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David Beckham made his first start for host Paris Saint-Germain, which advanced to the French Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win Wednesday...
Beckham makes 1st start for Paris team
David Beckham made his first start for host Paris Saint-Germain, which advanced to the French Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win Wednesday night over rival Marseille.
The 37-year-old midfielder made his PSG debut Sunday as a 76th-minute substitute in a 2-0 league win against Marseille. He played until the 86th minute in the cup match, leaving three minutes after receiving a yellow card for a confrontation and argument with Jordan Ayew.
"I enjoyed it," Beckham said. "I felt good. I have been working hard for the last few weeks. It helps to have players around me who work the way they do and play the way they do."
Astros prospect has 2 HRs, 5 RBI
Houston Astros outfield prospect George Springer hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning and a two-run drive in the fifth, helping the Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 in Dunedin, Fla. Springer was taken by Houston with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft.
Hunter's son not indicted
A grand jury declined to indict the teenage son of Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter in a sexual-assault case. Darius McClinton-Hunter, 18, was arrested in May with four others in Prosper, north of Dallas, and accused of sexual assault. A Collin County grand jury indicated there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute him.
Saban dismisses 4 players
Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama were dismissed from school after their arrests for two robberies on campus. Linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway were earlier booted off the team by coach Nick Saban.
Fish hopes to play full schedule
American Mardy Fish hopes to put together a complete tournament schedule for the rest of 2013, including the three remaining Grand Slam events, after he ends a six-month absence brought on by a heart condition.
Federer, Djokovic move on
Defending champion Roger Federer and top-seeded Novak Djokovic are on course to face each other in the Dubai Championships final after each moved into the quarterfinals with straight-set victories in United Arab Emirates.
Djokovic of Serbia beat Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Federer of Switzerland beat Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
Canucks' Kesler out 6 weeks
The Vancouver Canucks said center Ryan Kesler will be out for up to six weeks because of a broken right foot. The fracture was revealed on a CT scan. It is unclear when the injury occurred, but coach Alain Vigneault said Kesler might have been playing with it before it was diagnosed.
Report: NCAA found $170K in Shapiro benefits to Miami
The NCAA is alleging that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro was responsible for providing about $170,000 in impermissible benefits to Hurricanes athletes, recruits, coaches and others between 2002 and 2010. Shapiro allegedly spent more than half that amount — at least $90,000 — in an effort to get NFL players Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle to sign with a sports agency he was involved with, The Associated Press reported.
Track and field
Pistorius substance named
Oscar Pistorius' representatives have named the substance found in his bedroom after the shooting death of his girlfriend as Testis compositum and said it is an herbal remedy used "in aid of muscle recovery." A product called Testis compositum is also marketed as a sexual enhancer.
• Nationwide Series driver Jeremy Clements was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for using a racial slur in an interview with a writer at Daytona International Speedway, a source told ESPN.com.
• Lowe's extended its contract as primary sponsor of Jimmie Johnson through the 2015 NASCAR season.
• Worn down by constant criticism by fans, Rafael Benitez announced he will leave as Chelsea's manager at the end of the English Premier League season.
• Rafael Nadal of Spain reached the Mexican Open quarterfinals in Acapulco with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Argentina's Martin Alund.
• American Venus Williams beat Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 to reach the quarterfinals of the Brazil Tennis Cup in Florianopolis.
• Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denver lost to Wang Qiang of China 2-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-1 in the first round of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
• The Edmonton Oilers placed Nikolai Khabibulin on injured reserve after the goaltender injured his groin.
• The Dallas Stars activated Kari Lehtonen from the injured list and the goalie said he expects to play Thursday.
• The Columbus Blue Jackets placed defenseman James Wisniewski on injured reserve and he is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken right foot.
• The New York Liberty traded center Kia Vaughn to the Washington Mystics for the seventh pick in this year's WNBA draft. Washington also received New York's second-round pick, No. 17 overall.
• Prosecutors in Atlanta said former WNBA player and Olympic gold medalist Chamique Holdsclaw, 35, is being indicted on six counts in a November 2012 shooting involving her former girlfriend.
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