The 10,500 athletes at next year's Olympics will feel firsthand the deep budget cuts buffeting the Rio de Janeiro Games: They won't have air conditioning in their bedrooms unless someone pays for it.
Air conditioning is "fat," Games organizers said, and fat must be cut. Mario Andrada, spokesman for the Rio Games, said organizers must cut $520 million to keep the budget at $1.9 billion.
"We don't think it's going to be critical," he said about air conditioning. The Games take place in the South American winter — Aug. 5-21, 2016 — but this year on Aug. 19 the temperature hit 95.7 degrees.
Rio organizers are being hit by a deep recession, a steep fall in the value of the local currency against the dollar, and 10 percent inflation.
More arrests in FIFA probe
Five current and former members of FIFA's executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges as part of U.S. prosecutors' widening investigation into soccer corruption.
Arrested at a Zurich hotel were Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, president of the South American confederation; Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, head of the North and Central American and Caribbean governing body; Ricardo Teixeira, a former Brazilian federation head; former CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb and former executive committee member Luis Bedoya.
MLB sets up Cuba trip
Joe Torre and Dave Winfield will lead a baseball goodwill tour of Cuba this month.
Major League Baseball and the Players Association revealed details of a Dec. 15-18 trip that will include children's clinics and a charity event. This is Major League Baseball's first visit to Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played an exhibition game there in 1999.
'18 World Juniors going outdoors
The World Junior Hockey Championships will return to Buffalo in 2018 and will include an outdoor game to be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, sources said.
The 2011 World Juniors in Buffalo drew more than 330,000 fans during the 11-day event.
The NHL's Sabres are submitting a bid to the NHL to host the Winter Classic, to coincide with the World Junior tournament outdoor game.
AROUND THE HORN
Golf: Paul Casey birdied the 18th hole for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead with Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson in the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas.
Horse racing: Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male in an undefeated 2013 season, was euthanized after a brief bout with colic. Shared Belief won 10 of 12 career starts.
College volleyball: The Big Ten is off to a 2-0 start in the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin, the No. 6 overall seed, beat Oregon 25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-19 in a first-round match in Madison. Unseeded Purdue won 25-27, 25-17, 28-26, 25-16 over SMU in its opening match in Austin, Texas.
Swimming: Michael Phelps won the 200-meter individual medley at the U.S. Winter National Championships in Federal Way, Wash., finishing in 1 minute, 57.61 seconds, well off his world-best time this year of 1:54.75.