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set up a $100 million World Cup Legacy Fund for Brazil
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RIO DE JANEIRO - Footballs world governing body FIFA said Tuesday it had set up a $100 million World Cup Legacy Fund for Brazil, aimed at sports facilities, youth and womens football, and medical and health projects.FIFA President Sepp Blatter pledged two years ago to give back some of the 2014 World Cup income to grassroots programs in the South American country, which spent about $15 billion organizing last years World Cup.Spending on the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics is expected to top $15 billion.FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, speaking in Sao Paulo, said the World Cup inevitably has an impact on society and the environment in the host country. He said organizers had a responsibility to limit the associated negative effects, while at the same time maximizing the huge positive impact it can have.It will take years to assess the impact of the World Cup in Brazil.It is clear that Brazilian politicians underestimated the costs, stadiums were late getting ready, and many related infrastructure project were cancelled, or have yet to be completed. On the field, matches were high-scoring and jam-packed, and a heavy police and military presence helped discourage the kind of protests that overshadowed the 2013 Confederations Cup.Brazil was eliminated in a stunning 7-1 lost to Germany in the semifinals.FIFA, a not-for-profit organization based in Switzerland, generated more than $4 billion in sales from the 2014 World Cup. The figure could reach $5 billion for Russias 2018 World Cup.An analysis earlier this month said Brazil spent about $3 billion on new and refurbished stadiums, 90 per cent of it being public money. Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva had promised all stadiums would be privately financed.Government officials acknowledged that public holidays associated with the World Cup were partly to blame for the country falling into a technical recession late last year.Four of the 12 stadiums used for the World Cup are almost certain to become white elephants. Some are faced with hosting weddings and childrens events to generate income. Several are expected to host a few games for the Rio Olympics.Valcke acknowledged that some of the stadiums are not used permanently. He said it would take time to use all the stadiums at their maximum.He also responded to criticism of FIFA in the Brazilian media.Our commitment (is) to be in Brazil after the World Cup, not to leave, as some media said — I mean (comments like) FIFA is coming to Brazil taking the money out of Brazil and run away from Brazil right after the final. It is not true.FIFA is committed to develop and support football wherever we organize our events.Despite Brazils prestige in the game, Jose Maria Marin, president of the Brazilian Football Federation, said some of the legacy money was targeted for the 15 states where the game is not as well funded.We took on a commitment with the states that did not host the event to make sure the benefits of the World Cup will reach places where, although the love of football is huge, the structure offered to the community still cannot be compared to that which we see in the bigger cities.FIFA said the Brazilian federation was responsible for the projects — subject to FIFA approval. FIFA said the spending would be audited by accounting firm KPMG.__Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP Brian Westbrook Eagles Jersey . Even that couldnt slow them down against the New Orleans Hornets. 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The Cardinal couldnt deny a slight at a news conference a day earlier fueled them just a bit before pulling their second — and much bigger — upset of the NCAA tournament. Kansas freshmen Andrew Wiggins of Vaughan, Ont., and Wayne Selden Jr. ducked their heads and giggled Saturday when asked about Chasson Randle, Stanfords leading scorer. "We definitely saw that video," Randle said Sunday after the No. 10 seed Cardinal beat the second-seeded Jayhawks 60-57 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the South Regional. "Coach told me not to talk about it but I definitely took it as a challenge. It was a little big extra motivation." Enough for the Cardinal to make the Jayhawks the second No. 2 seed to be knocked out of this tournament in the third round and enough for them to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 2008. Wiggins was held to four points on 1-for-6 shooting in what could have been his final college game. He accepted his share of the responsibility for the loss. "I let a lot of people down," Wiggins said. "If I would have played better, we wouldnt be in this situation, you know? I blame myself for this." Torontos Dwight Powell had 15 points and seven rebounds despite playing with four fouls much of the second half and Randle added 13 points, six steals and four assists for the Cardinal (23-12), who were making their first NCAA appearance since 2008. "To beat a team like this, a storied program with great coaching, great players, always feels amazing," Powell said. "So as of right now were still in the race and were still playing in March, and it feels great." Centre Stefan Nastic, from Thornhill, Ont., had 10 points and four rebounds for the Cardinal. Stanford beat No. 7 seed New Mexico on Friday and will have a higher seed for the first time when it faces 11th-seeded Dayton in the regional semifinal in Memphis, Tenn. The Flyers beat No. 3 Syracuse 55-53. 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"We can make 3s but thats not what we rely on," Dawkins said. "I didnt even notice it because thats not what weve been." Tarik Black had 18 points and six rebounds for the Jayhawks, but he fouled out with 5:25 to go. Conner Frankamp had 12 points on four 3-pointers, the last two in the final 23 seconds to make it close after Stanford had pulled ahead by seven. Stanford was 9 for 12 at the free throw line over the final 2:04 and needed all those points. Frankamps second 3-pointer narrowed the gap to 59-57 with 14.9 seconds left. Anthony Brown hit one of two free throws with 12.9 seconds to go and Frankamp banged a third 3-point attempt off the glass near the buzzer in a bid to tie it. "I knew when that left my hand it was off," Frankamp said. "I didnt get a great look at it." 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