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Andy Roddick beat Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5 to get to the quarters of the Paris Masters and clinch a spot in November's eight-man Masters Cup. He will face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tampa resident James Blake beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4 and will face Roger Federer. Rafael Nadal-Nikolay Davydenko and Andy Murray-David Nalbandia are the other matches.


Caffeine could costowner big bucks

Race officials say Stolis Winner, the winner of last month's All American Futurity in New Mexico, tested positive for caffeine. If the state commission upholds the finding, its owner must return the $1-million purse.

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Autos: Formula One title favorite Lewis Hamilton is the target of a racist Web site aimed at promoting his failure in Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix. The site, "Burst Hamilton's Tires," asks visitors to gather images of pins, nails and porcupines in an effort to prevent F1's first black driver from finishing the race. Visitors are invited to "leave a message to Hamilton," and many are racist and obscene.

Sailing: Eleven America's Cup challengers gathered in Geneva and asked BMW Oracle to drop its lawsuit against champ Alinghi in hopes of competing in 2010. The U.S. team says Alinghi acted unfairly in the way it drew up rules for the next races. A spokesman said it was prepared to consider the proposal "if Alinghi commits to fair rules."


Beckham heads to italy

MILAN, Italy - David Beckham will join Italy's AC Milan in January on a three-month loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy. He will return to MLS in time for preseason workouts in March.

"David is committed to the L.A. Galaxy and the MLS," Milan sporting director Umberto Gandini said of Beckham, who was unavailable for comment.

The 33-year-old midfielder is eager to play in Europe during the MLS offseason to remain fit and available for selection for England. The nation plays an exhibition at Germany on Nov. 19 before World Cup 2010 qualifying resumes in March.

"What motivates any top-level footballer is the fact that playing for your national team is the greatest honor," Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena said. "And having the potential to play in another World Cup is what every player dreams about."

Beckham's first game for Milan could come in Italy's capital against AS Roma on Jan. 11. He will become the first English player to play for the club since 1987, when Ray Wilkins and Mark Hateley left it.