The Miami Dolphins lost a major part of their offense when wide receiver Oronde Gadsden opted for season-ending surgery on his left wrist, but the franchise appears to have found a more than adequate replacement.

Cris Carter -- one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history -- will come out of retirement to sign with the Dolphins on Monday, according to a source close to the situation. Carter, 36, reportedly received permission to leave his duties as an analyst for HBO's Inside the NFL and extend his 15-year NFL career.

Dolphins Coach Dave Wannstedt said yesterday Carter hadn't agreed to contract terms but confirmed the negotiations were taking place.

"We plan to talk Monday," Wannstedt said. "There's nothing else really to say. I have had no chance to think through things with the meeting we had with Oronde and the game [today against Buffalo]. We want to regroup Monday and deal with it then."


Pronger to Have Surgery

St. Louis Blues captain Chris Pronger, already out at least until January, will have another operation on his injured left wrist on Monday.

It's unknown how long the additional surgery will add to the defenseman's recovery time. . . .

Ziggy Palffy was placed on the injured reserve list by the Los Angeles Kings because of a groin strain. The right wing was injured on Oct. 12 when the Kings played Detroit at home.


Arsenal's Streak Ends

Defending champion Arsenal's 30-game unbeaten streak ended yesterday with a 2-1 loss to Everton, allowing Liverpool to take over first place in the Premier League.

Liverpool (7-0-3) beat Leeds, 1-0, on a goal by Senegalese World Cup star Salif Diao.

Manchester United (5-2-3) is in third place after a 1-1 tie against Fulham.

In other action, former England captain Alan Shearer scored career goals No. 300 and 301 in Newcastle's 5-2 loss to Blackburn; Chelsea beat Manchester City, 3-0; West Ham edged Sunderland, 1-0; and West Bromwich Albion tied Birmingham, 1-1.


Davenport Makes Final

Lindsay Davenport beat Justine Henin to reach the Swisscom Challenge final in Zurich.

The defending champion won, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5), and next meets Patty Schnyder, who advanced by beating Conchita Martinez, 6-0, 6-3, in 72 minutes. . . .

Andre Agassi beat Sebastien Grosjean, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, to reach the Madrid Masters final and move closer to No. 1 in the ATP Champions Race.


Moguls Champ Retires

World and Olympic moguls champion Jean-Luc Brassard, 30, never came back from a serious knee injury and retired from the sport he helped make popular in Canada.

"I've won everything you can possibly win on the international scene of moguls skiing, and I'm really happy about the growth of the sport," the 1994 Olympic champion said.


Lowering DeBoom

Tim DeBoom, ninth after the second leg, rallied in the marathon to repeat as champion of Ironman Triathlon World Championship, and Natascha Badmann won her third straight women's title in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

DeBoom, 31, of Lyons, Colo., completed the 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and 26.2-mile marathon in 8 hours 29 minutes 56 seconds. His time this year was about 21/2 minutes faster than his winning time last year.

"It's hot out here, just awful," DeBoom said of the humidity the athletes had to contend with during the run.

Lindsay Davenport, above, defeats Justine Henin, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5), to move into the Swisscom Challenge final.