From the Back Pages, December 12: Miami Beckham United: Could this be the name of Becks’ new MLS franchise?

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David Beckham’s Major League Soccer franchise plans could be nearing completion. MirrorSport reported earlier this month that Becks was keen to establish his new Miami team before the end of the year, in order to avoid paying an extra £40million. (The Mirror)

Luis Suarez extended his lead at the top of the Premier League goal scoring charts today after he was awarded a second goal in Liverpool’s recent match against West Ham. (The Independent)

Hull have formally applied to the Football Association to change their playing name to Hull Tigers from next season. The move, which is being opposed by a group of fans, has been prompted by the owner Assem Allam, who believes the new name would be more commercially successful. (The Guardian)

Mourinho guides Chelsea into last 16: Chelsea progress to knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners following 1-0 defeat of Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge. (The Telegraph)

Neymar runs riot at the Nou Camp with 13-minute hat trick as Bhoys slump to heaviest ever European defeat. (Daily Mail)

NAPOLI boss Rafa Benitez got the better of Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as Napoli secured a 1-0 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday but it wasn’t enough to get them into the knock-out stages of the Champions League. (The Express)

“Taking the positives” has become one of the most tired clichés of a defeated sportsman’s interview. Matt Prior was honest enough to reject that phrase yesterday and admit that if England are going to redeem themselves in this Ashes series they need to be “brutally honest” about their failings. (The Times)