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Pro Football

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings backup linebacker Erin Henderson was suspended for four games Tuesday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The suspension covers Minnesota's final three regular-season games and first playoff game. The NFL does not specify the substances for which players test positive.

A message was left seeking comment from Henderson's agent, Brian Mackler.

The Vikings were off Tuesday and unavailable for comment.

Henderson is the younger brother of fellow linebacker E.J. Henderson, who broke his left leg Dec. 6 and is out indefinitely.

Erin Henderson has been active for only two games this season, including Sunday's win over Cincinnati. He has played primarily on special teams since signing with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and had two special teams tackles against the Bengals.

The Vikings have had several run-ins with the league for alleged violations of its performance-enhancing drugs policy. In 2007, defensive end Ray Edwards was suspended for four games.

Women's Basketball

BATON ROUGE, La. — LSU junior guard Taylor Booze will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the Lady Tigers' win over New Orleans.

Coach Van Chancellor said Tuesday that Dr. Brent Bankston, the team's physician, will perform the surgery to repair the injury sometime after the Christmas break.

Booze, a native of Carrollton, Texas, was injured late in the second half against New Orleans. She averaged 2.4 points and 12 minutes over five games. Booze came to LSU after playing her sophomore season at Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College and her freshman season at Oklahoma State.


NEW YORK — The blockbuster trade sending Roy Halladay to Philadelphia and Cliff Lee to Seattle could be completed today, and it's become a four-team swap that involves Toronto shipping a prospect to Oakland.

Halladay would receive a $60 million, three-year contract extension through 2013 with the Phillies, a deal that would include a 2014 option.

Details of the nine players involved in the swap of Cy Young Award winners, first reported by and, were confirmed by several baseball officials familiar with the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade was not yet final.

LOS ANGELES — An ownership dispute between Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife will linger through at least a third of the 2010 season after a judge on Tuesday set a hearing for late May.

McCourt, mired in a bitter divorce with wife Jamie, had wanted the ownership issue decided by spring training.

The case has been cited as a distraction for the storied franchise at a time when the free agent market is heating up.

The hearing was cordial but contentious, with both sides lobbing accusations in legal and baseball parlance.

Dennis Wasser, Jamie McCourt's attorney, complained that the proper documents to determine Frank McCourt's income and wealth hadn't been turned over.

"There's been game-playing in this case, and it's not baseball," Wasser said. "It's hide-and-seek."

He accused Frank McCourt of crying poverty and contracting a fictional illness, "RAIDS — Recently Acquired Income Deficiency Syndrome."

Youth Football

NEW YORK — USA Football, the sport's national governing body on youth and amateur levels, will make concussion information a point of emphasis to coaches and league commissioners in 2010.

The organization also will launch annual studies into youth football injury rates, with a heavy emphasis on concussions.

In April, USA Football will add for the first time to its online coaching education course information on concussions. While the organization can't mandate that coaches take the course, individual youth leagues can and 26,000 coaches have taken the course since May 2008.

Such information also will become available at the nearly 40 coaching schools USA Football conducts each year, and at a variety of regional information-sharing sessions.

Pro Basketball

MIAMI — Heat point guard Mario Chalmers was not in Miami's starting lineup Tuesday night against the Toronto Raptors, marking the first time he has come off the bench in his young career.

The team did not specify a reason for the benching. Chalmers, the hero of Kansas' run to the 2008 NCAA championship, was in uniform and on the active roster. Carlos Arroyo started in is place.

Chalmers had started 104 straight regular-season games since joining the Heat, plus all seven of Miami's playoff games last spring.

Chalmers entered Tuesday averaging 9.5 points and 4.0 assists this season.


LOS ANGELES — An Illinois insurance executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to secretly shooting nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who repeatedly called her stalker a sexual predator in court and said she hopes he "never sees the light of day."

Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty to interstate stalking after Andrews urged the judge to give him a harsh sentence and not allow him out on bail.

"His actions have had a devastating impact on me and family," said Andrews, who attended the hearing with her father and attorney.

She said she is constantly reminded that Barrett's videos appeared online, subjecting her to cruel taunts from sports fans while working as a sideline reporter.

"I don't know him," she said. "I haven't met him. I hope he never sees the light of day."

U.S. District Judge Manuel Real allowed Barrett to remain free pending sentencing on Feb. 22.

A plea deal filed last week says prosecutors and Barrett agreed to a 27-month prison sentence. But the judge will decide how long he actually serves and how much restitution he will have to pay Andrews.

Her attorney Marshall Grossman said Andrews did not agree to the sentence outlined in the plea bargain and will address the court again before Barrett's punishment is ordered.

Men's Basketball

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas basketball program has reported an NCAA secondary violation concerning images of its athletes in a magazine.

The athletic department said Tuesday it reported the violation to the Southeastern Conference. The school said no player's eligibility has been affected.

The school said its self-report was over "tag lines used to accompany photos of student-athletes, referencing local businesses," and that nobody in the athletic department approved of or had prior knowledge of non-editorial use of the players' images.

Pro Basketball

CLEVELAND — Delonte West is back on the bench for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

West, who has been in and out of the lineup this season while dealing with personal issues, was listed as inactive for the Cavaliers' game against New Jersey on Tuesday night.

West has played in 16 of Cleveland's 24 games this season, averaging 6.1 points and 3.1 assists in 20 minutes. He had played in nine consecutive games before Tuesday.

West has battled bipolar disorder and was arrested over the summer on weapons possession charges in Maryland. The case is still pending.

College Track

DES MOINES, Iowa — Drake University will host the NCAA Track and Field Championships in 2011 and 2012.

The NCAA made the announcement Tuesday and awarded the 2013 and 2014 championships to the University of Oregon in Eugene.

The championships were also held at Drake Stadium in 1970 and 2008. Organizers credited a $15 million renovation to Drake Stadium completed five years ago.


CALGARY, Alberta — Jayna Hefford had two goals to help the Canadian women's team beat the United States 6-2 in an exhibition game on Tuesday night.

Caroline Ouellette had a goal and three assists and Meghan Agosta finished with two assists for Canada. Shannon Szabados had 20 saves.

Meghan Duggan and Monique Lamoureux scored for the U.S., which fell to 0-4 against Canada in a six-game exhibition series between the countries leading up to the Vancouver Olympics. Molly Schaus stopped 24 shots in the loss.

The series concludes with games Dec. 30 in St. Paul, Minn., and Jan. 1 in Ottawa.

"It doesn't feel good not winning," U.S. captain Natalie Darwitz said. "There's a confidence issue and confidence factor that goes into winning, team-wise and individual-wise.

"It would be nice to win one of these games, but at the same time, it's a process. The end of February is when it counts the most."

The Americans will reveal their Olympic roster Thursday and Canada is expected to do so before their players take a holiday break next Tuesday. Each team will release two skaters to get to their 21-player rosters.

— The Associated Press

Lamoureux's power-play tally at 4:44 in the second gave the U.S. a 2-1 lead but that was it for the Americans.

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