In a last-ditch effort to land the 2012 Olympics, the city will substitute a planned baseball stadium for the football stadium rejected by state leaders earlier this month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday.
Bloomberg said the new stadium would be built on land owned by the city next to Shea Stadium in Queens and would be used by the New York Mets. He said he was committed to fighting for the 2012 Summer Games despite the recent setback.
"New Yorkers aren't quitters," he said. "We just don't walk away from our future."
Bloomberg said the Mets will build the stadium, which will be privately funded, for the 2009 season. The city and state will provide $160 million in infrastructure, he said.
Bloomberg and his NYC2012 bid committee worked through the weekend to finalize the revised plan, which could be presented to the International Olympic Committee next week. The IOC will choose a host city July 6 in Singapore.
The city is competing against Paris, London, Madrid and Moscow to host the Games.
On June 6, state leaders refused to approve $300 million in funding for a proposed $2.2 billion football stadium on Manhattan's West Side. The stadium was to have been used primarily as the home of the New York Jets.
* TENNIS: Roger Federer beat a racket-slamming Marat Safin, 6-4, 6-7 (8-6), 6-4, to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, for the third year in a row. The top-ranked Swiss captured his 20th straight ATP final and 29th straight match on grass courts.
Federer's last loss on grass was in June 2002 against Mario Ancic in the first round at Wimbledon. Bjorn Borg holds the record for consecutive grass-court victories in the Open era with 41. Federer's finals streak started in Vienna in 2003, and his record this year is 51-3. . . .
Maria Sharapova struggled on a cold day to defeat Jelena Jankovic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, to capture the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England, and win the Wimbledon warmup for the second straight year. . . .
Andy Roddick won his third consecutive title at Queen's, defeating 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic, 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-4) in London to join Lleyton Hewitt and John McEnroe as the only players to win the Wimbledon tuneup three straight times.
* CYCLING: Lance Armstrong finished fourth overall in the Dauphine Libere, a Tour de France tuneup in France, as Spain's Inigo Landaluze earned his first professional victory.
Colombia's Santiago Botero was second overall, followed by U.S. rider Levi Leipheimer.
Armstrong, preparing for a bid at a seventh straight Tour de France title next month, was third in the final stage. Discovery Channel teammate George Hincapie won the seventh stage, leading a 1-2-3 finish for the squad.
* WNBA: Vickie Johnson scored 21 points to help the New York Liberty defeat the visiting Detroit Shock for the first time in three games this season, 72-69. . . .
Janell Burse's layup with 0.1 of a second left gave the visiting Seattle Storm a 62-60 win over the Charlotte Sting.
* ARENA FOOTBALL: Clay Rush kicked a 20-yard field goal as time expired to give the Colorado Crush a 51-48 victory over the Georgia Force in the Arena Bowl in Las Vegas.
John Dutton set up the game-winning field goal with a 37-yard pass to Kevin McKenzie with five seconds left.
Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway accepted the Foster Arena Bowl Trophy as part-owner of the Crush, which won its first title in just its third season in the Arena Football League.
* BROADCASTING: Afleet Alex's victory in the Belmont Stakes drew a 5.0 overnight rating, down 63 percent from last year, when Smarty Jones attempted to win the Triple Crown.
The NBC broadcast pulled an 11 share. Birdstone's upset of Smarty Jones drew a 13.4 overnight rating with a 27 share. The last Belmont Stakes that didn't decide the Triple Crown was in 2001, when NBC drew a 4.9/13.
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