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Beckham makes first MLS start

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- David Beckham brought back memories of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, reviving soccer interest in the New York area for a night.

Playing before a record crowd of 66,237, Beckham made his first Major League Soccer start and set up a pair of goals by Carlos Pavon in the first eight minutes. But the New York Red Bulls rallied for a wild 5-4 win over the Galaxy when Juan Pablo Angel scored his second goal of the game in the 88th minute.

Giants Stadium is nearly empty for most Red Bulls' games -- the team's average of 11,573 for its first 10 home matches was next to last in the league. The crowd that came out for Beckham was the largest in franchise history and the largest there for a U.S. league game since the Cosmos drew 70,312 against Fort Lauderdale on June 22, 1980.

• MLB -- Outfielder Jermaine Dye agreed to a two-year, $22 million contract extension to stay with the Chicago White Sox through the 2009 season.

There is also a mutual option for 2010.

Dye, the MVP of the 2005 World Series, could have been a free agent at the end of this season.

Dye will receive $9.5 million in 2008 and $11.5 million in 2009. The mutual option pays Dye $12 million for the 2010 season or gives him a $1 million buyout.

• A Tampa Bay Devil Rays minor leaguer was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's minor league drug rules.

James Houser of the Devil Rays' Double-A Montgomery Biscuits has been suspended for 50 games starting Saturday after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

• TENNIS -- In Mason, Ohio, Roger Federer moved within a victory of his 50th career title by beating Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (1) in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.

Federer, who won this event in 2005, will face James Blake on Sunday. Blake beat Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-2 in the late semifinal match.

• BASKETBALL -- In Las Vegas, Nev., it's a good thing Team USA wasn't playing Brazil or Argentina.

The Americans had trouble shooting against zone defenses in splitting a four-quarter scrimmage with the U.S. select team, comprised of younger NBA players. The senior team won the first and second quarters and lost the third and fourth, the last in overtime.

"We're not shooting real well," coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

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