Here is a look at the life and career of former England captain David Beckham who announced his retirement on Thursday.
David Beckham's easy charm and image as a family man will ensure the brand built up by Britain's richest sportsman prosper long after the end of his playing days.
Even as he announced his retirement at the age of 38, four years after his 115th and last cap, David Beckham probably scoured Roy Hodgson's latest England squad for his name, proudly and defiantly "available for selection" to the end.
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona insulted reporters and kicked a photographer after arriving home in Buenos Aires on a visit from Dubai, where he works as a sports ambassador.
Ten years after she shocked table tennis world by reaching the last eight at the 2003 Paris worlds at the age of 14, Japan's Fukuhara Ai finds that she will face the same situation again at the Bercy Arena.
Austrian star Werner Schlager on Wednesday said he would participate in the upcoming World Table Tennis Championships in Paris next Monday.
Former Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming arrived in Manila Saturday evening for friendship games at the invitation of the Philippine Sports Commssion.
American boxing star Floyd Mayweather says neither jail time nor ring rust from a one-year layoff will diminish him this week when he returns against compatriot Robert Guerrero.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Robin van Persie's equalizer for Manchester United on his return to the Emirates Stadium had left the fans of his former club nursing feelings of "disappointed love".
Liverpool's Luis Suarez was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League match on Sunday.
Chinese figure skating fans will be treated to the annual gala － Artistry On Ice － in June. A few months later, Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, will have a special treat of their own when they become parents.
Kobe Bryant had surgery on Saturday on his torn Achilles' tendon, ending his season with two games left in the Los Angeles Lakers' playoff chase.