Sports in Brief: Manchester United nipped by Galatasaray

Posted: November 22, 2012

Galatasaray remained on course to join Manchester United in the Champions League knockout phase after Burak Yilmaz secured a 1-0 victory over the already-qualified leaders in Istanbul, Turkey. Elsewhere: Juventus got goals from Fabio Quagliarella, Arturo Vidal, and Sebastian Giovinco for a 3-0 win over Chelsea in Turin, Italy, to put the English squad on the brink of becoming the first defending champions to fail to make it out of the group stage. . . . Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona dropped host Spartak Moscow, 3-0.

David Beckham said he has several enticing offers to continue his 20-year career after he leaves the Los Angeles Galaxy next month. Speculation has linked the 37-year-old English midfielder to teams in Australia, Brazil, China, Britain, and France, but Beckham confirmed only that he won't move to New York or another Major League Soccer team. Beckham, whose MLS contract includes an option to buy a franchise when his career ends, did reaffirm his interest in one day owning a team in the league.

The manager of Swiss soccer team Thun, Bernard Challandes, quit after his team voted against continuing to work with him.

AUTO RACING:Danica Patrick and her husband are divorcing after seven years of marriage. Patrick announced the split with Paul Hospenthal on her Facebook page.

Hospenthal is a physical therapist who met Patrick while treating her for a non-racing injury. The two were married in 2005, and he is 17 years older than the 30-year-old driver. Patrick just completed her first full season in NASCAR, running the full Nationwide schedule and 10 Sprint Cup Series races after leaving IndyCar.

ARENA FOOTBALL: Defensive back Kent Richardson will return to the Soul in 2013. The former West Virginia player, who is entering his third AFL season, agreed to a two-year contract. Richardson had a breakout season in 2012 by setting the Soul single-season record for interceptions with 14.

- Staff and wire reports

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