In a lucrative career that has seen him earn millions around the world, David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain, pledging to play for...
Beckham joins Paris team
In a lucrative career that has seen him earn millions around the world, David Beckham has joined Paris Saint-Germain, pledging to play for free and donate his salary to a children’s charity.
The former England captain rejected other offers and signed a five-month contract for the ambitious French club Thursday in a stunning move that came as the transfer window was starting to close.
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No details were given on how much the 37-year-old star will be paid or which charity will get the money.
Beckham’s glamorous career has seen him win titles with Manchester United, Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He played in L.A. the past six years.
Snowmobile rider dies
Innovative freestyle snowmobile rider Caleb Moore from Krumm, Texas, who was hurt in a crash at the Winter X Games in Colorado, died Thursday morning. He was 25.
Moore had been undergoing care at a hospital in Grand Junction since the Jan. 24 crash. Family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson confirmed his death, the first in the 18-year history of the X Games.
“He lived his life to the fullest. He was an inspiration,” Lawson said.
A former all-terrain vehicle racer, Moore switched over to snowmobiles as a teenager and quickly rose to the top of the sport. He won four Winter X Games medals, including a bronze last season when his younger brother, Colten, captured gold.
Sharks improve to 7-0
Michal Handzus and Dan Boyle scored in the shootout to help the host San Jose Sharks extend the best start in franchise history with their seventh straight win, 3-2 over the Edmonton Oilers.
Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski scored unassisted goals off turnovers 39 seconds apart in the second period against Devan Dubnyk to break open a scoreless game. Antti Niemi made 26 saves as the Sharks remained the only unbeaten team in the NHL.
Isner leads Davis Cup team
John Isner is set to return from a knee injury and will play the No. 1 singles spot for the U.S. team against Brazil in the first round of Davis Cup World Group matches in Jacksonville, Fla.
Isner, ranked 13th in the world, will meet Brazil’s Thiago Alves (No. 145) in the second singles match Friday. The opening match pits the United States’ Sam Querrey (No. 22) taking on Brazil’s top player, Thomaz Bellucci (No. 33). It’s the first meeting for the players in both matches.
Grace sentenced to jail
Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program.
The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.
Grace was arrested last August in Scottsdale — his second drunken-driving arrest in 15 months — and could have faced more than three years in prison.
Prado agrees to deal
Arizona agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in a trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta.
Prado had been headed to arbitration and could have become a free agent after this season.
Prado made the All-Star team as the Braves’ second baseman in 2010 but is slated to play at third base for the Diamondbacks.
K-State’s Snyder gets deal
Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, 73, signed a new five-year contract that includes an increase in base compensation to $14.75 million over the life of the contract. And it rolls over each year.
• Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen admitted he took performance-enhancing drugs for more than a decade. Rasmussen, 38, a climbing specialist who won stage victories in the Tour de France, said he took testosterone and growth hormones and had blood transfusions from 1998 to 2010.
• Oregon promoted former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost to offensive coordinator under new football coach Mark Helfrich.
• Ayumi Morita of Japan knocked top-seeded Ana Ivanovic out of the Pattaya Open in Thailand, beating the Serb 6-3, 5-7, 6-3.
• Hannah Kearney, Heather McPhie and Eliza Outtrim completed an American sweep at a freestyle World Cup moguls event in Park City, Utah.
• Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza will have back surgery to repair a herniated disk.
• Russian figure skater Evgeny Plushenko is having back surgery that will keep him out of the world championships in March.
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