- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2009

From combined dispatches

MILAN, Italy | David Beckham is enjoying his stay with AC Milan so much that he is considering remaining in Italy after his two-month loan expires.

“Playing here is the dream of every footballer,” Beckham said in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera on Wednesday. “But deciding isn’t easy. It’s a question that takes time.”

Beckham’s loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy expires March 8, after which he is due to return to MLS.

“I’m under contract, and I have a lot of respect for the Galaxy. But the chance to play for Milan is something special,” Beckham said in the interview, which was published in Italian. “I knew I would enjoy it, but I didn’t expect to enjoy it this much. But in terms of character, I’m a very respectful person.”

Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said Tuesday the seven-time European champions were prepared to pay a fee to keep Beckham and would meet with his representatives in the next few days.

“I find [Milan] very similar to Manchester United. It has that tradition that only the great clubs have,” Beckham said. “At Milan, like at United, it’s a very particular atmosphere wherever you go, from the training pitch to the stadium.”

Radio Shack cans voodoo

MEXICO CITY | Radio Shack has withdrawn from a Mexican newspaper’s promotional campaign inviting fans to prick voodoo dolls to boost the nation’s soccer team in a Feb. 11 World Cup qualifier against the United States at Columbus, Ohio.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based company said it wishes “the very best of luck” to Mexico, the United States and all other teams in the final round of regional qualifying for next year’s tournament.

The Mexican sports daily Record had published an ad for the campaign Tuesday, printing coupons for fans to clip and redeem at their local Radio Shack store for a voodoo-doll likeness of a U.S. player.

An illustration showed a pair of scissors slicing off the leg of a doll in a U.S. jersey; the doll grimaced in pain with its arms covered in bruises, as stuffing leaked from its No. 10 jersey, stuck with pushpins.

Record said it hoped young people would gather around televisions for the match and “apply punishments to our rivals,” giving Mexico an edge to end a decade of winless play vs. the Americans on U.S. soil.

Owen injures ankle

MANCHESTER, England | Michael Owen cracked a bone in an ankle Wednesday night and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

The Newcastle forward’s career repeatedly has been interrupted by injuries. Owen jumped to head the ball and jarred his foot on landing. He limped off in the 19th minute of the Magpies’ 2-1 loss at Manchester City.

The 29-year-old will miss England’s exhibition game at Spain on Feb. 11. Owen, 29, has made 89 appearances for England and has 40 goals, fourth on the English career list behind Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48) and Jimmy Greaves (44).

United re-signs McTavish

D.C. United re-signed starting defender Devon McTavish, who played 26 MLS games in 2008 and earned one goal and four assists.

In all competitions, he played 42 matches, starting 40, with four goals and five assists.

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