Casagrande In, Armstrong Out

Francesco Casagrande of Italy yesterday won his second consecutive San Sebastian Classic, a World Cup cycling event.

Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong had to quit about 25 miles from the finish because of a flat tire.

Casagrande covered the 143 miles in 5 hours 15 minutes 29 seconds in the sixth of 10 one-day races comprising cycling's World Cup.

Armstrong had said the San Sebastian would be his last of the European season.

Yesterday's race was the first world class event since the conclusion of the Tour de France in July.


Reyna Plays On

American midfielder Claudio Reyna (Virginia) quickly is making an impact in his first full season with Scottish champion Glasgow Rangers. Yesterday, Reyna followed up last week's winning goal in the Rangers' season opener with two goals in a surprising 4-0 rout of Hearts in Edinburgh. Reyna, 26, put the Rangers into the lead in the 14th minute after a quick give-and-go with Michael Mols freed him behind the Hearts defense and he finished the scoring with a header in the 73rd minute.

Reyna's three goals lead the Scottish Premier League and the Rangers' 2-0 record leaves them tied for first with archrival Celtic.


Soccer Violence

The English soccer season got off to a violent start in Cardiff, Wales, as fans of division two clubs, Cardiff City and Millwall, fought yesterday after apparently arranging the clashes via the Internet.

Fourteen people were hurt and six arrested during a day of violence as Cardiff followers fought some of the 700 Millwall supporters who went to the game.

According to police, shoppers cowered in terror as rival gangs of hooligans battled in the center of the city.

An Internet bulletin board contained a number of references to the Cardiff City-Millwall match, including details of where the violence would start and even a running commentary on the fighting. One message said the fighting had begun and added, "Don't miss the tear-up of the year."

Another suggested a rendezvous for any hooligans looking for a fight: "11 o'clock Cardiff Central, where we go from there its up to u."

Earlier this week, the National Criminal Intelligence Service published its annual report, which highlighted the dangers posed by organized gangs of thugs using the Internet.

The report, which showed the first rise in the number of arrests for soccer hooliganism in six years, said violent fans were becoming more organized.


Swimming's High Fashion: Bodysuits

Swimming's world governing body, FINA, said Tuesday it would rule on whether to allow full-length bodysuits in its championships.

The suit, which covers everything except the head, hands and feet, made its international championship debut at the European championships in Istanbul last week when Britain's Paul Palmer won the 400-meter freestyle in one made by adidas.

World champion Michael Klim competed in one made by Speedo in Australia last weekend. Australian Coach Don Talbot had said in Melbourne that FINA had said in a statement on Tuesday: "FINA will consider whether or not the use of the `long johns' swimsuits will be permitted at FINA events." It did not say when it would make the decision.

Manufacturers say the suits have been cleared by FINA, but Talbot said he wanted FINA to rule on whether the fabric used in the suits acted as a flotation device. When the adidas Equipment Bodysuit, available only to elite swimmers on the British team, was introduced a year ago, adidas said it had carried out tests proving the suit did not act as a buoyancy aid.

Middle East

Handball Boycott

Saudi Arabia will boycott a handball tournament in Qatar later this month because of the presence of an Israeli team.

Saudi Arabia has officially informed Qatar's Foreign Ministry that it will not attend the World Youth Handball Tournament, the newspaper Al-Sharq reported yesterday.

Saudi Arabia does not recognize the state of Israel. Other Arab teams that are to take part, in addition to Qatar, are Egypt, Tunisia, Bahrain and Kuwait. Israel's participation in the games, starting Aug. 22, has been condemned by the Qataris press, which urged a public boycott.


Soccer Diplomacy

Amateur soccer teams from North Korea and South Korea will play against each other this week for the first time since the country was split.

The teams will be made up of union workers from both countries.

The South Korean Confederation of Trade Unions said Tuesday it had received an invitation for a 30-player team to play a squad of North Korea's General Federation of Trade Unions.


Soccer Qualifying

The second round of qualifying in the UEFA Champions League concluded Wednesday, with the winners advancing to the final round, in which several of Europe's bigger clubs await. The winners of the two-leg final qualifying round series will advance to the 32-team Champions League group stage. Matches will be played Tuesday or Wednesday and Aug. 24 or 25. In the results below, the home team is listed first:

* Zimbru Chisinau (Moldova) 2, Dinamo Tblisi (Georgia) 0. Zimbru wins, 3-2, on aggregate and will play PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)

* Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia) 1, Anorthosis Famagusta (Cyprus) 1. Anorthosis wins, 3-2, on aggregate and will play Hertha Berlin (Germany)

* FK Zalgiris (Lithuania) 0, Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine) 1. Dynamo Kyiv wins, 3-0, on aggregate and will play Aalborg (Denmark)

* Valletta (Malta) 0, Rapid Vienna (Austria) 2. Rapid Vienna wins, 5-0, on aggregate and will play Galatasaray (Turkey)

* AIK Solna (Sweden) 2, Dnepr Transmash Mogilev (Belarus) 0. Solna wins, 3-0, on aggregate and will play AEK Athens (Greece)

* FC Skonto (Latvia) 2, Rapid Bucharest (Romania) 1. Skonto wins, 5-4, on aggregate and will play Chelsea (England)

* Glasgow Rangers (Scotland) 2, FC Haka (Finland) 0. Rangers win, 6-1, on aggregate and will play Parma (Italy)

* MTK Budapest (Hungary) 3, IBV Vestmannaeyjar (Iceland) 1. MTK wins, 5-1, on aggregate and will play Croatia Zagreb (Croatia)

* Hapoel Haifa (Israel) 0, Besiktas (Turkey) 0. Hapoel wins, 1-0, on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate draw and will play Valencia (Spain)

* KRC Genk (Belgium) 3, NK Maribor (Slovenia) 1. Maribor wins, 5-4, on aggregate and will play Olympique Lyonnais (France)

* Widzew Lodz (Poland) 4, FC Liteks (Bulgaria) 1. Widzew Lodz wins on penalties after 5-5 aggregate draw and will play Fiorentina (Italy)

* Brondby (Denmark) 1, Sloga Jugomagnat (Macedonia) 0. Brondby wins, 2-0, on aggregate and will play Boavista (Portugal)

* NK Rijeka (Croatia) 0, FK Partizan (Yugoslavia) 3. Partizan wins, 6-1, on aggregate and will play Spartak Moscow (Russia)

* Molde FK (Norway) 4, CSKA Moscow (Russia) 0. Molde wins, 4-2, on aggregate and will play Real Mallorca (Spain)

Four teams were seeded directly into the final qualifying round.

Sturm Graz (Austria) will play Servette (Switzerland).

FK Teplice (Czech Republic) will play Borussia Dortmund (Germany).