49ers QB Smith out for season
Quarterback Alex Smith will undergo surgery on his right shoulder, ending a disappointing season for the San Francisco 49ers' former No. 1 overall draft pick. The 49ers announced the decision late Monday night after Smith's latest consultation with team doctors and Dr. James Andrews over the separated right shoulder that has bedeviled him for more than two months. Smith will be placed on injured reserve this week. With backup Trent Dilfer suffering from a concussion, Shaun Hill is expected to start Saturday against the Bengals.
Modestan sixth at rodeo nationals
Modesto bull rider Ted Bert finished sixth in Monday's fifth go-round of the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Bert scored an 80 aboard Billionaire and won $2,644.23. Clint Craig of Mena, Ariz., won with an 89.5. Bert is third in average after five rounds. Also Monday, Trevor Brazile set an all-around earnings record with a first-place showing in team roping. Header Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, and heeler Patrick Smith of Midland, Texas, earned the top spot for the second consecutive round with a time of 4.6 seconds. They tied for first Sunday night at 4.0 seconds. Brazile, in fourth place for headers, increased his first-place total in all-around (four events) this year to $342,263, which is $171,665 ahead of runner-up Josh Peek of Pueblo, Colo. He broke his own record of $329,924, set in 2006.
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Conte to spill beans
BALCO founder Victor Conte is ready to meet with the World Anti-Doping Agency chairman to "provide detailed information involving a history of rampant drug use at the elite level of sport." Conte, who pleaded guilty to operating a steroids distribution ring at the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, said in an e-mail that he plans to meet with Dick Pound in New York on Wednesday. "Ironically, I feel it's some of the poor decisions and past mistakes I've made that uniquely qualifies me to make a contribution," Conte said. "I plan to share specific knowledge of past and present Olympic caliber athletes, coaches and suppliers involved with doping around the world and how they've been able to easily circumvent the anti-doping procedures in place."
Pats score big on TV
The New England Patriots continue to draw big TV ratings. The undefeated team's Sunday afternoon game against the Steelers earned an 18.4 overnight rating and a 33 share in the nation's 55 largest markets. The comparable time slot at this time last year on CBS received a 13.7. The rating is the percentage of all homes with televisions watching the game; the share is the percentage of TVs in use at the time that are tuned in to it.