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U.S. forward Davies nearly ready to train

SOCHAUX, France — American forward Charlie Davies is back in France and says he's a month from resuming training with Sochaux following a car accident.

The 23-year-old had been rehabilitating in Delaware following a one-vehicle accident Oct. 13 in Virginia that left him with two broken bones in his right leg, a broken and dislocated left elbow, a broken nose, forehead and eye socket, a fracture in his face, a ruptured bladder and bleeding on his brain.

"I've come a long way," he said during a video interview posted Thursday on the team's Web site. "I'd say I'm probably a month away from being able to train with the team regularly, and then I need a little more time to be able to get match-fit again. So, you know, I'd say I'm not too far away from being able to play again."

Also on Thursday, Oguchi Onyewu returned to training with the U.S. national team for the first time since knee surgery Oct. 21.

The AC Milan defender, trying to get back into playing shape ahead of the World Cup, worked out for about 30 minutes as players prepared for next week's exhibition against El Salvador. He participated in 5 vs. 2 and possession drills, U.S. team spokesman Michael Kammarman said.

Onyewu, a 27-year-old from Olney, Md., ruptured the patellar tendon in his left knee during the Americans' final World Cup qualifier, against Costa Rica on Oct. 14. At the time of surgery, the U.S. Soccer Federation medical staff estimated he would be able to resume training in March and be sidelined a total of six months.

Rodriguez loses arbitration to Astros

NEW YORK — Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez lost to the Houston Astros in salary arbitration on Thursday, and Los Angeles Angels catcher Jeff Mathis and Washington reliever Sean Burnett had their hearings.

Rodriguez will be paid $5 million this year instead of the $7 million he sought. Arbitrators Richard Bloch, Elizabeth Neumeier and Fredric Horowitz made their decision a day after hearing the case.

A 31-year-old left-hander, Rodriguez was 14-12 last season with a 3.02 ERA, ninth in the NL among qualifiers. He struck out a career-high 193, also ninth, and made $2.65 million. His 192 hits allowed also were a career high and 21 homers allowed were one shy of his worst.

Owners lead players 3-2 with two cases pending and shortstop Ryan Theriot set to argue against the Chicago Cubs.

Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart ($4.8 million) and Florida outfielder Cody Ross ($4.45 million) won, while Tampa Bay outfielder B.J. Upton ($3 million) and Washington reliever Brian Bruney ($1.5 million) also lost.

—Deseret news staff and wire reports