Sports briefs: Beckham's MLS debut waits

After all of the hype and several prelude matches, Saturday was supposed to be the day David Beckham played a meaningful match for the Los Angeles Galaxy. But his cranky left ankle will likely keep the British midfielder from making his MLS debut vs. Toronto FC. “The chances are probably slim,” Galaxy coach Frank Yallop said of Beckham playing.

Believing again begins with Jazz

The path has been laid out — and it has an interesting beginning. Baron Davis and the Warriors will open the season at home Oct. 30 against the Utah Jazz, who eliminated them from the playoffs in May. In the fifth game of the season, MVP Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are in town and will look to exact some sort of revenge for the playoff upset.

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