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Announced A spokesman says David Beckham will file suit in Germany against the U.S. magazine that published claims the soccer superstar had sex with prostitutes. Los Angeles publicist Jeff Raymond said the former captain of England’s national team will sue In Touch magazine in several jurisdictions beginning today but declined to provide more details. Beckham has been married to former Spice Girl singer Victoria Beckham for 11 years. The couple has three sons.

Punished Former world champion Ricky Hatton was stripped of his boxer’s license Thursday after he was found guilty of misconduct by the British Boxing Board of Control following newspaper revelations of drug use. Hattan was also fined $31,000 at the board hearing Wednesday but kept his promoter’s license. The 31-year-old Hatton was recently admitted to a rehabilitation clinic after a tabloid published pictures of apparent cocaine use in a Manchester hotel room.

Extended The Phoenix Suns extended coach Alvin Gentry’s contract through the 2012-13 season. The move essentially is a one-year extension because the Suns exercised an option three months ago on his previous deal that ran through the 2011-12 season.

Withdrawn Tournament organizers say top-ranked Serena Williams has pulled out of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, two months after surgery on her right foot. Williams, who cut her foot on broken glass at a restaurant after winning Wimbledon, returned to practice earlier this month. Williams was to head a strong field for the Sept. 26-Oct. 2 event, which includes defending champion Maria Sharapova. Others in the field include Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone.

Rejected The NCAA rejected Middle Tennessee’s appeal, forcing quarterback Dwight Dasher to sit out his full four-game suspension for accepting a $1,500 loan.

Acquired The Philadelphia 76ers acquired rookie forward Craig Brackins from the New Orleans Hornets for Willie Green and Jason Smith. The Sixers also got forward Darius Songaila in the trade. Brackins was taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 21st overall pick in the NBA draft.


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