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LOS ANGELES – David Beckham could miss the rest of the Los Angeles Galaxy’s season after being diagnosed with a sprained right knee Thursday.

The English midfielder underwent an MRI exam that confirmed he sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee, the team said in a statement.

Beckham, 32, was injured in a tackle with Pachuca midfielder Fernando Salazar in the first half of Wednesday night’s SuperLiga title match. The Galaxy lost, 4-3, on penalty kicks.

He was expected to be out about six weeks, and will immediately begin rehabilitation, the team said.

That would place his return at mid-October, when the Galaxy would have three regular-season games remaining.

Baseball

The Washington Wild Things (52-39) defeated the Slippery Rock Sliders (28-63), 9-0, in the first game of a double-header last night at CONSOL Energy Park. Aaron Ledbetter (14-2) earned the win, allowing two hits and striking out six in five innings. The second game was not complete in time for this edition.

Basketball

Leandro Barbosa scored 32 points to lead Brazil to a 96-62 victory over Uruguay yesterday and a berth in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas tournament.

&#149 Anthony Pedroza scored 27 points for Mexico in a 101-91 victory over Venezuela yesterday in the teams’ final game at the FIBA Americas.

College basketball

The West Virginia women’s basketball team, which returns five starters from the NCAA Tournament team as well as Oakland Catholic graduate Meg Bulger from a knee injury, will play 12 teams that competed in postseason play last season. That includes NCAA champion Tennessee in a non-conference matchup Nov. 21 in Charleston, W.Va. and runner-up Rutgers in Big East action Jan. 29. West Virginia will play at Duquesne on Dec. 7 in a non-conference game and face Pitt at home Feb. 13 and travel to Pitt on Feb. 26 in conference play.

College football

Southern California center Matt Spanos has a torn right triceps and won’t play Saturday night when the top-ranked Trojans open their season against Idaho.

Golf

U.S. Solheim Cup player Sherri Steinhauer shot a 5-under 67 in windy conditions yesterday to take a one-stroke lead in the LPGA State Farm Classic, while Annika Sorenstam was four shots back in defense of her last tour title.

&#149 Marc Warren made eight birdies for an 8-under 65 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship. The 2006 European Tour rookie of the year leads Nicolas Colsaerts (66) on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles, Scotland.

&#149 The PGA Tour is nearing completion on a comprehensive drug policy, and commissioner Tim Finchem said yesterday that testing could start as early as next year.

Track & field

Tyson Gay became the latest dominant American sprinter at world track and field championships yesterday when he pulled away from Jamaican Usain Bolt down the straightaway to win the 200 meters in 19.76 seconds, breaking the meet record of 19.79 set 12 years ago by American Michael Johnson.

Wrestling

World Wrestling Entertainment has suspended 10 of its most popular stars for violations of a policy that tests for steroids and other drugs, the company said yesterday. WWE says it issued suspension notices based on independent information from the prosecutor’s office in Albany County, N.Y., which has been investigating illegal steroid sales. The players were not identified.

Off the field

A Bethany College soccer player is facing charges that he hid marijuana inside a soccer ball and covered it with petroleum jelly before smuggling it from Canada to the West Virginia school. Deputies found the ball containing marijuana in a dorm room where they arrested Marc B. Auger, 22, and Ashkan Alavy-Chafi, 20, on drug-possession charges last weekend, Ferguson said yesterday.

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