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ROWDIES MIDFIELDER BREAKS LEG

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Rowdies midfielder Erik Ustruck broke his left leg at a training session Thursday and will miss the next two to three months.

Ustruck started five games this season and last made an appearance Sunday at Portland, where he played a full 90 minutes.

Ustruck had to be helped off the training field. X-rays confirmed the break.

"This is a big loss for our team, and I am mostly disappointed for Erik because of all of the hard work he has put in," coach Paul Dalglish said in a news release. "But we are fortunate to have a lot of depth on our roster, and I am confident that our players will step up in his absence."

The Rowdies host Miami at 7 p.m. Sunday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

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NFL

Report: Burress tries for work release again

The New York Daily News reported that former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress has applied for work release for the second time during his two-year prison sentence on gun charges. No decision will be made for several weeks.

Burress first applied for work release in November, but his application was denied by the New York Department of Correctional Services because of the nature of his crime.

The program would allow Burress to spend some portion of his sentence at home.

Burress pleaded guilty in August to attempted criminal possession of a weapon for having a loaded handgun in a New York nightclub that went off and shot him in the leg.

BROWNS: Defensive end Robaire Smith was charged with carrying a gun in his luggage at a Flint, Mich., airport. Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said Smith was going to take a flight to Atlanta in November when officials found a gun in his carry-on bag. Smith's attorney, Frank Manley, said the NFL has disciplined Smith. He didn't give details.

LIONS: Former Pro Bowl cornerback Dre' Bly signed a two-year deal. Specifics weren't released. He was an unrestricted free agent. Bly spent four seasons in Detroit after signing as an unrestricted free agent in 2003. He was traded to Denver after the 2006-07 and played for the 49ers last year.

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ET CETERA

ROWING: The University of Washington defeated Canada's University of Victoria by two lengths at the Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames in England. Washington faces Harvard in the semifinals of the Temple Cup for student eights. Harvard beat England's Durham University by 21/4 lengths.

SOFTBALL: Japan defeated Canada 12-3 in the world championship bronze-medal game at Caracas, Venezuela, and played the United States for the title late Friday.

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FAST FACTS

UFC 116

What: 11-bout mixed martial arts card headlined by heavyweight championship bout between titleholder Brock Lesnar (4-1) and interim titleholder Shane Carwin (12-0)

When/where: 10 tonight; MGM Grand Garden,Las Vegas

TV: Pay-per-view

The focus: Lesnar (6 feet 3, 265 pounds, age 32) returns to competition after a year away ill with diverticulitis. In March, Carwin (6-2, 265, age 35) knocked out Frank Mir to win the interim title.

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