Two rare copies of a sports newspaper, including issues dealing with the 1919 Chicago White Sox gambling scandal, have been returned to the University of Illinois library.

The copies of Collyer's Eye -- which was credited with exposing the scandal -- were found on a table in the Urbana-Champaign campus library about 9 p.m. Tuesday, said Karen Schmidt, the associate university librarian for collections.

Librarians discovered the issues were missing earlier this fall, around the time the White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years, but the library did not publicly report the disappearance until this week.

"Getting the news out about the missing volumes was extremely important," Schmidt said in a statement. "We don't know what happened to the books -- who had them, where they had been -- but we are very, very happy about their return."

The person who placed the books on the table was not found and UI assistant police chief Krystal Fitzpatrick said the books would not be processed for fingerprints because of their delicate condition.

"The case is closed," she said.

* SOCCER: Manchester United was knocked out of the European Champions League in the first round, wasting a lead and losing, 2-1, at Benfica.

It was the first time since the 1995-96 season that Manchester United was eliminated in the group stage of Europe's top club tournament.

Villarreal defeated Lille, 1-0, to win Group D, and Benfica's upset gave it second place in the group. In Group C, Werder Bremen defeated Panathinaikos, 5-1, to finish second behind Barcelona, which had already advanced along with 13 other teams.

* BASKETBALL: Leading scorer Jason Williams has been suspended indefinitely by UTEP for punching teammate Stefon Jackson during practice Tuesday, breaking his jaw. Williams averages 15.4 points for the Miners (4-1). It was unclear when Jackson will return. . . .

Adrian McGowen, a 5-foot-10 guard at Goodrich (Tex.) High who has signed with Texas A&M, scored 41 points Tuesday night to set the national girls' scoring record. McGowen pushed her career total to 4,542, according to totals compiled by A&M officials.

The record had belonged to Missy Thomas, who scored 4,506 points at Gibsland-Coleman in Louisiana between 1992 and '95.

* OLYMPICS: Three-time Olympic weightlifting champion Halil Mutlu has been banned two years for steroid use. The Turkish lifter, who tested positive for nandrolone at the European Championships in Bulgaria in April, was banned until April 2007.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk won the Rotary Lombardi Award as the nation's top college lineman or linebacker, becoming the fifth Buckeyes player to receive the honor.

-- From News Services