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Sports log: David Beckham, 38, to retire at season’s end

SOCCER

David Beckham is retiring from soccer, ending a career in which he transcended the sport with forays into fashion and a marriage to a pop star that made him a global celebrity. The 38-year-old former England captain, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, said Thursday he will quit after the season. Beckham has two more matches left at PSG — against Brest on Saturday and at Lorient on May 26 . . . Landon Donovan was left off the 29-man US roster for a training camp ahead of a trio of World Cup qualifiers next month, but American coach Jurgen Klinsmann anticipates he will rejoin the team at an unspecified point . . . The Revolution waived midfielder Sainey Nyassi. The 24-year-old Gambian, who made 104 regular-season appearances with New England, including 75 starts, had eight goals and four assists since signing with the club in 2007 as a youth international player.

BASEBALL

Rays’ Price (triceps) headed to the DL

AL Cy Young winner David Price was put on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career, a day after the struggling Tampa Bay ace was slowed by a strained left triceps. The lefthander exited Wednesday night’s loss to the Red Sox after allowing four runs in 2 innings . . . Major League Baseball appears set for a vast expansion of video review by umpires in 2014 and is examining whether all calls other than balls and strikes should be subject to instant replay. MLB executive vice president Joe Torre hopes to have proposals by the Aug. 14-15 session in Cooperstown, N.Y. . . . The Astros have called a Friday news conference amid multiple reports that Reid Ryan, son of Hall of Fame pitcher and Texas Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan, has been chosen to be their next president.

BASKETBALL

Duquette named UMass-Lowell coach

Pat Duquette, a former assistant coach at Northeastern and Boston College, was named head coach at UMass-Lowell. Duquette, a Dalton native and cousin of Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette, replaces Greg Herenda, who recently accepted the head job at Fairleigh Dickinson . . . Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel said he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament . . . Ousted NBA players’ association executive director Billy Hunter alleges in a lawsuit that president Derek Fisher had a secret deal with owners during the 2011 lockout. Hunter contends that Fisher undermined Hunter’s efforts to make an agreement and secretly negotiated with select owners in violation of union bylaws. Filed Thursday in California Superior Court, the suit seeks unspecified damages for defamation and breach of contract . . . A person familiar with the deal said the Maloof family reached an agreement with a Sacramento group headed by software tycoon Vivek Ranadive to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings at a total franchise valuation of $535 million. The NBA is expected to officially approve the agreement next week.

HOCKEY

US crushes Russia to reach semifinals

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Paul Stastny had two goals and two assists and Craig Smith had five assists to give the United States a spot in the world hockey championship semifinals with an 8-3 pounding of Russia in Helsinki. The Americans will next face Switzerland, which beat the Czech Republic, 2-1 . . . Islanders forward Matt Moulson, Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane, and Lightning forward Martin St. Louis are the three finalists for the NHL’s Lady Byng Trophy, the league’s sportsmanship award . . . Sharks forward Raffi Torres was suspended for the rest of the Western Conference semifinal series against Los Angeles for a hit to Kings forward Jarret Stoll’s head .

MISCELLANY

Nadal struggles but advances in Rome

Six-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame one of the worst opening sets of his career to edge Ernests Gulbis, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, and reach the Italian Open quarterfinals in Rome. In the women’s draw, Serena Williams routed Dominika Cibulkova, 6-0, 6-1, for her 21st consecutive win, matching the best streak of her career . . . The US Open tennis tournament will leave CBS after nearly a half-century and move all TV coverage to cable starting in 2015 under an 11-year contract with ESPN . . . Authorities in North Carolina said former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said Trickle’s body was found near his pickup truck at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Boger City, N.C. . . . Jennifer Jo Cobb said she feels ‘‘in danger’’ of racing Friday night in a Truck Series event at Charlotte Motor Speedway after fellow NASCAR driver Mike Harmon was arrested for allegedly stealing her team trailer last weekend.

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