Beckham spurns big Money to remain with L.A. in MLS
LONDON — David Beckham pledged his future to America's Major League Soccer on Wednesday by signing a new two-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The 36-year-old midfielder had been courted by clubs across Europe in the months before his five-year deal ran out in December. But Beckham turned down around $12 million a year with the French club Paris Saint-Germain for the Galaxy, which previously paid him at least $6.5 million a year.
"I've seen firsthand how popular soccer is now in the States, and I'm as committed as ever to growing the game here," he said. "My family and I are incredibly happy and settled in America, and we look forward to spending many more years here."
More Soccer: The U.S. women's team is staying put despite a fatal shooting at the Vancouver hotel where the players are staying for the Olympic qualifying tournament. No one in the U. S. delegation witnessed the shooting on Tuesday. Police found the body of a man in one of the restaurants.
Tide hires offensive coordinator
Alabama hired Doug Nussmeier as offensive coordinator and brought Lance Thompson back to coach outside linebackers. … Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, leaving school early for the NFL draft, was arrested early Tuesday in Bradenton on a marijuana possession charge. … Illinois fullback Jay Prosch is transferring to Auburn.
Sailing: Light winds forced Key West regatta organizers to cancel two races. Rob Britts and Jesse Combs of St. Petersburg, who sail out of Davis Island Yacht Club, are 11th after five races in the Melges 24 class. The regatta ends Friday.