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David Beckham to leave LA Galaxy after MLS cup; Snoop Dogg sniffs at Celtic FC (Updated)

Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Western Conference Championship - Leg 2

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David Beckham #23 of the Los Angeles Galaxy battles Brad Evans #3 of the Seattle Sounders FC during Leg 2 of the Western Conference Championship at CenturyLink Field on November 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Galaxy defeated the Sounders 2-1, winning the aggregate playoff 4-2.

Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Western Conference Championship - Leg 2

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Members of the Los Angeles Galaxy celebrate after defeating the Seattle Sounders 2-1, winning the aggregate playoff 4-2 during Leg 2 of the Western Conference Championship at CenturyLink Field on November 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

Los Angeles Galaxy v Seattle Sounders - Western Conference Championship - Leg 2

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Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy hoists the Western Conference Championship trophy after defeating the Seattle Sounders FC 2-1, winning the aggregate playoff 4-2 during Leg 2 of the Western Conference Championship at CenturyLink Field on November 18, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

"Reincarnated" Premiere - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

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Rapper Snoop Lion attends "Reincarnated" premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 7, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

adidas Originals By Originals David Beckham By James Bond Collection Launch

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Musician Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) attends the adidas Originals By Originals David Beckham By James Bond Collection Launch on September 30, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Scottish Premier League - Celtic v Dundee

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Celtic fans display a banner during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Dundee on September 22, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premier League - Celtic v Dundee

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Celtic fans display a banner during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Dundee on September 22, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.


As the L.A. Galaxy heads to the MLS Cup for the second year in a row, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion) tells a Scottish newspaper that he's interested in Celtic F.C. investment opportunities and would look to sign his pal David Beckham.

First, the final. The Galaxy lost a Sunday night showdown in Seattle but won the aggregate victory over the Sounders in the Western Conference Finals. The L.A. team will defend its title when it faces Houston again.

KPCC's Ashley Bailey spoke with the voice of the L.A. Galaxy — broadcaster Joe Tutino — who said he expects the rematch to be a challenge, and that he wouldn't be surprised if tickets for the Dec. 1 MLS cup are sold out by Thanksgiving. 

"I don't think this is going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. You know, Landon Donovan has been dealing with a hamstring, Edson Buddel’s had some knee issues, David [Beckham] has been dealing with some ankle issues so this team is walking wounded right now, so hopefully they’ll be all healed and ready to go.”

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It's always sunny in Pasadena: A quiet real estate rise in the City of Roses

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The giant MLS in the sky has been shining brightly on the City of Roses, revealing an interesting truth about the real estate market in Pasadena.

Just outside of Los Angeles County, where home prices dropped about ten percent from 2010-2011, there's a realm of real estate that's reportedly on the rise.

Offering small-town conveniences and big city cultural outposts, the "charming refuge 20 miles from Beverly Hills" gives city folk a still-commutable "escape from clamor," all without sacrificing unique architecture, The Hollywood Reporter details in a recent magazine piece.

The median price of houses sold in the wealthy 91105 and 91106 Zip codes rose from $888,500 in 2010 to $907,165 in 2011. "Despite the general market decline, here it's remained pretty strong -- if anything, we're lacking in good inventory," says Ted Clark, a broker at Deasy/Penner & Partners.

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