Donovan to get a new deal
The Los Angeles Galaxy has scheduled a news conference Wednesday to announce it has reached agreement with forward Landon Donovan on a multiyear contract that probably will keep him in Major League Soccer for the rest of his career, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Donovan, 31, reportedly had offers from teams in Europe and Latin America.
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Terms of Donovan’s new contract were not disclosed. The Los Angeles Times reported his existing four-year, $10 million deal with the Galaxy is to expire in the fall.
Donovan has four goals over his last three matches for the Galaxy, which won the MLS title in each of the past two years.
Donovan, a 13-time All-Star, has scored 131 regular-season MLS goals — third on the all-time list behind Jeff Cunningham (134) and Jaime Moreno (133).
Cunningham’s most recent MLS goal was for Columbus in 2011 and Moreno’s most recent score was for D.C. United in 2010.
Arsenal extends streak
Arsenal of England will play in the UEFA Champions League tournament for a 16th consecutive season. Arsenal overpowered Fenerbahce of Turkey 5-0 in a home-and-home, total-goals series to advance to the group stage.
Host Arsenal won Tuesday’s match 2-0 as Aaron Ramsey scored twice.
Pippen won’t be charged
Ex-Chicago Bulls standout Scottie Pippen won’t face criminal charges after a fight with an autograph seeker outside a Malibu, Calif., restaurant June 24, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence against Pippen, who was dining with his family when he was approached by Camran Shafighi inside Nobu restaurant. Prosecutors said Shafighi had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for driving and contend he exaggerated injuries that were deemed minor.
Pippen reportedly allowed Shafighi to take his photo inside Nobu but didn’t pose. Authorities said Shafighi followed Pippen into the parking lot and asked again for a photo plus an autograph from Pippen, who declined.
Pippen told investigators Shafighi was irate, “grabbing at him, cursing him and then spit in his face,” according to a report by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Pippen admitted he spit at Shafighi and pushed him away, but it is unclear whether Pippen was the aggressor or acting in self-defense, based on witness accounts.
“This shakedown artist was drunk, screaming racial slurs, and assaulted my client and his family,” said Pippen’s attorney, Mark Geragos.
Shafighi, 49, reportedly was unconscious after Pippen allegedly punched him in the mouth and kicked him several times. He has filed a $4 million lawsuit against Hall of Famer Pippen, 47.
Pippen works as a special adviser to Michael Reinsdorf, the Bulls’ president and chief operating officer.
Haas welcomes Busch
Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR champion, was introduced as the newest driver at Stewart-Haas Racing at a news conference.
As was widely reported Monday, Busch will leave the Furniture Row Racing team to drive for SHR starting with the 2014 season.
SHR will have four cars in the top-level Sprint Cup Series next year, with Busch joining Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick.
Gene Haas pursued Busch while co-owner Stewart, a three-time NASCAR champion, was recovering from a season-ending leg injury.
“I don’t think Tony was exactly enthralled with what I did,” Haas said at the news conference. “But I think he saw it my way, you know? Either that or get out of the building.”
Haas, whose machine-tool manufacturing company is Haas Automation, will sponsor Busch himself. Haas said getting his name on a car was his primary motivation in adding Busch.
“It was an opportunity for Haas Automation to be a primary sponsor,” Haas said. “This is going to be my shot at being a primary sponsor, going to the Daytona 500, the Brickyard as the primary sponsor.
“Haas Automation has never been in the winner’s circle, and I’m sure that’s going to change next year. So that’s my primary reason for basically pushing this expansion. It has been met with a little bit of resistance.”
• Spaniard Daniel Moreno of the Katusha cycling team won the fourth stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Italian Vincenzo Nibali of the Astana team overtook 41-year-old American Christopher Horner for the overall lead.
Moreno covered 117 miles from Lalin to Fisterra in 4 hours, 37 minutes, 47 seconds.
Giro d’Italia winner Nibali has a three-second lead over RadioShack-Leopard rider Horner. Horner entered the stage with a three-second lead over Nibali.
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