The mayor of Paris, still bitter about his city's loss to London to host the 2012 Olympics, ruled out a bid for the 2016 Games.
Paris "will not be a candidate . . . and if I can support a South American or an African bid, I will do it gladly," Mayor Bertrand Delanoe told radio network Europe 1.
The Olympics have never been held in Africa or South America. With the 2012 Games in London, it's unlikely the 2016 Games will be held in Europe.
The French capital's 54-50 defeat to London in the final round of last Wednesday's International Olympic Committee vote in Singapore remains a subject of heated debate in France.
Paris had been considered the favorite, but London picked up crucial support in a late lobbying push by Prime Minister Tony Blair and powerful appeals by bid leader Sebastian Coe.
* GOLF: Michelle Wie bounced back with a 2-over 72 in the final round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur Public Links in Lebanon, Ohio, good enough to secure a spot in the match-play portion of the championship. She completed the 36 holes of medal play in 8-over 148.
Wie, a high school junior-to-be from Honolulu, is playing in the men's APL because the winner is traditionally invited to play at the Masters. . . .
Mari Chun, a 17-year-old from Hawaii, and Angela Park, a 16-year-old from Torrance, Calif., finished with 6-under 136s and were co-medalists after two rounds of stroke play in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links in Kansas City, Mo. Jenny Suh of Fairfax and Julia Huh of Pasadena, Md., also were among the 64 women who advanced.
* SOCCER: Greg Andrulis was fired as coach of the Columbus Crew, which has the worst record in MLS's Eastern Conference a year after winning the conference title. Assistant Robert Warzycha will lead the team (4-10-2) on an interim basis.
* WNBA: Crystal Robinson hit a three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left in overtime, leading the New York Liberty to a 68-65 win over the host Houston Comets. . . . Lisa Leslie scored a season-high 26 points and tied a season-best with 11 rebounds, leading the Los Angeles Sparks to a 71-59 victory over the visiting Charlotte Sting.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Missouri linebacker Aaron O'Neal died after collapsing during a voluntary workout with teammates. University Hospital spokeswoman Mary Jenkins confirmed the death of O'Neal, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman from the St. Louis suburb of Creve Coeur. The cause of death was not immediately available.
* COURTS: Former University of Maryland and Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini has been charged with drunken driving for the third time in as many years. Avellini, 51, was arrested Sunday after police spotted him driving erratically about 12:40 a.m. in Downers Grove, a suburb west of Chicago, police spokesman Lt. Lee Hahn said.
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