MLS Soccer

MLS plans more expansion

Major League Soccer hopes to announce another expansion soon, this time to Montreal. Commissioner Don Garber said the league also would like to return to the southeast, either to Atlanta or South Florida.

“We’re confident that we’ll be able to announce a 19th team shortly, and our hope is that 19th team will be in Montreal,” he said Thursday.

The league has 16 teams this season and has added clubs for 2011 in Portland and Vancouver, B.C.


Forbes magazine said David Beckham still reigns supreme as soccer’s top-earning player. The 35-year-old midfielder earns $40 million annually, with much of that coming from sponsors. … U.S. forward Charlie Davies has not given up on making the World Cup and even hopes to play for his Sochaux team in the next few weeks, despite the French club’s president saying his European season is over.


Jason Bohn took advantage of calm morning conditions in the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic in Avondale, La., shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over five players, including 2006 champion Chris Couch. … Australia’s Marcus Fraser shot a 7-under 65 to take the lead in the suspended first round of the fog-disrupted Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea. … Former Washington State standout and defending U.S. champion Diana Pickler broke the Drake Relays heptathlon record with 6,040 points, the second-best mark in the world this year. … Olympic and world champion sprinter LaShawn Merritt has accepted a provisional suspension after testing positive for a banned over-the-counter drug. … Robin Soderling reached the quarterfinals in his first clay-court tournament of the season at the Barcelona Open when he rolled past Feliciano Lopez of Spain, 6-3, 6-2

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