Briefs: Turin Olympics might have cutbacks

first_imgTurin Olympic organizers are considering sweeping cutbacks for next year’s Winter Games in Italy because of a budget shortfall that could reach $63.72 million. The Italian government is proposing a $19.24 million cut in Olympic spending, adding to an existing gap of $44.48 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Patterson had an appendectomy and could miss up to three weeks. Patterson was admitted to a hospital Monday night after experiencing abdominal pain, coach Jim Grobe said. The New Orleans Bowl is moving from the damaged Louisiana Superdome to Cajun Field on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Dec. 20 game matches the Sun Belt Conference champion against a Conference USA opponent. HORSE RACING: Hurricane Run, winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, won’t run in the Breeders’ Cup because of a cough. SOCCER: Qatar is donating $6 million to help build a soccer stadium for a mixed Arab-Jewish team, the first such funding by an Arab state for any town inside Israel. The pledge comes amid efforts to improve ties between the Arab world and Israel after last month’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. At least 60 people were injured when thousands of people stormed an already packed soccer stadium in northern Brazil to watch the national team train for a World Cup qualifying match against Venezuela. The incident occurred at Mangueirao stadium in the city of Belem, about 1,900 miles north of Sao Paulo in the state of Para. Most of the 60 people injured were treated at the stadium’s medical facilities and released shortly afterward, according to a statement issued by the state government. Turin organizing committee CEO Cesare Vaciago listed possible cuts in personnel, advertising, free public transport, cleaning and maintenance for the Feb. 10-26 games and the Paralympics which follow in March. He stressed the cuts would not involve security, which is being paid for by the Interior Ministry. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Kyle Ambrogi, a senior running back for Penn football team, committed suicide on Monday, a Penn spokeswoman said. Ambrogi scored two touchdowns in Saturday’s 53-7 victory over Bucknell. center_img COLLEGE BASKETBALL: A gay rights advocacy group has accused Penn State women’s basketball coach Rene Portland of forcing a player to transfer earlier this year out of bias against lesbians. The National Center for Lesbian Rights asked president Graham Spanier for a meeting to discuss Portland’s policies and the transfer of former player Jennifer Harris. MOTOR SPORTS: The Champ Car World Series will switch from the Lola chassis to the American-built Panoz in 2007 to reduce costs and attempt to attract additional teams. Built by Elan Motorsports Technologies of Braselton, Ga., the Panoz is one of the two chassis now used in the rival Indy Racing League, whose contracts with Elan and Italian manufacturer Dallara expire after the 2006 season. The initial agreement between Elan and Champ Car will run for three seasons, series president Steve Johnson said. PASSINGS: Angelo Argea, who spent two decades on the bag for Jack Nicklaus and became an iconic figure among caddies for his shock of silver hair, died of liver cancer. He was 75. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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