If Boston successfully lands the 2024 Olympic Summer Games, some of its New England neighbors hope all that gold, silver and bronze adds up to green.

Officials in Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut say a winning Boston bid could mean a huge economic boon to their states, each near enough to attract visitors, foreign competitors and maybe even Olympic events.

A Boston Olympics also could spur improvements to transportation systems that have been sought since the turn of the century.

"I think it could be a very good thing for the whole region," Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said.

Raimondo said she has spoken with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker about collaborating. For example, Newport, R.I., is known for world-class sailing and will seek to host the sailing competition, and it's the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which could host matches.

Officials in Connecticut are offering up facilities, too, including the XL Center and the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, the Rentschler Field stadium that is home to the University of Connecticut football team and the Connecticut Tennis Center in New Haven.

To the north in New Hampshire, a Boston Olympics could provide a boost to long-sought efforts to extend commuter rail into the southern part of the state, a quarter-billion-dollar project that's been pushed for 15 years.

"Everybody right now is very excited about the potential for the Olympics coming here in 2024," said Mike Izbicki, chairman of the New Hampshire Rail Transit Association.


Giants owner Ann Mara dies

Ann Mara, the matriarch of the NFL's New York Giants, has died in Rye, N.Y. She was 85.

Giants co-owner John Mara said his mother died Sunday from complications of a head injury suffered in a fall two weeks ago.

Ann Mara and her children owned 50 percent of the Giants, inherited from her husband, Wellington Mara, whose father founded the team in 1925. She was involved enough that she used to remind John Mara that "you're an employee.'"

After the Giants missed the playoffs in 2013, John was asked whether his job was safe and said, "Not according to my mother, it's not."


Miller says he'll ski at worlds

Six-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller, who has not raced this season because of a back injury, confirmed that he will compete in the Alpine world championships, which are set to begin Tuesday in Beaver Creek, Colo.

He doesn't plan to hold back.

"I wouldn't be racing if I wasn't trying to win or get medals," he said.


Bobsledding: Olympic silver medalist Oskars Melbardis drove Latvia to victory in a four-man World Cup race in La Plagne, France, for his third victory this season. He leads the standings after six of the season's eight races.

Figure skating: Russians Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov won gold at the European Championships in Stockholm, heading a Russian sweep of the top three spots. Russia also swept the women's competition Saturday.