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LINDROS ON INJURED LIST: Eric Lindros, sidelined by the seventh concussion of his NHL career, was placed on injured reserve by the New York Rangers after being examined by a neurologist.


PRO BOWL TEAMS NAMED: Tom Brady made it to the Pro Bowl. So did three members of the Carolina Panthers, a team with one win. And so did Garrison Hearst, who came back from an ankle injury that sidelined him for two years and seemed to have ended his career.

The Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers led each conference with six players apiece. Atlanta and Cincinnati were the only team without Pro Bowlers. The game is in Honolulu on Feb. 9.

RAIDER STARTS SUSPENSION: Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Darrell Russell cleaned out his locker and began serving a one-year drug suspension after the NFL turned down his appeal.

Russell, who tested positive for the club drug ecstasy, won't be eligible to play again until Jan. 2, 2003.


REYNA INJURED: U.S. soccer captain Claudio Reyna will be sidelined for up to six weeks after bruising his left ankle in Sunderland's 1-1 tie Tuesday.

AUSTRALIAN HARDCOURT MEN: Unseeded Todd Martin upset the second-seeded Pete Sampras 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Australian men's hardcourt championships.

Mark Philippoussis, playing his first match in six months, appeared to be fully recovered from knee surgery. He beat Julien Boutter of France 6-3, 6-4.

Also, top seed Tim Henman of Britain advanced when Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark retired with a shoulder injury. French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu beat Andrew Ilie of Australia 6-3, 6-1. Fourth-seeded Hicham Arazi of Morocco beat Michel Kratochvil of Switzerland 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (3).

QATAR OPEN: Radek Stepanek, a qualifier from the Czech Republic, upset second-seeded Goran Ivanisevic 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open.

Top-seeded Yevgeny Kafelnikov survived a scare before beating Nikolay Davydenko 6-7, (4-7), 6-4, 6-4. Rainer Schuettler beat Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-4 and eighth-seeded Felix Mantilla beat qualifier Oleg Ogorodov 7-6 (7-0), 6-4.

AUSTRALIAN HARDCOURT WOMEN: Top seed Venus Williams beat Switzerland's Patty Schnyder 6-0, 6-4 on a sweltering day at the Australian women's hardcourt tennis championships.

Officials were forced to delay some matches as temperatures reached 104 degrees.

German qualifier Anca Barna beat Australian Nicole Pratt 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, and fifth-seeded Silvia Farina-Elia beat South Korean qualifier Cho Yoon-jeong 7-6 (5) 4-6, 6-3.

HOPMAN CUP: Italians Francesa Schiavone and David Sanguinette beat their highly favored American opponents at the Hopman Cup mixed team tournament.

Schiavone overcame a hamstring injury to upset Monica Seles 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Sanguinette beat Jan Michael Gambill 7-6 (1), 6-3. The top-seeded Americans and Italy both are 1-1 in Group A.

Lleyton Hewitt, the world's No. 1-ranked player was undergoing tests to determine whether he has chicken pox.