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Red Bulls make use of designated player rule

SOCCER

The New York Red Bulls traded former MVP Amado Guevara to Chivas USA on Monday for a third-round draft pick and a "designated player" slot, which can be used to land an expensive player such as Brazilian superstar Ronaldo or former England captain David Beckham.

The designated player rule, adopted by the league this month, gives MLS teams the ability to acquire players outside the $2-million-per-team salary cap and is meant to draw high-profile stars to the league.

Red Bulls coach Bruce Arena said the move is a bit of a gamble that gives New York the chance to improve in the long run.

"It puts pressure on our organization to find a player that is better than Amado with that slot," said Arena, who coached the American team at the World Cup this summer.

WIZARDS HIRE COACH: Curt Onalfo was hired as Kansas City's coach after spending the past four years as an assistant on the U.S. national team.

ET CETERA

TENNIS: Venus Williams testified during a breach-of-contract case that her father was never her manager and had no authority to enter her into an agreement for a 2001 "Battle of the Sexes" event.

"My dad was my coach. My dad was my dad. My dad supported me all my life, but he was not my manager," Venus Williams told jurors in West Palm Beach.

Serena Williams was expected to testify today.

Times wires

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