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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ Football

McNair in car wreck

Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was involved in a car accident but not injured a week after having an operation on his sternum. Police said a woman pulled in front of McNair's pickup truck as he was traveling down a street in the Music Row area near downtown Nashville, Tennessee. "McNair had no contributing factor to the crash," Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said Thursday. Jennifer Conrad, 24, of Cedar Hill told police she was unfamiliar with the area and was trying to make a U-turn on the one-way street. Aaron said no injuries were officially reported. Conrad was cited for causing the accident and for driving without insurance.

■ Soccer

Blackburn gets Nelsen

DC United captain Ryan Nelsen moved to Premier League club Blackburn on a free transfer Thursday. The 27-year-old New Zealand international signed an 18-month contract with Rovers. He plays as a center-half but can also switch to midfield. Nelsen was voted to Major League Soccer's All-Star team twice during his stint in the US. Nelsen, who played with 15-year-old American soccer star Freddy Adu at DC United, was left unprotected in November for the MLS expansion draft.

■ Hockey

League bars Theo Fleury

Suspended NHL star Theo Fleury has been barred from playing for the Horse Lake Thunder in Canada's North Peace Hockey League. Fleury, suspended by the NHL for substance abuse violations, is ineligible to play because of a Hockey Canada ruling last month that NHL players under contract last season can not play for the Allan Cup, the top prize for senior hockey in Canada. "His registration has been turned down," said Brad Robbins, Hockey Alberta's manager of operations. "He was under an NHL contract in 2003-2004." Fleury, who was to have made his senior league debut Thursday in northern Alberta against the Grande Prairie Athletics, could not immediately be reached for comment. The 36-year-old forward has 455 goals in 1,084 NHL games.

■ Soccer

Reading secures player

Former England international Les Ferdinand signed with Reading on a free transfer Thursday. Ferdinand, 38, left Premier League team Bolton last week. Reading coach Steve Coppell jumped at signing the veteran striker, who is still an effective goal scorer and could have a big impact in the League Championship, or former first division. "Les Ferdinand is a tremendous player, and I hope he will help boost our goalscoring capabilities and act as a catalyst for the whole team at this crucial time of the season," Coppell said on the club's Web site. Ferdinand has also played for Queens Park Rangers, Tottenham, Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester. "I am highly delighted to welcome Les Ferdinand as a Reading player," chairman John Madejski said. "He is without doubt one of the greatest English strikers of the last decade and his goalscoring record speaks for itself."

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