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BRIEFLY: Brewers hire Macha

Ken Macha was hired Thursday as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, taking over from Dale Sveum following the team's first postseason appearance since 1982.

Ken Macha was hired Thursday as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, taking over from Dale Sveum following the team's first postseason appearance since 1982.

The 58-year-old Macha, who managed Oakland to a pair of AL West titles, agreed to a two-year contract. He replaces Sveum, who became interim manager when Ned Yost was fired with 12 games left in the regular season.

"It means a tremendous amount to me," Macha said. "The players are the guys that go out there and win or lose the games for you, and I think the job of a manager and a coach is to get these players as prepared as you possibly can."

Macha led Oakland to a 368-260 record. He was fired two days after the Athletics were swept by Detroit in the 2006 AL championship series, a result that frustrated players.

"I think if you go back and talk to those players now, they might have a little bit of a different take," Macha said.

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Macha said he spoke with Sveum, who was dropped from consideration Oct. 17, and encouraged him to keep his dream of being a manager one day.

"I really feel that Dale will be a plus to this staff," Macha said. "I'm hoping that he stays."

Willie Randolph and Bob Brenly also were finalists for the job.

Milwaukee went 90-72 last season and won the wild-card berth on the final day. The Brewers then lost in four games to Philadelphia, the eventual World Series champs, in the first round of the playoffs.

Soccer

David Beckham will join AC Milan in January on a three-month loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy to maintain his fitness and prolong his career with the English national team.

The former England captain's stint in Serie A will begin Jan. 7, and he will rejoin his Galaxy teammates in March.

Milan vice president Adriano Galliani said an agreement was reached Thursday with Beckham's lawyers, although a contract is still to be written.

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The 33-year-old midfielder is eager to play in Europe during the MLS offseason to remain fit and available for selection for England, which plays an exhibition at Germany on Nov. 19 before World Cup 2010 qualifying resumes in March.

golf

Nick Price made a 25-foot putt on the 18th hole to pull even with David Eger at 6-under-par 66 atop the leaderboard Thursday in the opening round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, Calif.

Battling intermittent rains that are expected to get a whole lot worse on the weekend, Price and Eger took a one-stroke lead over Mike Goodes in the Champions Tour's season-ending event.

Tom Kite, who played a bogey-free round along with Price, and Andy Bean are two shots back in the $2.5 million tournament, which also decides the tour's season-long Schwab Cup points competition.

Price also is out of contention for the Schwab Cup and its $1 million annuity after playing just a part-time Champions Tour schedule.

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