CARRINGTON, England - Alex Ferguson is looking forward to a retired life of luxury holidays, watching horse racing, enjoying good wines and perhaps studying languages.
Before that, though, there's one final challenge to overcome — beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday in his 1,500th and last game as Manchester United manager.
"One thousand five hundred matches — it's quite incredible," Ferguson said Friday, shaking his head in wonder at his own longevity.
PARIS - Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants David Beckham to carry on working with the club after his retirement and is hopeful of reaching an agreement with the former England captain within the next two weeks.
The 38-year-old midfielder announced Thursday that he will retire from football after PSG's last game of the season. The big-spending club remains hopeful he will have a part to play in PSG's future, possibly in an ambassadorial role.
LONDON - David Beckham is retiring from soccer, ending a career in which he transcended the sport with forays into fashion and a marriage to a pop star that made him a global celebrity.
The 38-year-old former England captain, who recently won a league title in a fourth country with Paris Saint-Germain, said Thursday he will retire after the season.
TORONTO - Toronto FC acquired forward Bobby Convey from Sporting Kansas City on Thursday for a third-round pick in next year's MLS SuperDraft.
The 29-year-old Convey was acquired by Sporting KC from the San Jose Earthquakes in December 2011. He appeared in 20 MLS matches for the club, scoring one goal and making two assists.
Convey began his MLS career with DC United, and helped English club Reading secure promotion to the English Premier League in 2006.
AMSTERDAM - Branislav Ivanovic rose to head home an injury time winner as Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1 in the Europa League final on Wednesday, securing the club's second European title in as many seasons.
WASHINGTON - D.C. United defender Robbie Russell has retired after a 13-year career in Major League Soccer and in Europe, and will study medicine at Georgetown University.
The 33-year-old Russell scored one goal in 20 appearances with United, which announced his plans Wednesday.
He played in 98 games over six seasons in MLS and was a member of the 2009 league champions, Real Salt Lake.
Russell also played in Iceland, Norway and Denmark.
LONDON - England defender Rio Ferdinand has retired from international football to focus on his Manchester United career.
Ferdinand was recalled to the England squad in March by Roy Hodgson after almost two years out of the national set up.
But Ferdinand provoked the fury of fans by withdrawing from the squad citing fitness concerns only to fly to the Middle East to commentate on the World Cup qualifiers.
LONDON - The Premier League could go into extra time.
After the final round of matches on Sunday, Arsenal and Chelsea could have to contest a playoff to determine who finishes third and claims an automatic Champions League qualification place.
Chelsea currently has a two-point lead over Arsenal. But if Arsenal beats Newcastle 2-1 and Chelsea draws 0-0 with Everton on Sunday, the teams would be level on points and have the same number of goals scored and conceded.
A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.
Police in Lincoln City, Ore., said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a hospital. The driver has not been charged.
A Seattle man trying to dribble a soccer ball 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) to Brazil in time for the 2014 World Cup died Tuesday after being hit by a pickup truck on the Oregon Coast.
Police in Lincoln City, Oregon, said 42-year-old Richard Swanson was hit at about 10 a.m. while walking south along U.S. Highway 101 near the city limits. He was declared dead at a local hospital. The driver has not been charged.