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Published Feb. 16, 2008


Surgery to repair a torn tendon in Brazilian star Ronaldo's left knee went well, but it is too early to say whether the AC Milan striker will play professionally again.

After a two-hour operation, the three-time FIFA world player of the year is to stay at Pitie-Salpetriere hospital for eight days of physical therapy with more treatment to follow in a specialized center, the hospital said in a statement Friday.

"It is too early to say what the chances are of Ronaldo playing competitive soccer again," the statement said. "That will depend not only on the surgery, but also on physical therapy and the motivation of Ronaldo."

It likely will be at least eight or nine months before Ronaldo can test his knee on a field, the hospital said.


Bonds' trainer still refuses to talk

Greg Anderson, jailed for more than a year for refusing to testify against slugger Barry Bonds, declined comment in San Francisco after a judge rejected government demands that he and three others convicted of distributing steroids return evidence related to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative drug ring.

Anderson has not talked to the media or federal prosecutors since he was first ordered to testify in 2006 before a grand jury investigating Bonds for perjury. A federal judge sent Anderson to prison, and he remained jailed until Bonds was indicted Nov.15.

Anderson's attorneys said the trainer will refuse to testify at a Bonds trial, a stance that will likely land him in prison again.

On Friday, the government attempted to retrieve documents prosecutors turned over to Anderson, BALCO founder Victor Conte, former BALCO executive James Valente and former track coach Remi Korchemny so they could defend themselves against drug charges. All four pleaded guilty to drug charges.

Et cetera

Boxing:Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor both weighed in at 164 pounds in Las Vegas for the rematch of their middleweight bout tonight. Pavlik knocked out Taylor four months ago to claim the WBC belt, and both agreed to a rematch at a 166-pound catch weight with no title on the line.

FIGURE SKATING:Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the Four Continents men's competition in Goyang, South Korea, with Canada's Jeffrey Buttle second and two-time U.S. champion Evan Lysacek third. Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and Kimberly Naverro and Brent Bommentre took silver and bronze, respectively, in ice dancing behind Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.

Tennis: Tampa resident and top seed James Blake reached the semifinals of the Delray Beach International, beating Igor Kunitsyn 6-2, 6-4. Eighth seed Mardy Fish, also of Tampa, lost to Robby Ginepri 6-1, 4-6, 6-4. ... Top-ranked Justine Henin beat Alisa Kleybanova6-4, 6-3 to reach the Diamond Games semifinals in Antwerp, Belguim.