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2015: David Beckham

Retired soccer star David Beckham. (AP Photo)

Galaxy to honor Beckham with statue at stadium

The LA Galaxy will honor David Beckham with a statue of the English superstar outside their stadium.

The statue will be unveiled before the club’s regular-season opener March 2, a Galaxy spokesman confirmed Friday.

Beckham joined the Galaxy in 2007 and spent parts of six seasons in Los Angeles, leading the club to two MLS Cup championships at the stadium now known as Dignity Health Sports Park.

Beckham is expected to attend the unveiling when the five-time MLS champion Galaxy open the season against the Chicago Fire.

Beckham’s statue will be the first honoring a former MLS player outside a stadium. FC Dallas has a statue of late owner Lamar Hunt outside Toyota Stadium. (AP)

Ambush host KC Comets • Cross-state rivals will square off Saturday at 7:05 p.m. when the St. Louis Ambush (7-8) host the Kansas City Comets (7-5) in Major Arena Soccer League action at Family Arena.

The Ambush are 3-1 against the Comets this season, but Kansas City enters with a three-game winning streak and a lead in the South Central Division standings.

Ambush defender Magui Souza was named to the MASL team of the week after a two-goal, three-assist, four-block effort last weekend.

Saturday’s halftime will feature an alumni game with players from the Steamers, Storm and Ambush in a North County vs. South County match. Alumni players will be available for autographs beginning at 5:30 p.m. (From news sources)

Vols’ Pons to miss game • Tennessee reserve guard/forward Yves Pons will miss the top-ranked Volunteers’ game with Florida on Saturday after suffering a facial injury while colliding with a teammate in practice.

Pons, a 6-foot-6 sophomore from France, averages 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 15.7 minutes.

Tennessee (21-1, 9-0 SEC) carries a 17-game winning streak into Saturday’s matchup with Florida (12-10, 4-5). (AP)

UConn’s Adams out 4-6 weeks • UConn leading scorer Jalen Adams will be out the next four to six weeks because of a knee injury suffered during the Huskies’ loss to Temple on Wednesday.

The school announced Friday that an MRI confirmed the senior guard sprained his left knee. (AP)

Torrence leads in Top Fuel • Defending season champion Steve Torrence took the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the season-opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif.

Torrence had a run of 3.716 seconds at 330.07 mph in the first qualifying session.

Robert Hight topped the Funny Car field, and Erica Enders was the fastest in Pro Stock. (AP)

Berdych makes semifinals • Former champion Tomas Berdych reached the Open Sud de France semifinals the hard way, saving two match points in a 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-5 win against Filip Krajinovic on Friday in Montpellier, France.

The 33-year-old Czech next faces Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France, who beat Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-5, 7-6 (4).

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hit 18 aces but needed four match points to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (6), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in an all-French quarterfinal.

Tsonga next plays Radu Albot of Macedonia, who won 6-2, 7-6 (2) against Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. (AP)

Bison get White House invite • North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says President Donald Trump has invited the national champion North Dakota State football team to the White House.

Hoeven says Trump extended the invitation after the two of them talked about the Bison winning their seventh Football Championship Subdivision title in eight years. (AP)