BECKHAM INJURED: David Beckham could be sidelined up to six weeks after cracking a rib during England's 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Wales in which he scored a goal and drew a suspension for the next game.
The England captain on Monday will return to Real Madrid, his Spanish league club, rather than accompany his national team to Wednesday's qualifier in Azerbaijan.
Beckham was examined by Real Madrid's medical staff in England, and it was hoped he could take part in light training, the team said on its Web site Sunday. Real Madrid also was in touch with England's medical staff.
GOOD START TO TOUR: Cindy Parlow scored twice, and Mia Hamm added a goal and an assist to lead the U.S. women's national team over New Zealand 6-0 Sunday. The exhibition game was part of the team's "Fan Appreciation Tour" after winning Olympic gold this summer in Athens. After the 10-match tour, team mainstays Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett plan to retire from international play. Sunday's game drew a crowd of 18,806, the largest to watch the U.S. women play in 28 matches this year — including the Olympics. The United States is 4-0 on its tour, which continues Saturday against Mexico in Kansas City.
WOODS TAKING TIME: Tiger Woods always said he had to win a major for it to be considered a great year, but he might have found an exception last week when he got married in Barbados.
"As far as off the course, it is a great year," Woods said Sunday from his yacht, where he and new bride Elin Nordegren have been diving on their honeymoon since their marriage at Sandy Lane Resort in the Caribbean.
Sounding more relaxed than ever, Woods is in no hurry to resurface. His next tournament is supposed to be the Funai Classic at Disney, which starts Oct. 21 about 10 minutes away from his home in Florida, but Woods did not say whether he was going to play.
"I'm having so much fun on my honeymoon, I don't know if I'll be back or not," he said during a 30-minute conference call. "It depends on how much fun I'm having out here and whether I need to get back. It's so nice to be on the boat. We're diving every day, being by ourselves, away from everybody. It's a lot of fun."
ELWAY IN COURT: John Elway's Alaskan malamute, Kimo, has gotten his owner in trouble again. While Elway was being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, Kimo was exploring the streets of Elway's neighborhood. He has been cited at least six times for the family dog's escapades.
Elway appeared in court Thursday and was fined $200. He told the judge he was dog-sitting the 150-pound dog, who normally lives with his former wife, Janet.
Elway reportedly told the judge he would never dog-sit again, said Michelle Edwardson, a Cherry Hills animal control officer.
"I'm a football fan, and I'm an Elway fan," Edwardson said. "But I honestly believe in pet responsibility and everybody should be treated the same."
REPEAT WINNER IN CHICAGO: The marathon obviously agrees with Evans Rutto. Rutto is 3-for-3 in the grueling 26.2-mile distance, winning his second straight Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 16 seconds on Sunday. It was the second-fastest marathon time in the world this year. As he approached the finish line, Rutto raised his arms and pumped his fists, a broad smile crossing his face.
"I was feeling happy," the Kenyan said. "I was happy with the victory, so it's good for me. I was feeling very happy for me."