College football

OLSON OUT 3-4 WEEKS: UCLA quarterback Ben Olson will be sidelined three to four weeks with a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee.

The school announced that arthroscopic surgery on Olson's knee Tuesday showed he didn't have torn cartilage.

The Bruins (4-2, 3-0 Pac-10) are off this week. Their next game is Oct. 20 against No. 2 California (5-0, 2-0) at the Rose Bowl.

Patrick Cowan, Olson's backup, is also sidelined due to a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee. It's uncertain whether Cowan will be able to play against Cal.

Walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson played most of the way at quarterback in UCLA's 20-6 loss to Notre Dame last weekend but was ineffective, completing 12 of 28 passes for 139 yards with four interceptions. He replaced Olson in the first quarter.

MARKETER, NCAA MEET: A sports marketer who allegedly made improper payments to Reggie Bush while the Heisman Trophy winner was still at Southern California has agreed to meet with NCAA investigators and provide documentation of financial transactions between the two, according to a report.

The Los Angeles Times also reported Tuesday on its Web site that Lloyd Lake is expected to file a civil lawsuit in San Diego against Bush later this month, seeking to recoup money allegedly given to Bush and his family.


ADU BACK WITH U.S.: Freddy Adu is back on the U.S. national team roster for next week's exhibition game at Switzerland.

Adu, who played his only game for the national team last year, was among 21 players picked Tuesday for the initial roster by coach Bob Bradley. The game against the Swiss is Oct. 17 in Basel.

Then 16, Adu made his international debut as an 81st-minute substitute against Canada on Jan. 22, 2006. He has appeared in just two matches this season since transferring to Portugal's Benfica from Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake.


BLAKE WINS: James Blake rallied past Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-3 Tuesday in the first round of the Stockholm Open, the first step in his bid to win the tournament three straight years.

John McEnroe and Boris Becker each won four times, but never three in a row. Blake, who is 11-0 in Stockholm since 2005, next plays qualifier Peter Wessels or Frank Dancevic.


4TH MAN CHARGED: A fourth man was charged with murder in the shooting of a football player on the University of Memphis campus during a botched robbery, authorities said. Devin Jefferson, a 21-year-old student at the school, was arrested Monday night in the death of Taylor Bradford, 21.


JERSEY CHANGE: The Tour de France yellow jersey of Floyd Landis will be awarded to second-place finisher Oscar Pereiro next week. The Spanish cyclist will receive the 2006 winner's jersey in a ceremony Monday in Madrid, race organizers said Tuesday.

Auto racing

ALONSO QUIZZED: Reigning Formula One champion Fernando Alonso was questioned by prosecutors Tuesday in the Ferrari spy scandal. The McLaren driver was not under criminal investigation but considered to have knowledge of the facts in the case, ANSA news agency reported. Alonso, who won the F1 title in 2005 and '06, spent more than two hours in the prosecutors' office in Modena, Italy, and left without making any statement to reporters.