Football: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs signed a six-year, $63 million contract Wednesday, making him the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history.
The contract, which assures him $38 million in guaranteed money, provides a long-term solution to Suggs’ unsettled status as the team’s franchise player.
Had Suggs not signed, he would have played the season for $10.17 million and become a free agent next season.
During his six years with the Ravens, Suggs has 53 sacks, forced 19 fumbles and has not missed a game.
Beckham back, for now
Soccer: David Beckham flashed his famous smile and said he was happy to be back. What he wouldn’t say is how long he’ll stay.
The 34-year-old midfielder with the talented right foot and ever-changing hair styles returns to the Los Angeles Galaxy for tonight’s game against the New York Red Bulls following a half-season loan to AC Milan.
He’s not looking ahead – not quite yet – to playing in next year’s World Cup or to another offseason loan. But make no mistake, there’s a high likelihood he will quit Rodeo Drive for Via della Spiga again at the end of this season because that’s what England manager Fabio Capello suggested.
“The England manager has made it very clear to me,” Beckham said. “So I will do everything possible. I’ll always regret it if I didn’t do everything … to give myself a chance to be involved in that.”
Slowed by ankle and knee injuries, he played just eight matches for the Galaxy his first year with one goal and three assists. While healthier last year Los Angeles once again missed the playoffs.
Beckham drew criticism from teammate Landon Donovan, who said in a book out this week, Grant Wahl’s “The Beckham Experiment,” that the former England captain gave up on the Galaxy last year and was unprofessional. Beckham, in turn, called Donovan unprofessional for speaking without confronting him first.
The pair then spoke last Saturday after the team’s 1-0 victory over L.A. rival Chivas USA.
“We sat down, went through everything, went through everything that had been said,” Beckham recalled. “Landon apologized, and I told him my view on things, and it’s forgot about.”
Now Favre says … oh, whatever
Football: Brett Favre acknowledged he’s “running out of time” to decide whether he’ll play for the Minnesota Vikings this season.
The quarterback said he’ll give the Vikings an answer on whether he’ll play by the July 30 start of training camp.