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Beckham will sit out another game with bad ankle

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was not on the roster for Sunday's game against the New England Revolution.

Beckham, who is nursing a tender left ankle, arrived on the team bus, wearing his warmups like the rest of the Galaxy players. But he did not join his teammates on the field for pregame warmups, and when the rosters for the match were announced about 40 minutes before the 7 p.m. kickoff, he was not listed as a starter or a substitute.

Beckham has played just twice for the Galaxy since signing a five-year, $32.5 million contract in January. He sprained his ankle while playing for England in June, aggravated it in a game with Real Madrid later that month and then tweaked it again last week.

• BOXING -- Daniel Ponce De Leon knocked out unbeaten Rey Bautista in a stunning first round Saturday night, retaining his WBO 122-pound title and recording Mexico's only victory in a six-fight World Cup of Boxing against the Philippines.

In the co-main event, Filipino veteran Gerry Penalosa upset Jhonny Gonzalez with a seventh-round knockout on a perfect liver punch to claim the WBO 118-pound title.

HBO's so-called World Cup pitted six Mexican fighters against six Filipino boxers in front of a lively crowd at Arco Arena. The nationalist overtones took a blow when the Philippines won the first four bouts of the night before HBO's telecast even began, but Ponce De Leon (32-1, 29 KOs) provided a brilliant finish for Mexico.

• PRO BASEBALL -- The Mets placed catcher Paul Lo Duca on the 15-day disabled list Sunday because of a strained right hamstring.

Lo Duca hurt his hamstring earlier this month and missed six games. He aggravated the injury Saturday night after hitting a grounder to Marlins pitcher Scott Olsen in the fourth inning. Olsen ran toward Lo Duca to tag him out, and the veteran catcher stopped short and pulled up with a limp.

Lo Duca stayed in the game, and grounded into a force out in the sixth. He was replaced during a pitching change in the top of the seventh by Ramon Castro.

• AUTO RACING -- Sebastien Bourdais kept waiting for something to happen, for yet another bad break to keep him from winning at Road America.

He needn't have worried.

Bourdais not only conquered a track that has stymied him in three previous tries, he took a big step toward an unprecedented fourth straight Champ Car title.

The Frenchman, who will move to Formula One in 2008, had failed to win on the 4.028-mile, 14-turn natural terrain road course despite being dominant at times. But he closed the deal in Sunday's Generac Grand Prix, starting from the pole and overpowering the rest of the 17-car field in picking up his fifth win of the season.

• PRO TENNIS -- Ana Ivanovic hit 31 winners, including 23 off her powerful forehand, and beat Nadia Petrova 7-5, 6-4 to win the East West Bank Classic.

Ivanovic completed a big day for Serbian tennis by winning her second tournament of the year. Her countryman Novak Djokovic upset world No. 1 Roger Federer in three sets to win the Rogers Cup title in Montreal.

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