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                                      RIO DE JANEIRO -- Nearly 2 + months after the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, hundreds of workers still havent been paid and are planning to sue the local organizing committee to get their money. Patrik Laine Stanley Cup Jersey .Among those late getting paid are about 100 freelance contractors who worked as stadium announcers, show producers and DJs, and several hundred others who worked for the Olympic News Service, which produced written summaries about the sports and athletes at the Olympics and subsequent Paralympics.Im working with a legal firm that is already representing someone involved with Rio 2016, so they have a pretty good handle what is going on, Rocky Bester, a South African freelance show producer, told The Associated Press in an interview.Bester, a spokesman for the 100 contractors, said hes never experienced such problems at previous Olympics. This was his seventh, and he said all hes received from Rio organizers is silence and excuses.Weve had robust conversations at other Olympics about payments, but its always been an open conversation, Bester said. What is happening here is that no one is talking back. Were sitting in the dark. Were mushrooms at the moment.He termed it a basic lack of respect.Rio Olympic officials blamed the delays on late payments from their own sponsors, the Rio city hall and the International Olympic Committee.We are paying, but not all the money we need to have for payments has been received, Rio spokesman Mario Andrada told The Associated Press. We are struggling a bit in making the ends meet.Cash-flow problems, budget cuts and cost overruns dogged organizers throughout the run-up to the Olympics. As the games opened on Aug. 5, organizers needed millions in a bailout from the city and federal governments, breaking a promise to use only private money to fund the $2.8 billion operating budget.The amounts owed the freelancers are relatively modest. Bester declined to offer figures but said hed been paid about half of what he was owed, but said others have received nothing. He said many are living off credit cards, running up high-interest debt.The guys who are suffering are the youngsters, Bester said. Its their first Olympic Games, its a prestigious thing. The last thing that is going to enter their head is they are not going to get paid.Bester said some contractors were asked to buy their own air tickets, and many have not been reimbursed.Andrada, the Rio organizing committee spokesman, said several first-class international sponsors owe organizers, but he declined to name them.Some of the payment delays were due to a monthlong strike at Brazilian banks, which ended Oct. 7, Andrada said. Reports that organizers were slow to pay bills created a herd movement with creditors putting pressure on us, he added.Andrada estimated that Rio organizers owed creditors in the area of 100 million Brazilian reals ($32 million).He said the organizing committee had downsized from 5,000 employees when the games opened to about 400. The entity will be dissolved next year with only lawyers remaining to settle any disputed claims.Others have blamed some problems on outgoing Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes, who was credited by the IOC with driving the games. He seems to have moved on from Olympic problems.Paes office said he is headed to New Yorks Columbia University on a short-term teaching assignment when he leaves office at the end of the year. His hand-picked candidate to succeed him -- Pedro Paulo -- was badly beaten in an October election.Paes committed a reserve fund of 150 million reals ($47 million) to help pay organizing committee debts. Now he appears to have backed off.Well meet our obligations as long as we have the resources, and they are really needed. To do this, the organizing committee needs to show us their audited expenses, Paes told the Rio newspaper O Globo.The newspaper Folha de S.Paulo has also reported that thousands of fans have yet to receive payments for ticket refunds. Some who have been reimbursed say the amounts dont match what they believe they are owed.Everybody will be paid, Andrada said. The trouble is the delay. We will pay the money.---Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP . 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INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano took advantage of his second chance Monday.Less than 24 hours after imploring his players to develop a knockout punch, Pagano walked back his postgame comments and tried to put a more positive spin on what happened Sunday night in Houston.If I could say it over again, I would probably word it differently because weve done it so many times before and they know how to get the job done, he said. Just because you get into a situation where youre up 14 or down 14, you dont change the way you play.Theres no way to sugarcoat how the Colts (2-4) wound up in the AFC South basement after seemingly have sewn up a share of the division lead.For 3+ quarters, the Colts played their most complete game of the season. The offensive line cleared running lanes and protected Andrew Luck relatively well, the defense held Houston in check and they extended the lead to 14 with 7:04 to go.With Luck down to only two healthy receivers and two healthy tight ends and the Colts injury-riddled secondary getting thinner as the game wore on, Houston rallied to tie the score in the final three minutes before winning in overtime.Afterward, Pagano told reporters that the Colts must do a better job finishing. And when he was asked if the problem was a lack of mental toughness, Pagano responded: Its about having a killer instinct.With a little rest and some time to reflect on what went wrong, Pagano adjusted those comments.I think what we are right now is a three-quarter team and weve got to find a way to become a four-quarter team, Pagano said We start some games slow and finish strong. This one, we started fast and didnt finish well.Either way, the poor results keep coming.After Luck drove the Colts to a go-ahead field goal with 37 seconds left in the season opener, Detroit responded by driving for a field goal and the win.In Week 2, Luck had the ball back with 1:51 to play and needing a touchdown to win at Denver. This time, Von Miller sacked Luck, stripping the ball that Shane Ray scooped up and returned for the finishing score.Sunday nights debacle made it a trilogy.If you havve the opportunity in this league, you have to put people away, Luck said Sunday night. Keith Tkachuk Stanley Cup Jersey. Its too hard to win games surviving mistakes.Clearly, this has been a recurring theme and the numbers prove it.In almost 3+ seasons, Luck has 37 regular-season wins. Sixteen, or 43.2 percent, came courtesy of fourth-quarter or overtime comebacks.This seasons only two victories, over the two-win Chargers and one-win Bears, came as a result of long touchdown passes in the final four minutes.The latest debacle has raised more questions outside the team complex about whether the Colts can close out games. Inside the locker room, it was tough to handle.Knowing if we won this, wed be tied for first, running back Frank Gore said after ending the leagues longest streak without a 100-yard rusher at 55 games. We were up, the way we were up, dominating the game, but we didnt get the job done. Thats tough.So Pagano will spend the next few days trying to piece things back together before heading to Tennessee (3-3) this weekend.The expectations are the expectations, those never change. This is a winning, winning organization, Pagano said. They won a ton (of games) long before I got here. Weve had good success since Ive been here and the expectation is to win.Game notes Pagano was still awaiting word on four players who did not finish the game. He said he expected to have updates on tight end Dwayne Allen (ankle), linebacker Curt Maggitt (ankle) and receivers Quan Bray (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) later this week. ... Pagano said receiver Donte Moncrief, who has missed four straight games with a fractured shoulder blade, is getting healthier but wasnt yet sure if he would return to practice this week. ... Indy waived rookie cornerback Frankie Williams on Monday. 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