Bosnia and Balkan neighbor Serbia and Montenegro played to a scoreless tie amid tight security in a World Cup qualifying match yesterday in Sarajevo, Bosnia, between two nations that fought a bloody civil war that ended a decade ago with 250,000 dead.
On a day when 38 qualifiers were played across the globe leading to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the biggest on-field developments were Italy's 1-0 loss at Slovenia and a broken rib suffered by England's David Beckham in a 2-0 victory over Wales.
Beckham picked up a yellow card -- his second of the qualifying tournament, ruling him out of England's next game against Azerbaijan on Wednesday.
But he wouldn't have played anyway. Beckham was injured minutes after his spectacular, 76th-minute goal when he was tackled by Welsh defender Ben Thatcher. The English team initially said there was no break but a second X-ray revealed a hairline fracture. It was not immediately known how long he will be out.
In Bosnia, authorities deployed 1,300 officers, some of them riot police, to keep fans from the two nations separated. The last game between the teams in Sarajevo, in 2000, ended with clashes that left 25 policemen and fans injured.
Postwar Bosnia is divided into Serb and Muslim Croat parts, linked only by joint state institutions. Most Bosnian Serbs don't consider Bosnia their homeland, and many of them rooted for Serbia yesterday.
In South America, Argentina beat Uruguay, 4-2, and Brazil topped Venezuela, 5-2. In Europe, the Czech Republic beat Romania, 1-0, in Prague, stopping the Romanians' runaway start to qualifying. There also were victories for Poland, Sweden, Russia, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Belarus, Slovenia and Slovakia. European champion Greece tied at Ukraine, the Netherlands tied at Macedonia and Ireland played host France to a draw.
* INVESTIGATION: Former Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Justin Strzelczyk probably suffered a mental breakdown before he led New York state troopers on a highway chase that ended in the fiery head-on crash that killed him, according to a newspaper report.
Strzelczyk, 36, was fleeing from a hit-and-run accident just west of Syracuse, N.Y., on Sept. 30. His truck went on the New York State Thruway for miles in the wrong direction before colliding with a tanker truck.
The theory on Strzelczyk's psychological well-being comes from New York State Police interviews with people whom the ex-lineman encountered before the chase, investigator James Hunt told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for a story published yesterday.
Troopers believe alcohol may have played a role in Strzelczyk's death but won't know until toxicology tests are completed by the state police crime lab in Albany, which could take weeks.
* TENNIS: Amelie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport won their semifinals in straight sets, setting up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 final at the Porsche Grand Prix in Filderstadt, Germany.
Mauresmo defeated fourth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, the U.S. Open champion, 7-5, 6-4. Davenport eliminated French Open winner Anastasia Myskina, 6-2, 6-4.
Mauresmo kept her No. 1 ranking for at least another week. Had she lost and Davenport went on to win the title, the American would have reclaimed the No. 1 ranking she last held in January 2002.
-- From News Services