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FORSBERG HAS SURGERY: Peter Forsberg had surgery on his left foot and will miss the Winter Olympics and the rest of the NHL season, shocking Colorado Avalanche teammates and coaches who expected him to rejoin the team within days.

Forsberg will be out for at least four months after the sheath around the tendons ruptured.

BURE INJURED: Florida Panthers star Pavel Bure will miss at least several weeks because of a broken left hand, putting his chances of playing in the Winter Olympics in jeopardy.

PRIMEAU OUT FOR SEASON: Pittsburgh Penguins center Wayne Primeau will miss the rest of the season after having reconstructive surgery on his left knee. He was hurt in a game last Sunday.


HEARST WINS AWARD: Running back Garrison Hearst of the San Francisco 49ers won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.


NEW ZEALAND OPEN:Tiger Woods had a 1-over 143 total to fall eight strokes behind New Zealand Open second-round leaders James McLean and Stephen Leaney, both from Australia. McLean, the 1998 NCAA champion for the University of Minnesota, shot a 70, and Leaney had a 67.

SONY OPEN: Kenny Perry birdied two of his last three holes for a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead with Chris Riley in the Sony Open, the first full-field PGA Tour event this year.

Jerry Kelly, Jesper Parnevik and John Cook were another stroke back, while Cameron Beckman was among those at 67 as the trade winds gusted to 30 mph on the Waialae Country Club course.

SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: Sweden's Carl Pettersson shot an 8-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the South African Open.

Scotland's Alistair Forsythe and England's Andrew Butterfield were two strokes back along with South Africans James Kingston, Des Terblanche and Ashley Roestoff. U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa opened with a 67, and Ernie Els shot a 73.


TWINS OWNERSHIP: Donald Watkins met with baseball officials and was given the go-ahead to contact the Minnesota Twins about making an offer to buy the team.

Twins owner Carl Pohlad is willing to have his franchise folded as part of commissioner Bud Selig's contraction plan.

Watkins would like to save the Twins by purchasing the team. He would be the first black controlling owner in major league history.

WELLS BACK WITH YANKEES: Back at Yankee Stadium where he once was popular, productive and even perfect, David Wells was on hand as the New York Yankees formally announced his signing to a $7 million, two-year contract.


VARGAS TO FIGHT DE LA HOYA: Oscar De La Hoya and Fernando Vargas will meet in a 12-round bout May 4 at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas for the WBC and WBA super welterweight championships.