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JOHNSON REJOINS LOBOS: New Mexico forward Aaron Johnson, suspended since September for hitting police officers after a bar fight, rejoined the team Friday with coach Ritchie McKay satisfied he won't cause any more trouble.

"Thank goodness for second chances. My Christmas came early," Johnson said. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor resisting and assaulting police. He was sentenced to 364 days of unsupervised probation and a judge ordered him to stay away from bars and alcohol for one year.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Johnson wasn't eligible to play this season after transferring from Penn State, where he led the Big 10 last season with a 9.9 rebounding average. He can play for the Lobos as a senior in 2006-07.

'ZAG FORWARD OUT: Gonzaga forward Josh Heytvelt will have surgery on his broken left ankle on Monday and will likely miss the rest of the season. The 6-foot-11 redshirt freshman broke his left ankle while scrambling for a loose ball Wednesday night in No. 8 Gonzaga's 65-63 loss to Connecticut in the championship game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Results of X-rays showed the ankle was broken. Heytvelt will probably spend six weeks in a cast, followed by another six to eight weeks before he is able to put weight on the ankle, coach Mark Few said Friday.

Auto racing

NEW F1 OWNERS: A British investment group bought a controlling stake in Formula One on Friday in a move that is not expected to change the way the racing series operates on the track. The price of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, was not disclosed.

CVC Capital Partners Ltd. said it planned to keep Bernie Ecclestone, the longtime commercial head of Formula One, as chief executive. Ecclestone, a 75-year-old billionaire, has been with Formula One for 26 years.

"We are delighted to have CVC as a shareholder whose long-term strategies and vision will provide the stability for teams, promoters and manufacturers," he said.

The group said it formed a new entity, Alpha Prema, which will assume 73 percent of Formula One and majority control.

Hockey

JACKETS MOVES: The Columbus Blue Jackets recalled defenseman Aaron Johnson, center Mike Rupp and right wing Jaroslav Balastik from their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse on Friday and signed center Geoff Platt to a multiyear contract.

Skiing

FRENCHMAN INJURED: France's Claude Cretier injured his neck and sustained a concussion in a crash during a downhill training session in Alberta, Canada, on Friday and was taken to hospital in Banff for observation.

BODE TARGETED?: Overall World Cup champion Bode Miller said Friday he being targeted for more doping tests since suggesting last month that regulations on banned substances be liberalized. After telling reporters that he felt doping should be legalized — or at least the accepted levels of banned substances should be increased — Miller said he was required to submit to drug tests on three consecutive weekends.