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Northern Ireland football team Manager MICHAEL O'NEILL pleaded guilty to "drink driving." Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that he was caught by police "on the outskirts of the city" at around 1am on Sept. 10 and was "around three times the legal drink-drive limit." Sheriff THOMAS WELSH QC banned O'Neill from driving for 16 months and fined him £1,300 ($1,700) (PA, 10/19). ... Former footballer PARK JI-SUNG will be the first South Korean to carry the flame for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics after the torch lighting ceremony in Olympia next week, the Greek Olympic committee said on Thursday. Park will be the second torchbearer in Olympia, site of the ancient Greek Olympics, after Greek Nordic skier APOSTOLOS AGGELIS at the start of the Greek relay (REUTERS, 10/19). ... London Telegraph columnists MICHAEL VAUGHAN and GEOFFREY BOYCOTT will form "part of BT Sport's live Ashes coverage this winter." RICKY PONTING will also be in the commentary box, meaning "the two captains of one of the greatest Ashes series of all time" in '05 will be reunited (London TELEGRAPH, 10/19).
'OVERPOWERED': South African singer and ex-MP JENNIFER FERGUSON accused South African FA President DANNY JORDAAN, 66, of "raping her nearly 24 years ago." He "overpowered" her and "painfully" raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth, she alleged in a blog. Jordaan, who organized the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment (BBC, 10/19).