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Sports in brief: Injured David Beckham to miss World Cup

Boxing

Still best: Pacquiao dominates Clottey

With the biggest fight crowd in the United States in 17 years cheering him on, Manny Pacquiao dominated Joshua Clottey late Saturday to retain his WBO welterweight title at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The fight wasn't close, and the crowd of 50,994 could easily tell Pacquiao dominated. One judge gave him every round, while the two others gave him all but one.

A champion in seven weight divisions, Pacquiao, 31, the pride of the Philippines, improved to 51-3-2. Clottey, 32, from Ghana, dropped to 35-4.

Pacquiao was supposed to have been fighting Floyd Mayweather, but the bout fell apart over blood testing.

Et cetera

Tennis: Top seed Roger Federer had to work a little harder than expected before beating Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. No. 4 seed Andy Murray beat Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4, and Tampa resident James Blake beat No. 13 seed David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4.

Cycling: Spain's Alberto Contador, 27, won the Paris-Nice race for the second time (2007) after the seventh and final stage.

Winter sports: American speed skater Shani Davis edged the Netherlands pair of Stefan Groothuis and Mark Tuitert to complete the season with a win in the 1,000 meters in Heerenveen, Netherlands.

Times wires

Soccer

Injured Beckham to miss World Cup

MILAN, Italy — David Beckham will miss the World Cup and most if not all of the Los Angeles Galaxy season after tearing his left Achilles' tendon Sunday while playing for AC Milan.

"As far as the World Cup is concerned, he's definitely out," Jean Pierre Meersseman, Milan's team doctor, told the Times of London.

His international career for England is all but over. It remains to be seen how much he'll have left for the Galaxy and Major League Soccer.

It is likely the midfielder, 34, will play again.

Meersseman told Italy's Sky TV that Beckham will fly to Finland, where he will have surgery today or Tuesday. He could be out five to eight months, team officials said.

Beckham was injured without getting hit during AC Milan's 1-0 Italian League win over Chievo Verona.

With a few minutes left and the score 0-0, Beckham was by himself with the ball at his feet, shifted his weight and reached a hand down to his left heel. Beckham then stood up and snapped his wrists as if he were breaking a twig in half to show the AC Milan bench he knew the tendon was broken.

EPL: Wayne Rooney scored two goals to lead host Manchester United to a 3-0 win over Fulham that moved the team atop the English Premier League.

Sports in brief: Injured David Beckham to miss World Cup 03/14/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 15, 2010 1:18am]
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