Yugoslavia Despite War, Games Will Be Played
Europe's soccer governing body has reconfirmed its commitment to keep Yugoslavia in the 2000 European championship tournament and said that games postponed because of the Kosovo conflict will be rescheduled.
In a decision made Tuesday during a two-day committee meeting, UEFA's executive committee said the Ireland vs. Yugoslavia and Macedonia vs. Croatia games will be played June 5 in Dublin and Skopje, respectively. Albania's game against Norway also is scheduled to be played that day.
Three days later, Yugoslavia will play Malta in Salonica, Greece.
Croatia had objected to playing in Skopje, arguing that the Macedonian capital was too close to Kosovo's capital of Pristina.
UEFA has defended keeping Yugoslavia eligible for the 2000 European championship tournament but has agreed that it should not be allowed to play its matches at home. UEFA also has informed the Yugoslav soccer federation that Yugoslav players are prohibited from displaying any sign of protest over the Kosovo conflict, such as black arm bands, and said the team's security would be guaranteed in each of the venues.
UEFA is to meet again June 17 to review the Balkan situation and decide on the definite dates for other postponed games.
In other matters decided by UEFA last week, the draw for the first and second qualifying rounds of the Champions League and the UEFA Cup will be on June 30, and the draw for the third qualifying phase of the Champions League will be on July 23.
In Libertadores Cup, Palmeiras, Deportivo Cali in Championship
There will be a new winner of the Libertadores Cup, as Palmeiras of Brazil and Deportivo Cali of Colombia advanced to the finals of South America's premier club competition.
Palmeiras, which qualified for the competition as last season's Copa Brasil winner, defeated River Plate of Buenos Aires, 3-0, in Sao Paulo to advance, 3-1, on aggregate. The Argentines fielded a defensive lineup in an effort to protect their 1-0 first-leg advantage, but fell behind 2-0 after 20 minutes on goals by Alex and Roque Junior. Palmeiras advanced to the finals in 1961 and 1968.
Deportivo will return to the finals for the first time in 21 years after defeating Cerro Porteno of Paraguay, 6-3, on aggregate. Cerro won on Wednesday, 3-2.
The finals will take place June 2 and 16.
A day after quitting as England's rugby union captain, Lawrence Dallaglio said Tuesday he experimented with drugs as a teenager. But, he said he never sold or took drugs as a player.
Dallaglio acknowledged that he told undercover tabloid reporters that he sold drugs during his teens and used drugs during a British Lions tour to South Africa two years ago.
But he said he had lied to the reporters to impress them and "play along" with their line of questioning.
"I can give no sensible justification for doing that," Dallaglio told a news conference at Twickenham, the home of English rugby. "I feel totally humiliated for having to acknowlege that fact now."
Dallaglio, 26, said he had used drugs in his late teens, though he declined to be specfic, and said he has been drug-free for years.
Old Man and the Sea
During his 203 days of sailing in the Around Alone race, Japanese skipper Minoru Saito lost an autopilot, his alternator, his food, his propeller and his centerboard.
But at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday the 65-year-old retired Tokyo businessman became the oldest sailor to complete the 27,000-mile course. He is among three people to finish it three times and is the first Japanese skipper to circle the globe three times.
"It's my last race," Saito said, lounging on the stern of Shuten-dohji II just after crossing the finish in Charleston, S.C.
He has sailed in the Around Alone three times since 1990, and has logged 173,000 miles overall in six trips around the world.
"He's a seaman in the old mold. He's got a lot of respect for the ocean and his little ship," said race director Mark Schrader.
Saito said he took his heart medicine every day, along with a little beer and sake. Now he plans to buy a smaller boat to cruise the Azores and the Mediterranean.
The Japanese sailor was eighth overall and sixth in Class II.
Into Super Six
Pakistan beat New Zealand by 62 runs in a Cricket World Cup Group B match Friday in Derby, England, to qualify for the Super Six stage of the tournament.
The Pakistanis completed their fourth straight victory after scoring 269-8 in 50 overs and restricting New Zealand to 207-8. New Zealand has four points from four matches and will probably have to beat Scotland in its final group match Monday to have a chance of progressing.
"We are very confident and are playing some good cricket at the moment," said Pakistan captain Wasim Akram.
Man-of-the-match Inzamam-ul-Haq's unbeaten 73 was the highlight of the Pakistan innings, and he received support from Ijaz Ahmed (51) and Abdul Razzaq (33). Geoff Allott was the most successful New Zealand bowler with figures of 4-64.
New Zealand never recovered from losing openers Matt Horne and Nathan Astle with only 12 runs on the board. Although Fleming made 69 and Chris Harris 42, Pakistan cruised to victory with Azhar Mahmood taking 3-38 from his 10 overs.
Pakistan's last group match is Monday against Bangladesh.
CAPTION: Above: Andres Mosqueira, right, of Colombia's Deportivo Cali, battles for the ball with Gauchinho, of Paraguay's Cerro Porteno, during their Libertadores Cup semifinal game in Asuncion, Paraguay, on Wednesday.
CAPTION: Zinho of the Brazilian team Palmeiras celebrates his team's victory with teammate Marcos after beating Argentina's River Plate in a Libertadores Cup semifinal game in Sao Paulo on Wednesday.