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Beckham ready to play in Madrid's title-deciding match

MADRID, Spain -- David Beckham has recovered from an ankle injury and will play in Real Madrid's league title-deciding match Sunday against Mallorca.

The 32-year-old midfielder trained with the team Saturday. Beckham reinjured his left ankle in Madrid's 2-2 tie with Zaragoza last Saturday after spraining it while playing for England against Estonia in European Championship qualifying 10 days ago.

Madrid is unbeaten in the 11 games Beckham has played since Capello reinstated the former England captain, after benching him for signing a five-year deal with the Los Angeles Galaxy in January.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- The Citadel has given Coastal Carolina permission to talk with Ed Conroy about the head coaching job vacated by Buzz Peterson, who resigned this week to become director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Citadel athletic director Les Robinson confirmed Friday that his counterpart at Coastal Carolina, Warren Koegel, has asked for permission to speak to Conroy about the job.

Conroy, 39, was an assistant to Peterson in the 2005-06 season when Coastal improved to 20-10 after a 10-19 season the year before. Conroy also worked for four years with Peterson at Tennessee and before that, the two worked at Tulsa.

• SOCCER -- Landon Donovan and Carlos Bocanegra scored second-half goals, and the United States survived some sloppy defense late in the game to beat Panama 2-1 and advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The defending champion Americans, who jumped from 29th to 16th in the latest FIFA rankings, play Canada on Thursday in Chicago for a berth in the final. Canada defeated Guatemala 3-0 in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader.

Blas Perez scored in the 84th minute for 57th-ranked Panama, which lost to the United States on penalty kicks in the 2005 final of the Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Perez's goal was the first allowed by the United States in this year's tournament.

In Sunday's quarterfinals at Houston, Honduras plays Guadaloupe and Mexico meets Costa Rica.

• PRO TENNIS -- Second-seeded Andy Roddick and unseeded Nicolas Mahut advanced to the final of the Queen's Club grass-court championship.

Roddick beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 7-5, and Mahut reached his first final by serving 17 aces in a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over 14th-seeded Arnaud Clement.

After waiting out a three-hour rain delay before the first semifinal, Roddick broke Tursunov to lead 5-4 in the first set and then closed it out by winning the final 10 points.

• Xavier Malisse and Jurgen Melzer are the latest players to pull out of Wimbledon, which begins June 25.

Malisse, who reached the semifinals in 2002, has a wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the French Open last month. The Belgian was replaced in the men's singles draw by Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan.

• Maria Sharapova defeated 16-year-old Tamira Peszak 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the DFS Classic quarterfinals in a match that was postponed two days because of rain.

The top-seeded Sharapova faced the prospect of playing three more matches by the end of the weekend in the grass-court warm-up event for Wimbledon. Sharapova next was to face Elena Likhovtseva in a quarterfinal later Saturday. But more rain started falling immediately after her match against Peszak.

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