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Dislocated toes to end E.J. Henderson's season


Minnesota Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson will miss the rest of the season after being placed on injured reserve because of dislocated toes on his left foot. Team officials confirmed the move yesterday before the Vikings' game against the New Orleans Saints. They said Henderson (Maryland) traveled to Baltimore and had successful surgery at the Institute for Foot & Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center. Henderson was injured during the Vikings' loss at Tennessee on Sept. 28. He returned to the game, but the severity of the injury became more apparent during the past week.

Cardinals: : Quarterback Kurt Warner says that after this season he will take his closest look yet at retiring from the NFL. The scary injury to teammate Anquan Boldin, combined with other factors, has led Warner, 37, to give more serious consideration to leaving the game. "I'm definitely considering retirement more than I ever have before," the quarterback said, "but that doesn't mean it's more than 50 percent or anything like that. I'm just going to consider it." Boldin, injured in a head-to-head hit, remains sidelined with a fractured sinus.

Bengals: : Coach Marvin Lewis said the team's worst start in six years hasn't diminished his commitment to getting it turned around. A 31-22 loss at Dallas left Lewis' team at the bottom of the league, the only one with an 0-5 record. It's a major slip from 2005, when Lewis, a former Ravens defensive coordinator, led Cincinnati to its only winning record and playoff appearance since 1991.

Eagles:: All-Pro running back Brian Westbrook broke two ribs early in Sunday's loss to the Redskins and his availability for this weekend's game against the 49ers is unknown, coach Andy Reid said.

Bills:: Quarterback Trent Edwards was described as alert but still experiencing post-concussion symptoms, leaving his status uncertain as the team enters its bye week. Coach Dick Jauron said it was too early to say whether Edwards would be ready to play when Buffalo hosts San Diego on Oct. 19.

Giants: : An unapologetic Plaxico Burress rejoined the team, noting he didn't lose any sleep being suspended for New York's 44-6 win over Seattle on Sunday because he missed a team meeting without contacting the Giants. The wide receiver attributed his absence Sept. 22 to a family emergency, which he described as having to take his son to school.

Jurisprudence: : Former Broncos running back Travis Henry's trial for an alleged cocaine deal will take place in Montana after a U.S. magistrate judge ordered the case moved from Denver. The judge also set bail for Henry at $400,000. He faces one count of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Et cetera: : Chiefs coach Herm Edwards confirmed that Brodie Croyle will return as the starting quarterback. Croyle suffered a separated shoulder Sept. 7. ... Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss practice again this week with a sprained right shoulder but is expected to play next weekend at Seattle. ... Jets safety Eric Smith appealed his one-game suspension and $50,000 fine by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit last week on Arizona's Boldin.

Report: AT&T; could move to Pa. in 2010, 2011


The AT&T; National, the PGA Tour event hosted by Tiger Woods for the past two years at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, could be played at the Aronimink Golf Club in the Philadelphia suburbs in 2010 and 2011 if its members approve, The Washington Post reported on its Web site. Congressional, which is hosting the tournament in 2009 for the third straight year, will renovate its greens in 2010 before hosting the 2011 U.S. Open and will not be available for Woods' event either year. ... Seve Ballesteros, 51, a winner of three British Opens and two Masters, was admitted to a Spain hospital after feeling dizzy and fainting. He was undergoing diagnostic tests, the hospital said.

New rule would keep U.S. from hosting '18 Cup


FIFA president Sepp Blatter will propose new World Cup bidding rules that would dash the hopes of the United States to host the 2018 tournament. Blatter said yesterday that he wants to avoid the World Cup staying in the Americas after Brazil stages it in 2014. He said there were enough strong candidates to organize the world's biggest sports event in 2018 that some countries should be spilled over into the 2022 bidding process. The competition will go to Africa for the first time in 2010 when South Africa is the host. ... David Beckham will miss the Los Angeles Galaxy's final road game of the season Oct. 18 at Houston because of a mandatory one-game suspension for earning his fifth yellow card, which he received Saturday.

Horse racing: : Curlin ran a half mile in 52.80 seconds in his first official workout on Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface. Curlin, thoroughbred racing's all-time money-winning horse, is under consideration to defend his title in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita, depending on how he adapts to the new Pro-Ride surface. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown might run in the Classic.

Cycling: : Italian Leonardo Piepoli twice tested positive for an advanced blood booster during this year's Tour de France, officials said, and German cyclist Stefan Schumacher's team suspended him for suspected use of the same substance. The two became the second and third riders to test positive for CERA, an advanced version of the blood booster EPO, at this summer's Tour.

Tennis: : Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt will make his comeback from hip surgery at the Sydney International tournament in January ahead of the Australian Open. Hewitt said his recuperation from an operation after the Beijing Olympics is going well.

Baseball: : Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks had surgery to repair a cartilage tear in his left knee and is expected to be ready for spring training. Weeks was injured Saturday in the National League Division Series against the Phillies when he jammed his knee running out a grounder and got tangled up with first baseman Ryan Howard. ... Astros pitcher Brandon Backe was among 10 people arrested during a brawl with police at a weekend wedding reception in Galveston, Texas.

Television:: The new Women's Professional Soccer league that launches next year will have a live Sunday night broadcast each week on the Fox Soccer Channel. The deal runs through the 2011 season and includes a 2012 option for both sides.

Auto racing:: Denny Hamlin was released from the hospital, a day after a tire failure led to a crash at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. He complained of a headache and possibly had a concussion after the crash Sunday.

Hockey:: Hurricanes forward Scott Walker is expected to miss six weeks after surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left hand. ... The Canucks traded defenseman Lukas Krajicek and a minor league forward to the Lightning for defenseman Shane O'Brien and right wing Michel Ouellet. ... The Capitals have sent 2007 first-round draft pick Karl Alzner and Chris Bourque, son of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, to Hershey of the American Hockey League.

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