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Sports Briefs


■ Best's shirt up for sale

The Manchester United shirt worn by George Best when he scored six goals against Northampton Town in 1970 will go on auction next month and is expected to fetch £20,000 to £30,000 (US$38,000 to US$57,000). The red and white shirt is part of a soccer memorabilia sale at auction house Christie's on Sept. 13. Best's performance during the match is widely considered as one of his finest. Roy Fairfax, the Northampton player who was marking the Northern Irish player, said afterwards: "The closest I got to him was when we shook hands after the game." Also on sale is the Brazil shirt worn by Rivelino at the 1970 World Cup final in which his team beat Italy 4-1. According to Christie's, Rivelino fainted at the final whistle and had to be carried from the field.

■ Boxing

Mayweather to face Baldomir

Floyd Mayweather Jr, generally considered the world's best kilo-for-kilo boxer, will fight Carlos Baldomir for the WBC welterweight title on Nov. 4 in Las Vegas. Mayweather (36-0, 24 KOs) chose his next opponent last weekend after months of campaigning for a matchup with Oscar De La Hoya, who still hasn't decided whether he will retire. Mayweather won the IBF welterweight belt in his last fight with a unanimous decision over Zab Judah in April, but relinquished that title. Baldomir (43-9 with six draws and 13 KOs) hasn't lost a fight in nearly 10 years, most recently stopping Arturo Gatti in the ninth round on July 22. The 35-year-old Argentine was hungry to fight Mayweather for the biggest purse of his career, calling out Mayweather moments after beating Gatti.


Robinson arrested again

The Minnesota Vikings' wide receiver Koren Robinson, who was an all-pro NFL kick returner last year, was arrested on drunk driving and other charges and was in a Minnesota jail on Wednesday, police said. Robinson, 26, who has acknowledged a drinking problem and was suspended for four games in 2004 for violating the league's substance abuse policy, was apprehended late on Tuesday in southern Minnesota. His blue BMW was traveling in excess of 160km per hour, and several police departments were enlisted to pull him over, according to police in St. Peter, Minnesota. He was arrested without further incident on charges of driving while impaired, reckless driving and fleeing police. Robinson was cut by the Seattle Seahawks last year partially because of a previous drunk driving arrest but was picked up by the Vikings. He was the National Football Conference's top kick returner last year.

■ Soccer

Parreira accepts Bafana offer

Brazil's 1994 World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira has accepted the post of South Africa coach with the task of taking them through the 2010 World Cup final, which they are hosting, it was reported on Wednesday. The 63-year-old agreed the deal with the South African Football Federation on Tuesday, according to his lawyer. According to the press Parreira, who quit his post as Brazil coach following the disappointing World Cup quarter-final exit to France, had all his wishes granted by the federation, who had their first offer turned down by him. While no definitive financial details have been released, it is believed that he will earn 100 million rand (US$14.5 million) over four years.

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