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LOS ANGELES — David Beckham will play his last game for the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS Cup next week.

Beckham and the Galaxy announced the English midfielder's decision Monday, a day after the defending champions reached their second straight league final. Los Angeles faces Houston for the MLS title on Dec. 1.

Beckham, 37, said he isn't retiring, but the superstar gave no hint of his next move.

"I've had an incredibly special time playing for the L.A. Galaxy," Beckham said in a statement. "However, I wanted to experience one last challenge before the end of my playing career."

Beckham has played six seasons in Los Angeles since his groundbreaking move from Spanish giant Real Madrid, reaching three league finals and winning the title last year.


Savarese coaches new bunch of Rowdie rivals

Former MLS star Gio Savarese was named coach of the reconstituted New York Cosmos, who start next year and renew their rivalry with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the second-division North American Soccer League. Savarese played for the MetroStars in MLS from 1996-98. The Cosmos will play in Hempstead, Long Island, their home from 1972-73 in the old NASL.

HONOR: Clint Dempsey was voted the U.S. Soccer Federation's top male athlete for the second straight year.


Laird joins Braves for two years, $3 million

Catcher Gerald Laird will get $3 million for his two-year deal with the Braves, and could earn up to $750,000 in bonuses if he plays more than expected. Laird was signed to back up Brian McCann after David Ross left for a $6.2 million, two-year deal with Boston. Laird played for AL champion Detroit this season.

CUBS: Right-hander Shawn Camp agreed to stay for one year, $1.35 million.

INDIANS: Outfielders Matt Carson and Cedric Hunter signed minor-league deals.

PADRES: The team exercised the 2014-15 option years in manager Bud Black's contract.


GOLF: Butler National Golf Club recently voted against admitting any female members, the Chicago Tribune reported.

TENNIS: Former top-ranked doubles player Gisela Dulko, 27, of Argentina retired. She won four singles titles and 17 in doubles.

CYCLING: Sprinter Mark Cavendish said on Twitter he has a bruised arm but is "relatively ok" after hitting the back of a car during a training run in Italy.

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