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Sports briefs: Beckham's career ends

Published May 26, 2013 5:59 pm

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Soccer • David Beckham on Sunday officially became his sport's most famous new retiree.

A thigh injury prevented Carlo Ancelotti from picking Beckham for Paris Saint-Germain's final match of the season. The Italian coach had previously suggested that the artificial turf in Lorient's stadium might be too taxing for Beckham's 38-year-old legs.

Beckham announced his retirement May 16. He shed tears two days later at his last home game for PSG, getting a rousing sendoff and standing ovation in Paris. That, as it turned out, was the last match of his career.

Christie to speak with Rutgers

COLLEGE SPORTS • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to speak with Rutgers officials about a report that the athletic director hired to clean up the school's scandal-scarred program quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players complained she ruled through humiliation, fear and emotional abuse. A Christie spokesman says the governor is aware of the report about Julie Hermann in The Star-Ledger of Newark, but wants to get more details before commenting.

The Star-Ledger reported that Tennessee players wrote the mentality cruelty they suffered when Hermann was coach was unbearable, adding she called them "whores, alcoholics and learning disabled." Hermann was hired May 15 to replace the ousted Tim Pernetti, who was let go after basketball coach Mike Rice was fired for abusive behavior.

Nibali clinchesGiro d'Italia victory

CYCLING • Vincenzo Nibali coasted to the Giro d'Italia title in the final stage of the three-week classic, while Mark Cavendish won the 21st leg in a sprint finish in Brescia, Italy.

From wire reports