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Sports In Brief - March 15, 2008

The trial of suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick on state dogfighting charges has been delayed.

Vick was scheduled to stand trial on April 2. The Surry County Commonwealth Attorney's office says no new date has been set yet. The trial will be rescheduled on March 25.

• Derrick Pope signed a one-year contract with the Vikings, leaving the Miami Dolphins and joining a Minnesota team looking to add depth at linebacker.

Pope is entering his fifth season in the league. He will be the fourth linebacker on the depth chart, behind starters Ben Leber, E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway.

Pope started a career-high nine games for the Dolphins last season. His role with the Vikings will include plenty of work on special teams.

• MLB -- Yankees center fielder Melky Cabrera and first baseman Shelley Duncan were suspended for three games each for their roles in Wednesday's spring-training fracas between New York and the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tampa outfielder Jonny Gomes was suspended for two games. All three players were fined along with Yankees manager Joe Girardi, third-base coach Bobby Meacham and hitting coach Kevin Long.

The suspensions, unless appealed, will start at the beginning of the regular season.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- LSU officials have agreed to pay football coach Les Miles at least $3.75 million a year for five years, as part of a renegotiated contract deal after his team won the national championship.

The contract change will ensure that Miles is among the top paid college football coaches in the nation. He also is eligible to receive more money each year, depending on the team's performance both on the field and in the classroom.

• NHL -- Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby says he'll be sidelined another week because of a high-ankle sprain.

If Crosby stays out that long, he'll will miss a home game Sunday against Philadelphia, a road game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday and a home game Thursday against Tampa Bay.

• GOLF -- Golf analyst David Feherty broke three ribs and punctured his lung when he was hit by a truck while riding his bicycle near his home in Dallas. He expects to be fully recovered in time for the Masters.

Feherty said he was returning from his morning bicycle ride a day earlier when a truck hauling irrigation equipment pinched him into the curb and he was struck by the side mirror.

• NBA -- Forward Shawn Marion was not in Miami's starting lineup for Friday's game against Orlando because of a back injury, making him the latest Heat player to join the ranks of the injured.

Alexander Johnson started in Marion's place.

Marion said he aggravated the back problem earlier this week, and played with soreness Wednesday night against the New York Knicks. He still expects to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks.

• TENNIS -- Fifth-seeded Daniela Hantuchova opened her title defense in the Pacific Life Open with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over wild-card Angela Haynes in a windy second-round match.

The 24-year-old Hantuchova, from Slovakia, won 22 of 23 points on her first serves in the match and lost just 12 total points in the opening set. The 5-foot-11 right-hander, also the 2002 Indian Wells winner, didn't face a break point.

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