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James eager for role with Beckham's Miami franchise

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, said on Wednesday he hoped to be involved with David Beckham's plan to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Miami. Former England soccer captain Beckham, who has become a close friend of James in recent years and often attends Heat games in Miami, announced earlier on Wednesday he had exercised his option to become the owner of an MLS team in that city.

Beckham to seek world-class talent for Miami soccer club

Miami, Feb 5 (EFE).- David Beckham said Wednesday that he aims to recruit some of "the best football players in the world" for his new Major League Soccer franchise in Miami. Following months of rumors, the 38-year-old former England captain confirmed his intention to acquire an MLS franchise for the Magic City. The deal that brought Beckham to the LA Galaxy in 2007 after his glory years with Manchester United and Real Madrid included an option for him to acquire an MLS franchise for the bargain price of $25 million.

Football: Beckham set to become MLS team owner

David Beckham is poised to confirm on Wednesday that he will own a team in Miami, boosting further his global profile and that of Major League Soccer. It has been one of the worst-kept secrets in world football that the former England star intends to exercise his option to buy an MLS club and wants to bring it to Miami, with the plan contingent on a deal for a privately funded stadium, US media report.

Swansea fires coach Michael Laudrup

London, Feb 4 (EFE).- Swansea City announced Tuesday the firing of coach Michael Laudrup, who is to be replaced by former player Garry Monk. "It is a decision we have taken reluctantly," the chairman of the Premier League club, Huw Jenkins, said. "But it's a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City Football Club and our supporters. Monk will take the reins in partnership with Laudrup's top assistant, Alan Curtis. Regarded as Denmark's best-ever soccer player, Laudrup, 49, shined on the field with Barcelona and Real Madrid before going into coaching.

S. Korean footballers enjoy first full day off after win over Costa Rica

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- After beating Costa Rica in its first international football match of the year, South Korean men's national football team received its first full day off during its ongoing training camp in the U.S. on Sunday. South Koreans edged out Costa Rica 1-0 in Los Angeles on Saturday on an early goal by striker Kim Shin-wook. Head coach Hong Myung-bo gave his charge well-deserved rest, with a match against Mexico in San Antonio scheduled for Wednesday.

S. Korean footballers enjoy first full day off after win over Costa Rica

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- After beating Costa Rica in its first international football match of the year, South Korean men's national football team received its first full day off during its ongoing training camp in the U.S. on Sunday. South Koreans edged out Costa Rica 1-0 in Los Angeles on Saturday on an early goal by striker Kim Shin-wook. Head coach Hong Myung-bo gave his charge well-deserved rest, with a match against Mexico in San Antonio scheduled for Wednesday.

Football: Rampant Roma close gap on Juve to six points

Captain Francesco Totti scored late from the spot to cap a crucial win for Roma in a 3-1 rout away to Verona which helped close the gap on leaders Juventus to six points on Sunday. Juventus had to settle for a share of the points in a 1-1 draw away to Lazio on Saturday when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off and left the champions with 10 men for much of their encounter at the Olympic Stadium.

Football: Rampant Roma close gap on Juve to six points

Captain Francesco Totti scored late from the spot to cap a crucial win for Roma in a 3-1 rout away to Verona which helped close the gap on leaders Juventus to six points on Sunday. Juventus had to settle for a share of the points in a 1-1 draw away to Lazio on Saturday when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off and left the champions with 10 men for much of their encounter at the Olympic Stadium.

Football: Rampant Roma close gap on Juve to six points

Captain Francesco Totti scored late from the spot to cap a crucial win for Roma in a 3-1 rout away to Verona which helped close the gap on leaders Juventus to six points on Sunday. Juventus had to settle for a share of the points in a 1-1 draw away to Lazio on Saturday when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off and left the champions with 10 men for much of their encounter at the Olympic Stadium.

S. Korea blanks Costa Rica in pre-World Cup friendly

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea defeated Costa Rica 1-0 thanks to an early goal in their pre-World Cup tune-up match in Los Angeles on Saturday. Striker Kim Shin-wook's goal in the 10th minute stood as the winner at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, as South Korea enjoyed an encouraging start to its preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil. South Korea's record improved to four wins, four losses and three draws under head coach Hong Myung-bo.
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