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Colts' Sanders has knee surgery


Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders, already out with a sprained right ankle, has had arthroscopic surgery on a knee. The NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season injured his ankle Sept. 14 at Minnesota and was initially expected to miss four to six weeks. Colts owner Jim Irsay said the recovery period for the sprain would likely be longer than that for the knee, so the surgery was scheduled during his absence. The team has not said which knee was operated on or the nature of the ailment.

Texans:: Houston will play its home opener against the Colts on Oct. 5 in hurricane-damaged Reliant Stadium with the roof open. The stadium's retractable roof lost five pieces in the storm, and officials said large pieces of debris had fallen into the stadium during Hurricane Ike. Officials expect that all eight of the Texans' home games this season will be played with the roof open.

Packers:: Cornerback Al Harris, who suffered a spleen injury in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, will be out "at least three to four weeks," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Redskins:: Right tackle Jon Jansen appears set to start tomorrow's game against the Cowboys after Stephon Heyer (Maryland) was limited in practice with a sprained shoulder.

No tears found in Bedard's shoulder


Surgery on the left shoulder of Seattle Mariners pitcher Erik Bedard revealed no tears in the labrum or rotator cuff. Dr. Lewis Yocum removed a cyst from Bedard's pitching shoulder and performed minor cutting away of tissue on the labrum.The former Oriole said last week that he believed there was a tear. Recovery time typically is six months. He was 6-4 this year with a 3.67 ERA.

Yankees:: Closer Mariano Rivera is considering whether to have offseason surgery on his sore right shoulder. General manager Brian Cashman said Rivera can pitch through the pain until the season is over. But over the winter, Rivera will need treatment or surgery for calcification of the AC joint on the top of his shoulder. Rivera is 6-5 with a 1.43 ERA and 38 saves in 39 chances.

Rays:: Outfielder Carl Crawford was activated from the DL after sitting out 11/2 months because of a finger injury that required surgery.

Maryland Million gets 152 pre-entries

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The Maryland Million, a card of 12 races scheduled for next Saturday at Laurel Park and featuring the offspring of Maryland sires, drew 152 horses as pre-entries. The Maryland Million includes the $300,000 Maryland Million Classic that could draw defending champion Evil Storm as well as multiple-stakes winners Five Steps and Cuba. The first post time is 12:15 p.m. The post-position draw for the Maryland Million is Wednesday. Hall of Fame riders Pat Day, Angel Cordero and Laffit Pincay will sign autographs from noon to 4 p.m on race day. BILL ORDINE

Curlin:: A Kentucky judge has ordered a sealed-bid sale of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin to settle a $42 million judgment against the minority owners. Kim leads Garcia at Tour Championship


Anthony Kim shot a 1-under-par 69 to take a two-shot lead over Sergio Garcia (65) in the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Phil Mickelson ran off five birdies over the last seven holes for a 68 that put him three shots back in the PGA event.

Navistar LPGA Classic: : Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight 5-under 67 to move within a stroke of leader Janice Moodie (67), who is 11-under overall, halfway through the tournament in Prattville, Ala.

Montoya loses pole for technical violation

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Less than an hour after Juan Pablo Montoya celebrated his first NASCAR Sprint Cup pole, it was taken away from him because of a technical violation. NASCAR spokesman Ramsey Poston said Montoya's fast lap in Kansas City, Kan., was disqualified because a post-qualifying inspection discovered his rear shock absorbers exceeded the maximum gas pressure allowed. That moved two-time reigning Cup champion Jimmie Johnson up to the pole, with Montoya's No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge moved to 42nd in the 43-car field for tomorrow's Camping World RV 400.

NBA:: Guard Jason Williams announced his retirement, ending his 10-year NBA career less than two months after signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. He averaged 11.4 points, 6.3 assists and shot 39.6 percent from the field.

Boxing:: Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, should be granted a presidential pardon for a racially motivated conviction 75 years ago that blemished his reputation and hurt his boxing career, the House recommended. In 1913, Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act, which outlawed the transportation of women across state lines for immoral purposes. Authorities had first unsuccessfully tried to charge Johnson over his relationship with a white woman who later became his wife. They then found another white woman who testified that Johnson had transported her across state lines in violation of the Mann Act.

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