Joana Havelange, who is on the board of the organizing committee for next month's World Cup, shared a social media message telling fellow Brazilians to get over the event's $11 billion price tag.

"What's been spent, what's been robbed, has already happened," said an excerpt of a message shared on social networking website Instagram by Havelange. "Destroying what we have today won't change what will be done tomorrow."

The World Cup, which kicks off June 12 in Sao Paulo with Brazil playing Croatia, has been the subject of criticism about the amount the host nation is spending on soccer's showpiece event.

  • Federal prosecutors in Brazil have asked a court to suspend the airing of government advertisements touting the benefits that the World Cup will bring to the country, saying the ads are "absurdly divorced from reality."

  • A doctor treating Diego Costa for a hamstring injury said the striker has a muscle tear that needs to be reassessed in 15 days, raising doubts about his chances of making Spain's World Cup squad.

  • Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his league-leading 11th goal of the season, and the New York Red Bulls (3-5-6) ended a three-match losing streak with a 1-1 MLS draw against Sporting Kansas City (5-4-4).

  • The final of Central America's soccer championship will be played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 13.

    NFL

    Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith has undergone surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his right ankle but is expected back for the start of the Seattle Seahawks' training camp in July.

    College basketball

    Florida coach Billy Donovan won't guarantee he will be back next season. Donovan reiterated at the Southeastern Conference's annual spring meetings that he's committed to the Gators, but left open the possibility of jumping to the NBA.

    Track & field

    Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell has asked for his 18-month doping ban to be reduced to three months, arguing that he only committed a minor offense. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said in a statement that it has received an appeal from the Jamaican sprinter, who has been suspended from competition since his doping case was disclosed last July.

    Cycling

    Nairo Quintana moved into the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia after winning a tough and controversial 16th stage, in difficult weather conditions across the legendary Gavia and Stelvio climbs. Quintana finished eight seconds ahead of Ryder Hesjedal. Pierre Rolland was third, 1:13 slower, on the 139-kilometer (86-mile) route from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello..

    Boxing

    Former light heavyweight champion Matthew Saad Muhammad, who was abandoned as a child and rose to become "one of the most exciting boxers of all time" and later an advocate for the homeless after a stay in a shelter himself, has died. He was 59.

    Bloomberg News contributed to this report.