Around the Nation (Dec. 1): Beckham wins 2nd MLS title, Galaxy beat Dynamo 3-1

GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

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SOCCER

Beckham leads Galaxy to MLS Cup over Dynamo

CARSON, Calif. -- Landon Donovan scored the tiebreaking goal on a penalty kick in the 65th minute, and David Beckham left MLS as a two-time champion with the Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in the MLS Cup on Saturday.

Omar Gonzalez tied it in the 61st minute with a long header for the Galaxy, who defended their title in a rematch of last season's championship game.

With a stirring second-half surge capped by Robbie Keane's goal on another penalty kick in injury time, Los Angeles won its fourth MLS Cup, tying D.C. United for the MLS record.

The Galaxy also gave an appropriate farewell to Beckham, the 37-year-old English midfielder who transformed the league and his team over six seasons in Los Angeles. Beckham will play elsewhere in the new year, but he hasn't disclosed his immediate plans.

BASKETBALL

Cleveland State rallies to beat Toledo 78-73

CLEVELAND -- Charlie Lee scored a career-high 22 points and hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to give Cleveland State its first lead of the game in a 78-73 win over Toledo on Saturday.

The Vikings (6-2), who trailed by 10 in the first half, tied the score four times, including 71-71 with 1:23 left after a Sebastian Douglas steal and layup. Following Lee's go-ahead trey, Douglas added another steal and layup with 19 seconds to go.

After a foul on Cleveland State and some pushing and shoving resulting in offsetting technical fouls, Reese Holliday's two free throws made it 76-73 with 10 seconds left. Lee was fouled immediately and hit two free throws.

Lee was 7-of-10 from the field, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers and also had seven assists.

Bryn Forbes added 16 points and Tim Kamczyc 15 for the Vikings.

Matt Smith's 20 points led Toledo (2-5).

BASEBALL

Rays trade Badenhop to Brewers for Mondesi

MILWAUKEE -- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr.

The deal was made Saturday.

Badenhop turns 30 on Feb. 8. He was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 games last season. He has been a full-time reliever for the last three seasons and is 16-17 with two saves and a 4.08 ERA in his career with the Marlins and Rays.

The 20-year-old Mondesi, son of a former All-Star outfielder, hit .231 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 68 games at rookie league Helena.

GOLF

McDowell clings tightly to lead at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Graeme McDowell rolled in two long putts early and kept bogeys off his card to keep the lead in the World Challenge on Saturday.

McDowell, trying to win at Sherwood for the second time in three years, had a 4-under 68 for a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley (67). Tiger Woods failed to birdie any of the five par 5s at Sherwood, though the tournament host and defending champion stayed in the game with enough birdies late in his round for a 69. He was five shots behind, along with Bo Van Pelt (70).

McDowell hasn't won anywhere in the world since he beat Woods in a playoff at the World Challenge at the end of the 2010 season. He plans to take 10 weeks off after Sunday.

Thailand's Jutanugarn leads LPGA Q-school

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday to maintain a six-stroke lead after the fourth round of the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament.

The 18-year-old Jutanugarn had a 15-under total at LPGA International. The final top 20 in the five-round event will earn full tour status.

"The biggest thing for me right now is just getting my card," Jutanugarn said. "Then I get to look forward to next year and how to hang on. That's hard. It's life. There will be so many challenges and you'll have to work harder and harder. Everybody works hard."

Japan's Ayako Uehara was second, also after a 70.

Two-time tour winner Christina Kim, tied for third after the second round, followed her third-round 75 with a 73 to drop into a tie for 24th at 1-under.

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