Stanford center Jayne Appel, an honorable mention All-America choice last season, will be limited early in the preseason after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on her left knee Sept. 22.

The 6-foot-4 Appel tore the meniscus in her knee while conditioning this summer as she recovered from left shoulder surgery performed in late April, which followed the Cardinal's run to the Final Four and second-place finish behind Tennessee.

"It's been the whole left side of my body," the former Carondelet High star said Wednesday. "I'll be back for the season. ... It kind of puts a damper on the start of the season. I was so excited to get started."

Forward Michelle Harrison also is recovering from surgery to repair a meniscus tear in her left knee.

Both Appel and Harrison will participate in some capacity once practice officially begins Oct. 17, coach Tara VanDerveer said.

"I don't see them missing games," VanDerveer said.

Stanford opens against Minnesota at Maples Pavilion on Nov. 14.

College football

Quarterback Mark Sanchez did some work in practice, giving USC hope he'll be able to play against Arizona State on Saturday. Sanchez suffered a bone bruise in his left knee during USC's 44-10 rout of Oregon last week. Coach Pete Carroll also said linebacker Rey Maualuga, who didn't play against Oregon because of a sprained knee, was on track to start Saturday. ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who sprained his left ankle in the loss at Cal, is very doubtful for Saturday's game.

  • Tony Franklin, whose spread offense failed to produce in the season's first six weeks, was relieved of his duties as Auburn's offensive coordinator, less than a year after he took the job, coach Tommy Tuberville said. It's not clear who'll handle play-calling duties when Auburn hosts Arkansas on Saturday. Franklin had been offensive coordinator at Troy the previous two seasons.

    Tennis

    Jonas Bjorkman played his 1,000th ATP doubles match, teaming with Kevin Ullyett to beat Scott Lipsky and David Martin 6-2, 7-5 in the quarterfinals of the Stockholm (Sweden) Open. Bjorkman is 698-302 in doubles. In singles, third-seeded Jarkko Nieminen beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 in the first round.

  • Dinara Safina ousted former No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. In men's play, second-seeded Igor Andreev fell to Jeremy Chardy 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

    Olympics

    The IOC said it will retest samples from the Beijing Games to search for a new blood-boosting drug at the center of the latest Tour de France scandals. The Beijing samples will be reopened and tested in particular for CERA, a new generation of the endurance-enhancing hormone EPO. No test for CERA was available during the Beijing Games.

    NHL

    Chicago left wing Ben Eager was suspended for three games without pay by the league for swinging his stick at Dallas left wing Sean Avery during an exhibition game last week. Eager was sitting on the bench when he swung his stick in the direction of Avery, who was on the ice. He'll miss Chicago's first three regular-season games, beginning Friday against the New York Rangers.

    Golf

    Seve Ballesteros, 51, is stable but still undergoing tests to determine why he had a dizzy spell this week. La Paz (Spain) University Hospital said it was not known when Ballesteros might be released. He was taken to the hospital Monday after briefly losing consciousness.

    Cycling

    The ICU eased its rules and said Lance Armstrong can compete in the Jan. 20-25 Tour Down Under, his first race following a retirement after he won his seventh Tour de France in 2005. A strict application of testing rules wouldn't have allowed Armstrong to compete until Feb. 1, 2009, six months after he filed paperwork with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

    Swimming

    Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin are among the nominees for the USA Swimming Foundation's Golden Goggle Awards. Fans can vote for winners at www.GoldenGoggles.com. through Nov. 7. Winners will be announced Nov. 17.