Sampanis was stripped of his bronze medal in the 137-pound division and expelled from the Athens Games after a doping test showed an abnormally high level of testosterone. . . .
The Olympic flame will be carried to the top of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak, as part of the torch relay for the 2008 Beijing Games.
Zhang Ming, the official in charge of the relay, said a test run by state broadcaster CCTV had satisfied organizers that the torch's journey up the 29,035-foot mountain could be televised live. Researchers also were satisfied the flame wouldn't be extinguished through lack of oxygen, she said.
* BROADCASTING: Danica Patrick didn't win the Indianapolis 500, but her performance helped ABC get its best rating for the race since 1996.
Sunday's race got a national rating of 6.5 with an 18 share, up 59 percent from last year's 4.7 with an 11 share.
* PRO FOOTBALL: St. Louis wide receiver Isaac Bruce was held out of the Rams' minicamp because of an irregularity in a heart test.
Bruce, 32, said he believed the test was a mistake and is expected to undergo a second test next week. "Something funny showed up on the EKG, that's all," Bruce said. "I was a little shocked. I'm thinking something's wrong with the machine, not anything wrong with me." . . .
Rick Spielman has left the Dolphins after five seasons helping oversee their personnel moves, as he became increasingly irrelevant with new coach Nick Saban having complete control over the roster. . . .
The New York Jets have extended the contract of defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson. Terms were not released.
* BOXING: Riddick Bowe's bid for a Tennessee boxing license has been extended again after a neurologist said he needed more tests to determine whether the former heavyweight champion is fit to fight.
Bowe, 37, is trying to revive his boxing career since his release from prison last spring after serving an 18-month sentence for kidnapping his estranged wife and five children. He has boxed twice since.
* SOCCER: Hans Westerhof was introduced yesterday as the coach of the struggling MLS expansion team Chivas USA, declining to commit to the job past this season. Westerhof began running practices Monday but couldn't formally be appointed coach until receiving a visa and work permit.
* HORSE RACING: Russell Baze has become the second jockey to reach 9,000 victories.
The 46-year-old Hall of Famer recorded the milestone Thursday when he rode Queen of the Hunt to a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the eighth race at Golden Gate (Calif.) Fields. Only retired Hall of Famer Laffit Pincay Jr., has more wins, with 9,530.
* GYMNASTICS: Spaniard Rafael Martinez topped the men's all-around qualifying at the European individual gymnastics championships in Debrecen, Hungary.
Defending all-around champion Marian Dragulescu, of Romania, failed to qualify.
-- From News Services