Four people were killed and eight others injured during a stampede at the end of an African World Cup qualifier between Togo and Mali in Lome, Togo.
The lights at the game went dark on Sunday night because of a power outage, prompting panic in one section of Kegue Stadium and causing fans to run for the exits.
Three of the injured fans were in intensive care yesterday, Togolese Minister for Health Madame Suzanne Aho Assouma said. The other five have been discharged from the hospital. One of the dead was said to be from Mali and living in Togo.
Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema ordered an investigation. Eyadema also said his government would financially assist the families of the deceased and those who were injured. It was not clear how much money would be given.
Kegue Stadium is an ultramodern complex recently built by the Chinese as part of a cultural assistance program, and until recently, power cuts have been a rare occurrence in Togo.
In Zurich, soccer's governing body said it was investigating security breaches at the game, which was won by Togo, 1-0.
"The global football family is in mourning today for this tragic loss of life," FIFA President Sepp Blatter said. "The game of football is about joy, but today I feel a great sadness."
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: North Carolina suspended wide receiver Adarius Bowman, linebacker Fred Sparkman and defensive tackle Isaiah Thomas indefinitely after they were cited for possession of marijuana by campus police, the school said.
The three sophomores were cited late Sunday. Coach John Bunting said they won't play until he and Athletic Director Dick Baddour determine otherwise.
Their loss is a big blow for the Tar Heels (3-3, 2-2 ACC), who travel to No. 11 Utah this weekend and are coming off a 30-24 victory over North Carolina State.
Sparkman has started every game for the Tar Heels and has a team-high 61 tackles. Bowman is second on the team with 18 catches, and has a team-best 329 yards and three scores. Thomas has played in every game and has nine tackles.
* OLYMPICS: Ireland's Olympic gold medal-winning show jumper rebuffed fresh accusations of cheating after revealing a second horse in his stable failed a doping test. Cian O'Connor, who rode Waterford Crystal to victory in the individual show jumping event at the Athens Olympics, could lose his gold if a second test on the horse's blood sample shows traces of a banned drug.
On Friday, the International Equestrian Federation said four horses from the Olympics tested positive for forbidden substances. O'Connor admitted his Waterford Crystal was one. Goldfever, ridden by Ludger Beerbaum of Germany's gold medal-winning quartet in team jumping, also was identified.
O'Connor later said one of his other top-performing horses, ABC Landliebe, tested positive for a banned substance in Rome in May. He said he would appeal both findings, if necessary. He and his veterinarian, James Sheeran, spent 15 minutes answering questions on Ireland's state radio station. They insisted that both horses had received sedatives -- ABC Landliebe for back pain, Waterford Crystal for an injured leg -- a month before their competitions.
* FIELD HOCKEY: Olympic field hockey champion Australia pulled out of a December tournament in Pakistan because of security fears.
The decision came after a suicide bombing at a mosque killed four people in Lahore, where the Champions Trophy will be held Dec. 4-12. The attack was the third this month against a religious target in eastern Punjab province in violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.
-- From News Services