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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

SOCCER

Manchester United tops Beckham's AC Milan

Manchester United won its first game against David Beckham, rallying to beat AC Milan, 3-2, Tuesday night in Milan in the first leg of the European Champions League's second round.

Ronaldinho put AC Milan ahead when he volleyed Beckham's free kick past goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar in the third minute, but Paul Scholes tied the score in the 36th and Wayne Rooney gave the English champions a 3-1 lead with headers that beat Dida in the 66th and 74th minutes.

Second-half sub Clarence Seedorf got Milan's second goal in the 85th. Michael Carrick was ejected in injury time, receiving a second yellow card, for time-wasting.

"We played really well in the first half, going a goal up, and we had three really good chances," Beckham said. "If we had put them away, obviously it would have been a different game."

In Tuesday's other game, Jean II Makoun scored in the 47th minute to give Lyon a 1-0 victory over Real Madrid. . . .

The United States will meet Turkey at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on May 29 in the Americans' last warmup match before leaving for the World Cup.

PRO FOOTBALL

The NFL Players Association filed a second challenge of the league's supplemental revenue-sharing program. This challenge by the players' union contends that the full amount of money that was supposed to be transferred from high-revenue franchises to lower-revenue teams in the 2006, 2007 and 2008 seasons was not transferred.

The challenge was filed with Stephen Burbank, the University of Pennsylvania law professor who serves as the NFL's special master, putting him in charge of resolving disputes between the franchise owners and players arising from their collective bargaining agreement.

Burbank ruled in favor of the union in a previous challenge of the teams' supplemental revenue-sharing program. In that case, Burbank sided with the union's stance that the owners do not have the right to end the supplemental revenue-sharing program next season without the salary cap in effect. . . .

The New Orleans Saints will host next season's opening game on Sept. 9 at the Superdome, the NFL announced on its Web site.


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