Chicago Olympic organizers are on track to spend about $58 million trying to lure the 2016 Summer Games to the Midwest.

According to the group's Internal Revenue Service filing released yesterday, the Chicago 2016 Exploratory Committee spent about $9 million during the initial phase of the bid. It has previously estimated it would spend another $49 million before the International Olympic Committee picks a host city next year.

Organizers have said the bid will be privately financed and that they raised about $32 million between July 2006 and June 2007, the period covered by the recent filing. They ended that period with more than $22 million in cash on hand.

The tax-exempt group says it's on track to have the money it needs.

"Our fundraising for the last year has continued to be robust," Chicago 2016 spokesman Patrick Sandusky said. He would not provide more updated financial figures.

Along with Chicago, the others vying are Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Tokyo; Madrid, Spain; Doha, Qatar; Prague, Czech Republic, and Baku, Azerbaijan.


* Jonathan Byrd shot his second straight 6-under-par 66 to take a three-stroke lead over Kenny Perry and Ryan Palmer at the PGA Tour's AT&T Classic in Duluth, Ga.

* Rain washed out play at the LPGA Tour's Sybase Classic in Clifton, N.J., which will be cut from 72 to 54 holes when play resumes today.

* Andy Bean and Monday qualifier Mike Goodes shared the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Ala.


* Tickets to the 2009 NCAA Tournament's first- and second-round games at Wachovia Center on March 19 and March 21 are sold out.

* Running back George Stripling was dismissed from the Louisville football team for an unspecified violation of team rules.

* North Carolina basketball player Alex Stepheson is transferring because he wants to be closer to his family in California. The Los Angeles native said he family is facing unspecified health concerns.

* Don Friday, a two-time conference coach of the year during his five seasons at Division III Lycoming College, is the new men's basketball coach at Division I St. Francis University in western Pennsylvania.


* Serena Williams withdrew from her quarterfinal at the Italian Open in Rome with a back problem, and older sister Venus Williams lost to Jelena Jankovic.

* Defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal cruised into the semifinals of the Hamburg Masters in Germany.

Horse Racing

* More than 400 racehorses, many in perfect health, are killed via lethal injection at a clinic near the Hipodromo Camarero in Puerto Rico, because they lose on the track, an Associated Press examination of records revealed.

Auto Racing

* In separate crashes during practice for the Indianapolis 500, Ryan Briscoe, E.J. Viso and Will Power were not hurt.

* Kyle Busch captured the pole for tonight's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. *