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2008-01-07 Sports
    2009-01-07 15:27:59     CRIENGLISH.com

 
We start with football, and David Beckham played for 45 minutes on his AC Milan debut as the Serie A giants beat Hamburg 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 friendly draw in Dubai.
The former England captain started the game in a Milan team that also featured Massimo Ambrosini and Andrea Pirlo.
Ronaldinho put the Rossoneri ahead with a 63rd-minute penalty, but Collin Benjamin equalised four minutes later.
Beckham joined Milan on loan from US side LA Galaxy in a bid to prove his fitness and regain his England place.
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And Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has hinted he is unlikely to do any major transfer deals in January.
The Spaniard is happy with his current squad, that has taken Liverpool to the top of the Premier League and the knockout stage of the Champions League.
Benitez's hand has been strengthened by the return to fitness of striker Fernando Torres and defenders Martin Skrtel, Fabio Aurelio and Alvaro Arbeloa.
Benitez is keen to keep his defensive resources together after it was confirmed Liverpool will lose impressive Argentine youngster Emiliano Insua until 8 February because he will be at the South American Under 20 Championships.
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Britain's Andy Murray started the defence of his Qatar Open title with a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Spain's Albert Montanes.
World number four Murray broke Montanes twice in the first set to take a 5-1 lead and clinched it on his fifth set point after saving four break points.
Murray went 4-0 up in the second and although Montanes rallied to make it 4-3 the Scot closed out the match.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer easily won their first-round matches.
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In baseball, Philadelphia pitcher JC Romero has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.
Romero's ban will be effective from the start of the 2009 regular season.
The reliever was part of the Phillies team which clinched the club's first World Series victory since 1980.
The left-hander claimed he used a supplement which had previously been approved by MLB and the Players' Association.
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And in American Football, the Saints quarter back Drew Brees has been named the Associated Press Offensive Player of Year.
Brees earned 22 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. That easily beat Peyton Manning, the NFL Most Valuable Player for the third time for Indianapolis, and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. They tied for second with nine votes each.

 
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