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U.S. cuts 2012 Olympic hopefuls to four

SALT LAKE CITY -- Will it be the Big Apple or the Golden Gate? The nation's capital or Texas bluebonnet country? One of four American cities will carry the U.S. Olympic Committee's banner for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

New York, Houston, San Francisco and Washington made the cut Friday as the U.S. Olympic Committee narrowed down the list of American cities competing to stage the games. Dallas, Los Angeles, Cincinnati and Tampa, Fla., were dropped from consideration.

The USOC will choose an American candidate from the four finalists in November 2002. The International Olympic Committee will vote on the host city in 2005.

Central Florida to join MAC football

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Central Florida approved its football team's move to the Mid-American Conference.

The school will be in the MAC's Eastern Division and will play Toledo, Akron, Ohio and Kent State at home next season as well as Western Michigan, Marshall, Buffalo and Miami of Ohio.

Central Florida's board of trustees unanimously approved the move Thursday.

Amerks get home win over Albany

ROCHESTER -- Francois Methot scored two goals, including the game-winner with 6:31 to play, as the Rochester Americans defeated the Albany River Rats, 5-3, on Friday in a battle of struggling American Hockey League teams.

Methot won a faceoff and drew the puck back to defenseman Henrik Tallinder at the right point. Tallinder's shot was stopped by goalie Frederic Henry. But Methot, laying on the ice after being upended as he drove to the slot, scooped in the rebound.

Methot and Jeremy Adduono gave Rochester a 2-0 lead with first-period goals. Christian Matte clinched the win with an empty-net goal with 54 seconds to play.

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