RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Paralympics will go ahead in Rio next month but organizers say deep budget cuts mean one venue will close down, facilities will be dismantled and the workforce will be reduced.Poor ticket sales have compounded existing financial challenges in recession-battered Brazil that have already hit operations at the Rio Olympics, which close Sunday.Rio has less than three weeks to prepare for Paralympics, the pinnacle of the disability sport calendar where organizers hoped to build on progress made at the well-attended games in London four years ago. But Rio organizers have reported sales of just over 290,000 tickets for the Sept. 7-18 Paralympics.At this point, it is difficult for us to expect the full venues that we saw in Beijing or London, or expect to see in Tokyo in four years time, International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven said Friday.The IPC said it has already sought to reduce costs over the last year and the new, deeper major budget cuts will affect every team and visitors to the games.Never before in the 56-year history of the Paralympic Games have we faced circumstances like this, Craven said. Since becoming aware of the full scale of the problem, we have focused all of our efforts on finding solutions to the problems.The IPC has secured an additional 150 million reals ($47 million) in funding from Rio mayor Eduardo Paes and said the government will bring in up to 100 million reals ($31 million) of sponsorship from state-run companies.But the workforce for the Paralympics will still be reduced, transport services cut and media centers closed. The wheelchair fencing competition will move to a new venue, allowing the Deodoro Olympic Park to be closed and dismantled.Grants of more than $7 million that the Rio Olympic organizers were due to make to the 165 participating countries in the Paralympics are almost a month overdue. The first athletes are due to arrive Aug. 31, although there will be no Russians after the country was suspended from the IPC over its state-sponsored doping scheme.Currently we have around 10 countries who, even if the grants are paid, may struggle to cover the cost of their travel to the games, Craven said. The IPC is working with them to find solutions and ensure their participation here in Rio.Britains Paralympic body expressed concern that Rios constrained budgets are setting back the games.London 2012 proudly showed the world what was possible and we want Rio to be the next stage of that positive journey, the British Paralympic Association said. The IPCs announcement makes clear that there is major risk to that.---This version corrects the name of the stadium to Deodoro.---Rob Harris at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports Wholesale NFL Jerseys China . 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Broadcasts have shown actor Bill Murray, delirious with joy, in the middle of a throng of fans that included John Cusack, an actor who has long rooted for the Cubs, and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, who turned his love for the Cubs into a song, Someday Well Go All The Way.Here, then, are some Cubs fans who are better known for what they do for a living than who they root for.---BOB NEWHARTChicago native Bob Newhart has been posing with the teams signature W for win flag in pictures on his Twitter account during the playoffs.The 87-year-old comedian said his first memory of going to a Cubs game was with his mother at age 6 or 7. He was 16 when he went to Chicagos LaSalle Street to cheer the Cubs as they were welcomed home after winning the National League pennant in 1945. The Cubs went on to lose the World Series to the Detroit Tigers and havent been back since.So why remain a Cubs fan?I guess Im not easily dissuaded, Newhart said. I used to say Im a Cub fan in my stand up because it kind of prepared you for life, you knew you were ahead and you knew you were going to blow it somehow. Thats a lesson all Cub fans shared until this year.Newhart went to Game 3 of the NLCS with his grandson on Tuesday. He said he hopes his Cubs fandom continues in his family.Im deathly afraid that its going to die with me because my grandchildren are Dodger fans, he said. Ive got to leave it to somebody to continue the fight.---GEORGE WILLPolitical commentator George Will cant explain why he started rooting for the Cubs as a little boy.I grew up in Champaign, midway between Chicago and St. Louis, he said. My friends became Cardinals fans and grew up cheerful and liberal and I, for reasons I dont understand, became a Cubs fan.Today, Will is certainly in a little better mood than Cardinals fans, whose team didnt even make the playoffs. But not by much.I was at the Bartman game, he said of the 2003 playoff game where a fan named Steve Bartman deflected a foul ball that seemed destined for Cubs outfielder Moises Alous glove just before the team -- and its chances to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945 -- disintegrated. So I am always nervous.Will is known best for writing about politics. But he has also written extensively about baseball, including a book about the home of the Cubs, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley at One Hundred, which is a long way of saying hes seen a lot of baseball and a lot of Cubs baseball.All of which is to say he knows two things: That the Cubs are the best team in baseball and that the best teaam in baseball does not always win in the playoffs.ddddddddddddHe also knows that even if the Cubs do survive this series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and reach the World Series, it might just delay the agony of the fans of a team that hasnt won the World Series since 1908.If the baseball gods are as diabolical as I think they are, theyve set it up for the Cubs to lose to Cleveland, he said. How vicious can they be?---JOE MANTEGNAActor Joe Mantegna, 68, is hoping his 101-year-old mother can see a Cubs win this year.It would be nice to see her celebrate a victory, he said. She was born in 1915 so the Cubs hadnt won for six years when she was born.Mantegna, known for roles in The Godfather: Part III and on the TV series Criminal Minds, grew up in Chicago going to Cubs games. Theres even a black-and-white picture of him sitting in front of a television watching a Cubs game, he said.One summer I went to 10 games and they lost all 10, he said. I really thought I was the reason they were losing. Thats what Cub fever will do to you.---NICK OFFERMAN and STEPHEN COLBERTParks and Recreation star Nick Offerman , a Cubs fan born in Joliet, Illinois, appeared on The Late Show on Tuesday with host Stephen Colbert -- also a Cubs fan.The banter:Colbert: Im a Cubs fan, youre a Cubs fan ... how are you handling the stress?Offerman: `I have a compartmentalization system. When I auditioned for the role of `Ron Swanson (on Parks and Recreation) it took five months to get the job so for that five months I had to put that information in this drawer thats not attached to emotion. So I know that something might happen in the coming weeks that would be very good for my baseball team, but Im not attaching emotion to it.Colbert: When do you attach the emotion to it? Youve loved and lost is what youre saying and now youre afraid to feel?Offerman: I suppose so. Ive become inured to feeling.---SARA PARETSKYNovelist Sara Paretsky traces her devotion to the Cubs to the day she heard about a young man who had shoveled the sidewalk in front of the home of a woman and her mother -- a man who turned out to be the Cubs first baseman at the time, Bill Buckner. The way Paretsky, a casual Cubs fan at the time, figured it, any team that had a player who helped a couple of women for no other reason than to be neighborly deserved her devotion.Now as the team that won more games than any other in the majors is in a position to reach the World Series for the first time since Harry Truman was president, Paretsky is, of course, distraught.I thought I had protected myself emotionally, but I realized this morning I am already in mourning, she said Wednesday, the day after the Cubs were shut out for the second straight game in the NL Championship Series.---Follow Caryn Rousseau on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/carynrousseau---This story has been corrected to Detroit Tigers in the sixth paragraph. 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