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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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Sports in brief 11/19/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 19, 2012 9:57pm]
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  1. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated


    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  2. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person



    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.
  3. Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he?

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — As the Rays reunited Thursday with Tim Beckham for the first time since he was dealt July 31 to Baltimore, it became very clear that not everything in assessing the trade is as it appears.

    Tim Beckham, here in action Monday against the Red Sox, has hit .310, with 10 homers and 26 RBIs since going to the Orioles.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Thursday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    The Rays still talk about having a shot to make the playoffs. But recognizing and correcting mistakes will help them next year, such as Mallex Smith trying to steal third in the first. "Those are the little things we've got to find how to eliminate real quick," manager Kevin Cash said.

  5. Bucs probe how to fix deep-ball chances missed vs. Bears


    TAMPA — It was only minutes after the Bucs had demolished the Bears 29-7 Sunday when quarterback Jameis Winston tried one final time to connect with receiver DeSean Jackson.

    QB Jameis Winston says he’s focused on the deep-ball chances to DeSean Jackson he missed in the opener: “We left a lot out there.”