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Injured Beckham still set to join Galaxy in July

LOS ANGELES - David Beckham is still expected to join the Los Angeles Galaxy in mid-July despite an ankle injury sustained in his final game with Real Madrid.

Beckham ended a four-year stint with the Spanish club Sunday, leaving in the second half of its 3-1 victory over Mallorca that clinched the Spanish League title on the final day of the season.

He originally injured his left ankle playing for England in a European Championship qualifier on June 6 and it flared up again Sunday.

"I felt it snap again," Beckham said. "There was a lot of pain."

Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas said the team has been in contact with Beckham's camp.

"We are confident he's getting the treatment necessary for an injury that we believe is going to require some time off," Lalas said. "Everything we've heard is he just needs some time, and luckily he has time."

Because Beckham's contract with Real Madrid runs through June 30, Lalas declined to comment in detail on Beckham's treatment or give a timetable for his recovery. But Lalas said it won't delay his mid-July arrival in Los Angeles.

n Israeli-Palestinian team routed by Real Madrid : Less than 48 hours after winning the Spanish League title, Real Madrid routed a mixed Israeli-Palestinian team 8-0 Tuesday night in a charity "Peace Match" in Tel Aviv, Isreal.

Before a crowd of 30,000, Real Madrid played without Beckham, who did not make the trip.

n Venezuela bans protests during Copa America: Venezuela's government banned protests from many areas during the Copa America soccer championship to prevent opponents of President Hugo Chavez from disrupting the tournament.

Justice Minister Pedro Carreno said Tuesday that "all the protests staged near stadiums, airports, highways and hotels are not permitted, and the state's security forces will have act diligently to break them up."

Tens of thousands of foreign soccer fans are expected at the Copa America, which is being staged in Venezuela for the first time and will be played beginning Tuesday through July 15. The United States and Mexico are invited guests to the 12-nation tournament, the championship of South America.

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