BaseballSURGERY FOR ALOU: Houston Astros outfielder Moises Alou underwent surgery Wednesday to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will begin a five to six-month recovery period.

CABLEVISION EYES METS: After failing in his attempts to buy into the New York Yankees last year, Cablevision CEO Charles Dolan is reportedly negotiating to buy the Mets, according to published reports Thursday.

Dolan is offering about the same amount of money -- believed to be $500 million to $600 million.


LIONS SIGN FREROTTE: Gus Frerotte, a free-agent quarterback who spent the past five seasons with the Washington Redskins, signed with the Detroit Lions on Wednesday as a backup to Charlie Batch.


NUGGETS SIGN HERRERA: The Denver Nuggets signed forward Carl Herrera three days after he was waived by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He will take the roster spot vacated by rookie Raef LeFrentz, who tore a ligament in his left knee last week.

POLYNICE FINED: Seattle SuperSonics center Olden Polynice was fined $5,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture at fans after a game in Sacramento. Polynice, who left Sacramento to sign with the Sonics at the start of the season, was booed throughout Monday night's victory over the Kings.


FEDOROV SUSPENDED: Detroit Red Wings forward Sergei Fedorov was suspended for five games without pay for slashing the New York Islanders' Zdeno Chara during Saturday's game. Fedorov will lose $386,178 in pay and will be eligible to return March 17 against Phoenix.

HULL ON I.L.: The Dallas Stars put Brett Hull on the injured reserve list, and the right winger is expected to miss two weeks with a hamstring strain. Hull pulled the hamstring in the Stars' 2-1 loss to Nashville on Feb. 24.

LEMIEUX WANTS TO BUY PENGUINS: Former Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux said he expects to submit a plan to buy the team, keep it in Pittsburgh and collect the $31.4 million he said he is owed.


COPENHAGEN OPEN: At Copenhagen, Denmark, Marc Rosset beat Guillermo Canas 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of the Copenhagen Open.

In second round matches, No. 4 Fabrice Santoro routed Stefan Koubek 6-1, 6-2, and Rainer Schuttler beat Bernd Karbacher 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), to become the first players to reach the quarterfinals.

FRANKLIN TEMPLETON CLASSIC: At Scottsdale, Ariz., third-seeded Andre Agassi breezed past Mariano Zabaleta 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic for the fourth time.

In the other matches, No. 6 Cedric Pioline beat Andrew Ilie 6-1, 6-2; qualifier Lleyton Hewitt defeated two-time U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter 7-6 (7-5), 6-1; and Jerome Golmard advanced when Nicolas Lapentti sprained an ankle and retired leading 5-3.


SENIOR SLAM: Gil Morgan shot a 7-under-par 65 on and beat Hale Irwin by two strokes in the made-for-TV Senior Slam golf exhibition in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Morgan, who won the event by six strokes last year, completed the two rounds at 12-under-par 132. Irwin, the first-day leader by two shots, managed a 69 to finish at 134. Larry Nelson (71) and Jay Sigel (66) finished at 139.