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Want to know why David Beckham isn’t fit just yet? Ask someone at Fashion Week

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Quick, somebody call Bruce Arena, because he’s going to want see this. It’ll give the Galaxy boss a good giggle.

Remember how much trouble Arena and the Galaxy had keeping David Beckham tethered to the team in Los Angeles? Becks was always jet-setting across the mighty pond for his next photo shoot, highfalutin wedding or touchy-feely testimonial for one of his former Manchester United mates or whatever.

Heck, he couldn’t even be bothered to come into training camp on time last year, preferring to remain abroad and train with some other team. I mean, it was a good team, Tottenham. But still.

It always seemed disrespectful, as if Galaxy and MLS were piddling distractions to Brand Beckham and all that it implies.

Arena and the Galaxy management always played nice in public, but you just know it drove Arena up the Home Depot Center wall. They may have understood that Beckham is Beckham and that his planet spins on a different axis, but the bottom line cannot be disputed: transcontinental travel rather than proper rest and training was bound to be unhelpful to the team’s competitive pursuits, at the very least.

Any-who, all of this is to say, Arena will surely have a little smile when he hears that Beckham, not PSG’s talented trouble child, is pulling the same mess with his new team.

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A day before PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed that Beckham’s fitness isn’t what it needs to be, we find out one reason why.

Beckham wasn’t even there working on it all weekend. Rather, he was in New York for Fashion Week.

Fashion Week!

The picture above is from the Victoria Beckham Show on Sunday. (He is seated next to Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.) This is from a story just posted on the The Los Angeles Times website:

Victoria Beckham, newly relocated from Los Angeles back to her home in London, presented her fall-winter 2013 fashion collection at the New York Public Library on Sunday morning. The crowd included her hunky hubbie David Beckham …

So, let me get this right. Beckham spent six years on the look-out for his next chance to get out of the States and back over to Europe. Now he can’t wait to get back into the United States!

Beckham has yet to train with his new club, this report  says.

West Ham extend Payet’s contract in “enormous show of faith”

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring while soap bubbles are blown during the English Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Newcastle at Boleyn Ground in London, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.

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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.

“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”

Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.

VIDEO: Dele Alli’s magnificent juggling goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon

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Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?

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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.

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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.

Watch Live: Guatemala vs. T&T; Canada vs. Guyana in Olympic qualifying

Canadian players wave to fans after a 2-1 loss to England in a quarterfinal of the Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Group B is set to kick off Thursday night at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, as Canada, third-place finishers at the 2012 Olympics, begin their quest to qualify for this summer’s games in Rio de Janeiro.

Guyana versus Trinidad and Tobago is up first (6 p.m. ET) from BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Tex, followed by the Canadians, who will take on Guyana (8:30 p.m. ET) in the nightcap.

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The U.S. women’s national began its Olympic qualifying campaign in impressive fashion on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over Costa Rica, while Mexico jumped to the top of Group A with a 6-0 victory over Puerto Rico.

Sunderland terminate Adam Johnson’s contract after guilty pleas in sex case

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson arrives at Bradford Crown Court, England, Wednesday Feb. 10, 2016. Johnson has pleaded guilty in court to one count of sexual activity with a child and another of grooming. The 28-year-old Johnson, who has made 12 appearances for England, denies two charges of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
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SUNDERLAND, England (AP) Sunderland has fired winger Adam Johnson after he pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl at the start of his trial.

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Johnson, who has played 12 times for England, continues to deny two further counts of sexual activity with a child.

Sunderland dismissed Johnson ahead of his trial resuming on Friday at Bradford Crown Court.

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In a statement, Sunderland announced Thursday that “in light of Adam Johnson’s guilty pleas, the club has today terminated his contract with immediate effect.”

The former Manchester City player joined Sunderland in 2012 for 10 million pounds (now about $14.5 million).