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Eagles' Brown has surgery on right knee

Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jerome Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles is on crutches after undergoing knee surgery Wednesday that could take up to two months to rehabilitate.

"I'm not worried," Brown said Thursday, "because you know I'll move faster than that."

Brown, a Hernando High graduate from Brooksville, said surgeons in Philadelphia cut open his right knee to move a displaced kneecap and remove excess scar tissue.

Brown said he twice had arthroscopic surgery performed on his left knee, but never before on his right. "That's what I thought I was going to have done on this one," he said.

Brown said his knee began to stiffen and bother him on a 10-hour return trip home from Honolulu, Hawaii, where he played Feb. 2 in the Pro Bowl. The former University of Miami star said he then went to see Brooksville orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Springstead, who drained an excessive amount of fluid from the knee.

"Right then," Brown said, "he (Springstead) told me I should get it checked out."

Brown spoke Thursday night after signing autographs during a Hernando County Chamber of Commerce mixer at the Red Mule Pub in Brooksville. He flew to Florida one day after undergoing the surgery and said he planned to fly back to Philadelphia on Friday to begin rehabilitation.

Lecanto girls golf: Lecanto High has dropped its girls golf program for the spring because of a lack of participation, activities director Kelly Tyler said Friday.

"We had five girls out at one time," Tyler said, "but for one reason or another we lost three of them. And with just two we didn't figure that was enough to go and compete in matches."

Girls at Lecanto will be given the opportunity to compete on the boys team, then compete at the girls District 5 tournament as an individual. Tyler said senior Tara Harrington, a returner from last year's girls team, expressed interest in playing for the boys team.

Lecanto went 9-7 last season with an eighth-place finish at the 11-team district tournament.

Softball: A meeting open to all coaches, players and sponsors interested in the Hernando County Women's Softball League is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville.

The league's spring season begins in March. Sponsor fee is $150 per team and the player fee is $15 each. USSSA rules will be enforced. Interested participants should leave a message for Patti Harvey at (904) 799-7274.

Basketball: A coaches meeting for the Hernando County Family YMCA's men's open basketball league is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 2 at the YMCA, located off Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill. All teams must have a representative at the meeting to participate.

Games will be played at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 on Tuesday and Thursday nights at Powell Middle School in Spring Hill. For more information, call (904) 688-9622.

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