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Wednesday, February 17, 2010; D02

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.

It has become a tradition in recent years for the defending Super Bowl champion to host the NFL's season-opening game on a Thursday night. The Saints' opponent for the game was not announced. . . .

Sebastian Janikowski and the Oakland Raiders agreed on a four-year, $16 million deal that is the richest contract for a place kicker in NFL history, the team said.

-- Mark Maske

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday to repair the patella ligament in his left knee. Sanchez, who led New York to the AFC title game as a rookie, should be completely healthy by the start of training camp in July.

COURTS

A tearful former football player told Iowa police that he repeatedly shot his high school coach because he believed him to be a devil who turned students "into dead people," according to an interview with the murder suspect recorded just hours after Ed Thomas's death.

The scratchy, muddled audio recording of 24-year-old Mark Becker's confession was played to a packed Butler County courtroom on the second day of his trial for first-degree murder. Becker has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. . . .

The attorney for former Oklahoma State men's basketball coach Sean Sutton entered a not guilty plea to four felony drug-related charges and said his client is in a treatment center.

The attorney, Trace Morgan, explained the reason for Sutton's absence at the arraignment to Payne County Special Judge Michael Stano, who set an April 5 hearing date.

Sutton, 41, was arrested Thursday after agents from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs said he picked up a shipment of painkillers under another person's name.

PRO BASKETBALL

Denver Nuggets Coach George Karl has neck and throat cancer but was told it is treatable.

Karl, a survivor of prostate cancer, said treatment including radiation therapy and chemotherapy could cause him to miss games and practices.

A doctor who examined Karl on Dec. 30 found a large lump. Karl said he had assumed it was just fatty tissue. . . .

The Portland Trail Blazers picked up needed help on the interior, acquiring Marcus Camby from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for former Maryland guard Steve Blake and forward Travis Outlaw. The deal also includes cash going to the Clippers.

The Blazers are in eighth place in the competitive Western Conference despite a litany of injuries. Centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla are both out for the season with injuries. All-star Brandon Roy hasn't played since Jan. 20 with a hamstring injury.

-- From News Services

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