Beckham Staying With Galaxy

Posted: January 04, 2012

DAVID BECKHAM is set to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy after turning down a chance to join Paris Saint-Germain, the French club said yesterday.

After weeks of negotiations with PSG, the 36-year-old midfielder and former England captain decided he doesn't want to move his family from the United States.

"David Beckham is not coming," PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi said at the Qatar Open tennis tournament. "We feel a little disappointed. But both sides agreed it would be better that we not do the deal . . . maybe in the future."

Beckham's 5-year contract with the Galaxy ended after he won his first MLS Cup in November. He was wooed by several clubs across Europe.

"David Beckham is with Los Angeles," al-Khelaifi said. "And he's going to stay there."

Beckham will try to finalize a new, improved rolling 1-year contract this week with the Galaxy, which was paying him an annual base salary of $6.5 million.

French media had reported that Beckham would have been paid almost double that at PSG, whose Qatari owners have spent more than $100 million on players during 6 months in charge.

Beckham and wife Victoria, a former member of the "Spice Girls," moved to California in 2007 after 4 years at Real Madrid.

College Football * 

Rutgers junior wide receiver Mohamed Sanu said he will enter the NFL draft. Sanu shattered both Big East and Rutgers single-season records for receptions this season, and finished the year with 115 catches, 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns.

* Coach Chris Petersen has reached agreement with Boise State on a new, 5-year contract, the Idaho Statesman reported.

* Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox will enter the NFL draft instead of returning for his final year of eligibility.

* Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said he's willing to allow freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett to transfer to either Michigan State or Michigan to be close to his ailing father.

Baseball * 

Greg Dobbs has agreed to a 2-year contract to remain with the Miami Marlins, a source told the Associated Press.

* Free agent reliever Robinson Tejeda has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and been invited to major league spring training.

Sport Stops * 

2006 Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko was cleared to compete at this month's European figure skating championships. The International Skating Union said it granted Russia's request for an exemption for Plushenko, who did not have the required qualifying score from an international event during the past two seasons.

* French motorcyclist Sebastien Coue was in critical condition after being found unconscious in remote sand dunes during the Dakar Rally. The rally, one of the most dangerous in motor sports, has left three dead.

Philly File * 

Two players from the Philadelphia Union Academy have been named to the U.S. U-18 men's national team camp. They are goalkeeper Zack Steffen and defender Miguel Alves. Also selected was 16-year-old midfielder Zach Pfeffer, who signed as the Union's first homegrown player in December 2010.

* La Salle sophomore Tyreek Duren was named Big 5 Player of the Week after averaging 21 points in two victories.

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