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■SOCCER

Capello recalls Beckham

David Beckham’s successful loan move to AC Milan earned him a recall to the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Spain. England manager Fabio Capello named him among 23 players who will go to Seville to take on the European champions. Beckham has scored twice in six games since his temporary loan to Milan and Capello was convinced the former captain was fully fit and in form. “Beckham is a very important player,” Capello said. “His form is OK now. I followed him in Milan. Now he’s fit. You know every player who wants to be in the squad has to play, not only training.” Although Beckham played as a late substitute in all four World Cup qualifying victories, he was dropped for November’s 2-1 victory over Germany. Capello also called up Aston Villa’s James Milner and West Ham’s Carlton Cole for the first time.

■SOCCER

McCarthy scraps celebrations

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy cancelled his 50th birthday celebrations after his Championship leaders suffered an agonizing 2-1 defeat against Coventry. McCarthy had planned a birthday meal with his wife but he admitted it would be a somber affair as he tried to come to terms with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s stoppage time penalty miss. Wolves fell behind when Michael Doyle struck in the 25th minute. Sam Vokes levelled with 18 minutes remaining but Coventry quickly regained the lead as Leon McKenzie slotted home Jordan Henderson’s pass. Ebanks-Blake’s injury-time penalty was saved by Keiren Westwood. Meanwhile, Reading boss Steve Coppell admitted his second placed side will have to get used to playing defensive opponents at the Madejski Stadium after Preston ground out a 0-0 draw. The Royals have now gone 269 minutes without scoring despite dominating for long periods and they are four points behind Wolves. Elsewhere, Sheffield Wednesday claimed their first league double over bitter rivals Sheffield United in 95 years.

■GOLF

LPGA pioneer passes away

Betty Jameson, one of the 13 founding members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), died on Saturday aged 89, the Tour said. A winner of 13 professional titles, including three majors, Jameson was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Women’s Golf in 1951. Jameson was recognized during the LPGA’s 50th anniversary in 2000 as one of the body’s top 50 players and teachers.

■BOBSLED

Latvians strike gold

Latvia’s Janis Minnins won the gold medal in the four-man bobsled on Saturday at the World Cup in Whistler, Canada. The team finished in a two-run time of 1 minute, 42.17 seconds, barely edging Steve Holcomb of the US by six hundredths of a second. Minnins moved up to second in the World Cup rankings while Holcomb added a second silver medal to go with one bronze this year. Russian Alexsandr Zubkov’s team was third.

■HOCKEY

Germans make Olympics

Germany qualified for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Austria on Saturday. Uwe Krupp’s side booked their ticket to Canada with goals by Yannic Seidenberg and John Tripp in front of 5,000 spectators, while Japan beat Slovenia 5-4 earlier in the day. Austria pulled back a consolation goal from Dieter Kalt, but Germany held on to claim their second win in three days after beating Japan 7-1 on Thursday.

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Capello recalls Beckham

David Beckham’s successful loan move to AC Milan earned him a recall to the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Spain. England manager Fabio Capello named him among 23 players who will go to Seville to take on the European champions. Beckham has scored twice in six games since his temporary loan to Milan and Capello was convinced the former captain was fully fit and in form. “Beckham is a very important player,” Capello said. “His form is OK now. I followed him in Milan. Now he’s fit. You know every player who wants to be in the squad has to play, not only training.” Although Beckham played as a late substitute in all four World Cup qualifying victories, he was dropped for November’s 2-1 victory over Germany. Capello also called up Aston Villa’s James Milner and West Ham’s Carlton Cole for the first time.

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