David Beckham wraps up his six seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday in the MLS Cup against the Houston Dynamo.

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Beckham seeks title

repeat in MLS finale

David Beckham wraps up his six seasons with the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday in the MLS Cup.

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Los Angeles goes after its second consecutive Major League Soccer title in a rematch with the Houston Dynamo, which lost 1-0 to the Galaxy in last season’s showdown at Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The field was soaked with rain last year and is likely to be soggy Saturday.

“I know I’m quite an emotional person,” said the 37-year-old Beckham, a former England captain. “I’m just really excited about the game, to be in a third MLS Cup final, especially the second one that’s being played in our own stadium. It’s going to be special. … I’m happy the team are in the position we are, and the reason we’ve done well this season is because we’re a complete team. We’ve got character.”

Penn St., Carolina win

Christine Nairn scored in the second minute of overtime as Penn State beat Florida State 2-1 in an NCAA Division I women’s College Cup semifinal in San Diego.

The Nittany Lions will play North Carolina, a 1-0 winner over Stanford in two overtimes, for the national title Sunday. Kealia Ohai of North Carolina scored at 104:08.

In a men’s quarterfinal match, Eriq Zavaleta scored in the 60th minute to give visiting Indiana a 1-0 victory at North Carolina.


McDowell leads by 3

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland shot a 6-under-par 66 to build a three-stroke lead after two rounds of the World Challenge, an 18-player event hosted by Tiger Woods at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

McDowell was at 9-under 135.

Bo Van Pelt (68), Jim Furyk (69) and Keegan Bradley (69) were tied for second place. Woods (69) was four shots off the lead in the tournament that isn’t part of a tour but offers world-ranking points.

Lawrie shows the way

Paul Lawrie of Scotland shot a 3-under 69 in the 12-man Nedbank Golf Challenge to take a one-stroke lead over Martin Kaymer (69) of Germany in Sun City, South Africa.

Lawrie was at 4-under 140 after 36 holes.


Vonn takes downhill

Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., won the season-opening World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, her 12th career Cup victory at the Canadian resort.

Vonn prevailed in 1 minute, 52.61 seconds, beating runner-up Stacey Cook of Mammoth Mountain, Calif., by 1.73 seconds. It was the first top-three finish in a World Cup event for Cook, 28.

U.S. women finished one-two in a World Cup downhill for the first time since Vonn won and Julia Mancuso was second in December 2006 in France.

Vonn competed for the second time since returning from a stomach bug that put her in the hospital. Last week in Aspen, Colo., she was 21st in the giant slalom.

“It seemed like everything was going wrong,” said Vonn, a four-time World Cup overall champion. “It’s hard sometimes to believe that you’re going to turn things around. I just keep fighting and every day, I keep trying my best.”

Vonn skipped a training run Thursday because of stomach pain.

Innerhofer prevails

Christof Innerhofer of Italy won a World Cup downhill in Beaver Creek, Colo., in 1:41.69. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was second in 1:41.92.


James Finley, Virginia Commonwealth women’s volleyball coach, is fighting to get his job back. He contends he was fired because he is gay.

Finley, 52, has filed a complaint with VCU’s Office for Institutional Equity. University spokeswoman Pamela D. Lepley said an investigation is being conducted and must be completed within 45 days.

The findings will be provided to Finley and VCU President Michael Rao. The coach said he would consider taking legal action if not reinstated.

• Olympic backstroke champion Matt Grevers and Kevin Cordes set American records at swimming’s Winter Nationals in Austin, Texas.

Grevers took the 100-yard back in 44.55 seconds and Cordes won the 100 breast in 51.10.

Missy Franklin, who won four Olympic gold medals this year, won the 100 back (51.87) and 200 freestyle (50.43).

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