Stanford loses starting LB to neck injury

STANFORD -- Stanford linebacker Fred Campbell will stop playing football after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured vertebrae in his neck.

Campbell, the Cardinal's starting middle linebacker, was injured in the Stanford's game Saturday against San Jose State. He had surgery Monday at Stanford Hospital.

"I know how much of a disappointment this is for Fred," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "But we're very proud of him and what he has accomplished and what he has meant to our team. We're relieved that his neurological health will be normal and that he will have a full and complete recovery.

"Fred is a warrior," Harbaugh said, "and he will always be a part of our team."

Campbell redshirted in 2005 before playing nine games last season. ...

Texas freshman running back James Henry has been charged with two felony counts of obstruction and tampering with evidence, making him the sixth Longhorns player arrested since June. Henry is accused of beating up one of the victims of a July home invasion that allegedly involved two other players. Henry was suspended indefinitely from the team.


Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand had the cast removed from his left leg and was fitted for a removable walking boot, six weeks after he had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon. Brand, who averaged 20.5 points and 9.3 rebounds last season, is expected to miss at least the first several months of the season. ... The Phoenix Mercury's slogan for the 2007 WNBA playoffs was "One team, one city, one goal." Tuesday, it was one big party as the new WNBA champions and about 1,000 of their fans celebrated at a U.S. Airways Center rally. A championship banner was unfurled as purple and gold confetti fluttered from the ceiling.


Torrey Mitchell scored twice, and Devin Setoguchi had a goal and two assists, but the San Jose Sharks lost their preseason opener, 6-5 in a shootout to the host Los Angeles Kings. Dustin Brown scored the deciding goal in the shootout. ... Logan Couture will spend at least another year in junior hockey before getting his chance with the Sharks. San Jose reassigned Couture, the ninth overall pick in June's draft, to the Ontario Hockey League's Ottawa 67's. The high-

scoring center had a brief stint in training camp with the Sharks, who traded up twice to draft him. ... It took less than 30 minutes for fans to buy all 42,000 tickets made available for the NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor game between Buffalo and Pittsburgh to be played at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium on Jan. 1. ... Goaltender Sean Burke retired after nearly 20 years in the league. He played for nine teams during his NHL career, and also played for Canada in the 1988 Olympics.


The Boston company that distributed human growth hormone to "well-known athletes and entertainers" has agreed to pay a $10.5 million penalty and cooperate with law enforcement in ongoing investigations, federal prosecutors said. Under the terms of the agreement, Specialty Distribution Services Inc., a subsidiary of Express Scripts Inc., will not face prosecution for three years if it fully complies with terms of the agreement. Prosecutors did not mention any names of those believed to have bought HGH from the firm.


Mercyhurst College volleyball player Teri Rhodes was charged in Pittsburgh with killing the baby she secretly gave birth to in her apartment bathroom.


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U.S. boxer Kendall Holt filed a protest with the WBO over his loss to Ricardo Torres this month, contending the junior welterweight title bout in Barranquilla, Colombia, was fought in a dangerous environment. He wants a rematch outside Colombia.