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England's David Beckham warms up before kick off against Egypt during an International friendly at Wembley Stadium in London, on March 3, 2010 . AFP PHOTO/Ian Kington (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/Getty Images) (IAN KINGTON)
England's David Beckham warms up before kick off against Egypt during an International friendly at Wembley Stadium in London, on March 3, 2010 . AFP PHOTO/Ian Kington (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/Getty Images) (IAN KINGTON)

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Long-awaited return

The Champions League knockout round showdown between Manchester United and AC Milan on Wednesday could be seen as anticlimactic following the English side's 3-2 road triumph last month. It'll be tough, if not impossible, for the Rossoneri to overcome the disadvantage brought on by surrendering three goals at home. But that'll all be overshadowed once David Beckham steps onto the Old Trafford turf. Now with Milan, the former English captain and United midfielder is finally set to return to the grounds in which he became a star. As is always the case on and off the pitch, Beckham will be the focus of all the attention, and even he admits the ultimate goal, a passage to the Champions quarter-finals, will be "difficult."

Can the Clan conquer again ?

The Simon Fraser University Clan are looking to go out winners. The women's basketball program at the B.C. school is set to flee Canadian Interuniversity Sport for the National Collegiate Athletic Association next season. And there's little doubt that the Clan are the prohibitive favourites to defend their title this weekend at McMaster University in Hamilton. The Clan dominated in a 92-62 win over the No.4-ranked University of Regina Cougars on Saturday night in the Canada West Championship, which was also a rematch of the 2009 CIS final. The Clan aim to capture their fourth Bronze Baby in the past six years on their way out the door.

Orange crush

The Syracuse Orange's stay atop the NCAA men's basketball poll will end today after a single week. The Orange continue to be baffled by Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals, who beat Syracuse for a sixth consecutive time on Saturday. It was just Syracuse's third loss of the season, keeping them with a strong claim for a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Big East tournament this week promises to be both a stiff test for the Orange, led by Canadian national team member Andy Rautins and probable NBA top-five draft pick Wesley Johnson. It's also a perfect March Madness warmup. The powerhouse conference could send eight or more teams to the NCAAs.

Where's Tiger?

Forty-eight of the top 50 ranked players in the world are set to compete in the CA Championship at Doral Golf Resort & Spa near Miami this week. Japanese teen star Ryo Ishikawa, ranked No.37, has an excuse to skip the tournament - he's graduating from high school todayMonday. The other absence? Tiger Woods. This is one of the events pegged as a possible location for Woods's return. After all, he's won on Doral's Blue Monster course three times in his career. The focus now shifts to Arnold Palmer's tournament at Bay Hill in two weeks, with the Masters looming in the not-so-distant future.

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