BONDS HAS SURGERY: San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds underwent arthroscopic surgery to alleviate inflammation and discomfort in his right knee.

The Giants said Thursday's procedure took 20 minutes, and Bonds will begin rehabilitation next week.

Bonds this year became the first player to hit 400 home runs and steal 400 bases in his career.

Outfielder Ellis Burks also underwent arthroscopic surgery. Surgeons operated on his left knee for one hour to repair irregularities to the kneecap.


UPON FURTHER REVIEW: Nine cities hoping to be the American bidder for the 2012 Olympics submitted proposals to the U.S. Olympic Committee, but the panel on Thursday said it wanted to review the plans before deciding if all met minimum requirements.

USOC president Bill Hybl said a report on the bids would be made to the panel's executive committee in Phoenix next Friday. Any action would be announced at that time, he said.


ELWAY HURTING AGAIN: John Elway suddenly is breaking down more frequently than Denver International Airport's passenger trains.

Elway didn't finish Thursday's practice because of a tight lower back back pain.

Elway hasn't played the past 6 1/2 quarters of Denver's season because of a sore right hamstring. Now, his back may keep him out of Sunday's game against Philadelphia.


ANOTHER FALDO PARTING: First it was David Leadbetter. Now it's Brenna Cepelak. Nick Faldo has been busy with breakups the past two weeks.

The three-time Masters and British Open champion disclosed Thursday that he and Cepelak have agreed to end their three-year relationship.

The split comes 11 days after Faldo abruptly ended his 13-year relationship with Leadbetter.

Cepelak was on a golf scholarship at Arizona when she met Faldo in 1995 at a tournament.

CO-LEADERS AT BUICK: Fred Funk and Jim Carter shot 9-under-par 63s to share the first-round lead at the Buick Challenge. Carter a non-winner during his eight full years on the PGA Tour, shot his best round of the year with nine birdies and no bogeys.

Russ Cochran was a stroke back after a 64, and Tom Byrum shot a 65.


DAVENPORT LOSES: In her first match since winning the U.S. Open and closing in on the No. 1 ranking, Lindsay Davenport lost to Nathalie Tauziat at the Grand Slam Cup Thursday.

Tauziat, the losing Wimbledon finalist, rallied to win 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 despite 12 double-faults and 37 unforced errors.

Venus Williams made sure there would be at least one American in the semifinals of the $6.7 million tournament when she beat French Open champion Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario 6-3, 6-2. She will next play Tauziat.


Supporters of Propostion 5 have scheduled a rally on the steps of the State Capitol on Saturday at 1 p.m. Organizers report that they expect people to attend the rally "from all corners of the state."

Proposition 5 is an amendment to the State Constitution that would require a two-thirds "yes" vote on any proposed change to wildlife law. Currently only a majority vote is necessary.