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■ Soccer

Best banned from driving

Former Northern Ireland and Manchester United star George Best was banned from driving for 20 months and fined ?1,500 (US$2,700) yesterday after pleading guilty to drunk driving. Best, 57, who has a long history of alcohol abuse, was arrested early last Friday in southwest London. Breathalyzer tests showed he was nearly two-and-a-half times over the legal alcohol limit. Wimbledon Magistrate Sally Marley described Best's conduct as "irresponsible and unacceptable." Best agreed to enroll in a safe-driving course, which could get his 20-month ban reduced. Best's lawyers said the former player was upset after having a big argument with his son, Callum, at a restaurant. He was trying to drive himself to a rehabilitation center when he was stopped by police for erratic driving.

■ Soccer

Match descends into chaos

Players traded punches on the pitch after the final whistle in a Portuguese first division game between Guimaraes and Boavista, and irate fans threw coins and chairs at match officials before clashing with police outside the stadium. Police said "a small number" of fans received hospital treatment after the 1-1 game late Sunday but did not provide further details. Boavista's team bus was hit by rocks on a highway when it left the Guimaraes stadium under police escort two hours after the match. Players and fans contested the referee's performance. At the end players brawled and local fans ripped up plastic seats, which they hurled at the referee and linesmen as they entered the tunnel.

■ Soccer

Scottish great dies

Former Scotland manager Ally McLeod, who led his country to the 1978 World Cup finals in Argentina, has died at the age of 72, the Scottish Football Association (SFA) Web site said on Sunday.

McLeod had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. "Obviously, everybody in Scottish football is saddened to hear of his death," an SFA spokesman said. "Although he is perhaps best known as the Scotland manager in 1977 and 1978, Ally was a guy who devoted his entire life to football as a player with several clubs and then as manager." McLeod succeeded Willie Ormond as Scotland manager in 1977 and had high hopes of success in the following year's World Cup. The team endured a dismal campaign, however, exiting the tournament after the first round despite possessing talented players such as Kenny Dalglish and Graeme Souness.

Tire trouble ends NASCAR stars' endurance bid

■ Motor Racing

NASCAR aces miss out

A broken suspension piece cost NASCAR stars Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr. and road racing ace Andy Wallace a victory in the Rolex 24 sports cars endurance race, an event they appeared to have won until the final hour. Instead of the two Nextel Cup drivers and four-time 24-hours champion Wallace celebrating in the familiar Victory Lane at Daytona International Speedway, it was Andy Pilgrim, Terry Borcheller, Christian Fittipaldi and Forest Barber spraying the champagne Sunday afternoon. Stewart was at the wheel of the Chevrolet-powered Crawford when the left rear tire pulled off the rim and sent the 2002 Winston Cup champion spinning to a stop on the backstretch, just missing the concrete wall. Pilgrim drove into the lead with 15 minutes remaining

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