MLS expanded to Los Angeles for next season, granting a franchise yesterday to Jorge Vergara, owner of popular Mexican team CD Guadalajara.

The team, tentatively known as Chivas USA, will play at Home Depot Center in Carson, the Los Angeles Galaxy's home field. Chivas, or Goats, is CD Guadalajara's nickname.

MLS's other expansion team will play in Salt Lake City, giving the league 12 franchises.

Commissioner Don Garber announced last year the league would grant Vergara one of two expansion teams for 2005. Chicago, Houston and San Diego were in contention for Vergara's team.

Garber said Los Angeles offered the best opportunity for success.

"We needed a great facility, a place that would provide the atmosphere and the excitement to capture the potential of this unique team," Garber said, "and we wanted a market that would understand the significance of this undertaking."

* BOXING: Mike Tyson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in Phoenix to repair cartilage damage suffered during his fight with Danny Williams.

A spokesman for Tyson said Richard Emerson fixed four tears in the knee apparently suffered late in the first round of Tyson's knockout loss to Williams in Louisville on Friday.

* OLYMPICS: The Greek and Canadian Olympic baseball teams will play an exhibition game at Orioles Park at Camden Yards tomorrow at 10 a.m. Admission is free; however fans are encouraged to make a $5 donation to benefit the Greek Baseball Federation and the Derksen Education Fund, which assists the teenage children of Rob Derksen, international scout for the Orioles and executive director and manager of the Greek Olympic baseball team who died of a heart attack on June 15. Free parking is available in Lots B and C. Fans should enter at Gate D.

* GOLF: Hank Kuehne salvaged an embarrassing night off the tee with two birdie putts that got his team back in the match, and Tiger Woods took over from there.

Woods blistered a 5-iron within 25 feet for an eagle at the par-5 16th that capped a great comeback and gave him and Kuehne a 2-and-1 victory over Phil Mickelson and John Daly in the "Battle at the Bridges" in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

* BASEBALL: Clark Griffith league playoff games scheduled for today and Thursday at Herndon High School have been moved from evening games to 4 p.m. starts. The best-of-five league championship series began last night with the Bethesda Big Train defeating the Herndon Braves, 11-3.

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