IOC President Thomas Bach predicted on Wednesday that the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will "overwhelm" the world, despite Brazil's deep financial crisis.

Bach, visiting Athens for an awards ceremony, described Brazil as being in a "situation of crisis" but said the country was on course to stage "an Olympic Games with a great joy of life and a great passion for sport."

Since being awarded the Games in 2009, Brazil has suffered a financial downturn and is dealing with an outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has caused international health concerns. Bach did not refer to either crisis specifically.

"If you consider the circumstances that our Brazilian friends are working under you can only appreciate the great work they are doing for the Olympic Games, and you can look forward to [being] overwhelmed by the passion of our Brazilian hosts," Bach said.


Olympic champ Ligety injured

Olympic and world giant slalom champion Ted Ligety tore the ACL in his right knee during a training crash Wednesday in Oberjoch, Germany.

Ligety, 31, used Facebook to post a video of his wipeout and wrote, "We all know ski racing is a dangerous sport, but I always thought I could avoid a season ender."

COllege Football

Mammoth find delays project

Construction workers unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State football field.

The Oregonian reported that crews working on an expansion around Reser Stadium found a femur from a mammoth and bones from a bison and camel, all dating back 10,000 years.

The find will change the construction schedule, moving work elsewhere while scientists examine the bones.

College athletics

Michigan lands athletic director

Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel has agreed to become Michigan's new athletic director, various people familiar with the situation said.

Manuel, a former Michigan football player who served in the school's athletic department for years as an administrator, will be the 13th athletic director in school history.

Every Michigan athletic director since 1921 has had a previous tie to the university, whether as a coach, athlete, fundraiser or staffer.


Azinger to replace Norman

Paul Azinger has been selected as the lead golf analyst for Fox Sports as it enters the second year of televising the U.S. Open and other USGA championships.

Fox confirmed Wednesday that Azinger is replacing Greg Norman.

Fox signed a 12-year deal with the USGA that started last year, and the first big test was the U.S. Open. Norman was criticized for his work during that tournament.


Tennis: Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens will lead the U.S. Fed Cup team against Poland next month., but Williams' sister Serena is not on the roster, the U.S. Tennis Association announced. CoCo Vandeweghe and doubles specialist Bethanie Mattek-Sands are also on the team that will play Poland on Feb. 6-7 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

Soccer: Former England defender Ashley Cole joined the Los Angeles Galaxy. Cole, 35, has made more than 107 appearances for England, the most for a fullback in the national team's history.

Obituary: Barney Hall, known to NASCAR fans as the "Voice of the Motor Racing Network" for five decades, died late Tuesday in Daytona Beach, Fla. He was 83.