Zinedine Zidane, Fabio Cannavaro and Ronaldinho are the finalists for FIFA's world player of the year award, announced Wednesday.
U.S. captain Kristine Lilly will vie with last year's runnerup, 20-year-old Marta of Brazil, and Renate Lingor of Germany for the women's award. Zidane, who has won the FIFA prize three times, received a red card in France's World Cup final against Italy when he head-butted defender Marco Materazzi in the chest. Zidane has since retired from soccer.
BECKHAM TRAINING AGAIN: David Beckham returned to full training with Real Madrid after a two-week absence because of a left knee injury and is expected to be ready for Sunday's Spanish league game against Athletic Bilbao.
MLS MIDFIELDER RETIRES: New York Red Bulls midfielder Mark Lisi retired because of a hernia, ending a six-year career. Lisi, 29 was third all-time in Red Bulls history with 30 assists.
MCBRIDE SCORES FOURTH: American Brian McBride scored his fourth goal of the season, leading Fulham over Arsenal 2-1 in London.
CASHING IN ON CUP: German soccer made about $74.3-million in profit from this year's World Cup, the country's soccer association reported.
Former girls coach gets promise of equal facilities
An Alabama high school coach who was fired when he complained his girls team wasn't treated as well as the boys team - and won a pivotal U.S. Supreme Court ruling - has reached a settlement that includes a promise from the Birmingham Board of Education of equal facilities.
Roderick Jackson had complained in part that his players had to practice in a gym built in 1908 rather than a new one used by boys.
Russia's Malgina wins World Cup opener
Irina Malgina of Russia won the World Cup biathlon season opener in Ostersund, Sweden, edging Liv Kjersti Eikeland by 3.6 seconds in a 15-kilometer race.
RACES CANCELED: The men's World Cup downhill and super-combi races scheduled for Dec. 9-10 in Val D'Isere, France, were canceled because of warm temperatures and a lack of snow.
GOLF: Amateur In-Kyung Kim and LPGA Tour rookie Hye Jung Choi are co-leaders after 18 holes with 5-under-par 67s at the LPGA final qualifying tournament in Daytona Beach. Tampa's Beth Bauer struggled to 2-over 74.
OLYMpICS: Ticket prices at the 2008 Beijing Games will range from $3.82 to $638 when they go on sale. More than 7-million tickets will be available, with 58 percent costing $12.75 or less.
HORSES: Jockey Kieren Fallon was suspended for six months after testing positive for a banned substance.
RUGBY: The South Africa team appointed its first black captain, Chiliboy Ralepelle.
JURISPRUDENCE: James Giordano, a pro poker player accused of running a $3.3-billion illegal sports gambling operation was ordered held without bail in Queens Criminal Court in New York. His lawyer entered a not guilty plea.
BOXING: The Kronk Gym, the dingy basement in Detroit that helped produce champions Thomas Hearns, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya, has closed, ESPN.com reported.