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Beckham has option to own MLS team
Bruce Arena, the Galaxy's coach and general manager, said Sunday that he does not expect David Beckham to have any difficulty reintegrating himself into the team once he returns to Major League Soccer on July 1. Arena also said that he would try to persuade England Coach Fabio Capello not to call upon Beckham for England's exhibition against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Aug. 12, and would use the salary cap money saved on the Beckham deal to bolster the Galaxy's midfield or defense. Beckham said he was "committed to" playing for the Galaxy and even revealed an intention to one day invest in Major League Soccer. "I have an option to own an MLS franchise as soon as I finish playing and I will start that immediately," he told Reuters. "It is something that I'm really excited about and so hopefully that proves to a lot of people that I am committed to making the game bigger and better in the U.S." (Los Angeles Times)
Saban hiring new 'Bama hoops coach?
With the start of spring practice less than a week away, Alabama head coach Nick Saban covered a litany of topics in Wednesday's press conference, ranging from the possible starting quarterback to the Andre Smith NFL Combine situation. He also took time to discuss a variety of non-football related content, namely the soon to be vacant head coaching position of the UA basketball team. "I'm going to be supportive of them and what they do, and that's my role," Saban said. "I'm hopeful that we do choose somebody that, we can work well together. I would say that of any coach in the athletic department, of any sport." Ever since former Alabama coach Mark Gottfried resigned on January 26, Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo has been mentioned as a possible replacement specifically because of his relationship with Saban from their time spent together in East Lansing. While neither has publicly acknowledged the rumor, Saban has been thought be to be a key figure in the search for the next Crimson Tide basketball coach, a notion he dispelled Wednesday. (News-Ledger)
Knicks may shop for point guard
Chris Duhon's lack of durability down the stretch could serve as evidence that he's more of a reserve guard than a starter, which might make the Knicks look long and hard at other point guards this offseason. Jason Kidd will be a free agent and the 76ers have to decide what to do with Andre Miller. There's also Steve Nash, who has a $13-million team option that might not be picked up. But D'Antoni isn't ready to say that Duhon's declining production is the reason the Knicks are going belly up. (New York Newsday)
Must-See Photo
Team USA's Mark DeRosa scores past Venezuela catcher Ramon Hernandez during the sixth inning of Sunday's WBC game. (AP)
Must-See Video
Senior Night in Chapel Hill.

Game To Watch
Lakers at Blazers, 10 PM ET -- L.A. is 21-8 on the road this season.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Joe Dumars
1991 -- Detroit Pistons guard Joe Dumars begins NBA free throw streak of 62 games.
1972 -- Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary.
1947 -- U.S. Men's Figure Skating championship won by Richard Button.


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