Beckham to become temporary Gunner
David Beckham is close to finalizing a deal which will see him prepare for England's next game in February by training with Arsenal.
The Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger revealed the unexpected arrangement that Beckham as a former Manchester United star could never have contemplated emerging, walking into the north London side's training center at London Colney.
During his new club Los Angeles Galaxy's off-season Beckham will need to prove his fitness ahead of Fabio Capello's first game in charge of England against Switzerland on February 6 at Wembley.
Beckham, coached by Capello at Real Madrid where the pair had an up and down relationship, needs one more international appearance to reach a landmark 100 caps.
Vonn scores double
ST. ANTON, Austria
America's Lindsey Vonn grabbed her second World Cup victory in two days yesterday, following Friday's downhill triumph with a win in the super-combined event.
Vonn, who raced as Lindsey Kildow before marrying former U.S. teammate Thomas Vonn in September, posted a combined time of two minutes 20.28 seconds to finish an impressive 0.68 seconds clear of second-placed German Maria Riesch.
Fellow American Julia Mancuso took third spot, 0.02 of a second behind Riesch.
Vonn and Mancuso also finished first and third in Friday's downhill with Canada's Kelly Vanderbeek coming between them.
Van der Sar deal
Edwin van der Sar has ended the uncertainty surrounding his future by signing a new one-year contract at Manchester United. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who has also agreed a three-year deal for Angolan striker Manucho, has handed Van der Sar a contract that ties him to Old Trafford until June 2009.
The Dutch goalkeeper had been considering retirement at the end of the current campaign, but Ferguson admits that the former Ajax and Juventus keeper is a crucial member of the squad and one whose experience will be vital next season.
West Indies lose
EAST LONDON, South Africa
Stand-in captain Dwayne Bravo saved the touring West Indians from total humiliation but could not prevent his side from suffering a ten-wicket defeat against South Africa A at Buffalo Park Friday.
South Africa A completed its second win over a touring side this season, winning with a day to spare in the scheduled four-day match. It beat New Zealand by 85 runs last month. It could have been worse for the tourists, who were facing an innings defeat when they were tottering at 53 for five in their second innings, still 125 runs behind South Africa A's first innings total. But Bravo led a fightback by the lower order batsmen.
Hamilton to Rangers
Josh Hamilton was headed to the Texas Rangers on Friday, in a trade in which the Cincinnati Reds received pitcher Edison Volquez and a minor league hurler.
Hamilton batted .292 this past season with 19 home runs and 47 RBI in 90 games with the Reds.
The 26-year-old was an early candidate for Comeback Player of the Year honors before being slowed by health issues, including wrist and hamstring injuries and gastroenteritis. Hamilton was the top overall draft selection of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999. But alcohol and drug abuse slowed his career. He was acquired by the Reds in 2006.
Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann could well be between the posts for Germany in Euro 2008 despite not holding down a starting spot with the English Premier League, according to Germany coach Joachim Loew.
"Jens has great qualities. He is of course a leader in the team and he has shown in the past that he deals well with pressure," Loew told a German newspaper.
Beckham to become temporary Gunner