Miami Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter will be sidelined indefinitely after tests revealed kidney-function abnormalities, the team said yesterday.

Carter, who came out of retirement three weeks ago, missed practice this week because he felt ill. When he was reevaluated Friday by team physicians, tests disclosed the abnormalities.

Carter will undergo further testing. He won't play tonight against the New York Jets and didn't accompany the Dolphins on their flight yesterday. Team officials would not elaborate on his condition and declined to say whether he had been hospitalized.

Coach Dave Wannstedt declined to comment.

Carter retired last spring after 15 NFL seasons, then signed with the Dolphins three weeks ago to reinforce an injury-depleted receiving corps.

The eight-time Pro Bowl selection struggled in his first game with Miami, a 24-10 loss Monday night at Green Bay. He lost a fumble following his first catch and failed to catch a pass that was then intercepted. He finished with three receptions for 31 yards.

Carter, who turns 37 on Nov. 25, ranks behind only Jerry Rice in career receptions (1,096) and touchdown catches (129).


Hamm, U.S. Win Title

Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom) scored on an 18-yard chip shot four minutes into sudden-death overtime to give the U.S. national team a 2-1 victory over Canada in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup in Pasadena, Calif.

The tournament served as a qualifying event for the 2003 Women's World Cup, with both finalists advancing. Mexico finished third with a 4-1 win over Costa Rica and will face an Asian team in the spring for another World Cup berth.

Tiffeny Milbrett gave the Americans a 1-0 lead in the 28th minute, but Charmaine Hooper tied it just before halftime -- the first goal allowed by the U.S. squad in five matches.

Winter Sports

Onda Wins Nations Cup

Japan's Yoshie Onda nearly landed a triple axel in winning the women's event at the Nations Cup, and Olympic silver medalist Evgeny Plushenko put an artistic touch on his new short program in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Chinese world champions Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo easily won the pairs, and Bulgarian ice dancers Albena Denkova and Maxim Stayivski captured their first major victory.

This is the third Grand Prix event using an interim scoring system while officials fine-tune a cumulative system. The changes were introduced after the pairs scandal at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

At this event, nine judges are chosen randomly before the competition from a panel of 12. No one -- not even the judges -- knows which votes count.

Onda almost pulled off a triple axel jump, two weeks after two other women became the first to land it after a lapse of 10 years.


Dredge Leads Volvo

Bradley Dredge of Wales birdied the last two holes for a par 71 in strong wind to take a one-stroke lead after three rounds in the Volvo Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.

Dredge was at 3-under 210, a shot ahead of Angel Cabrera (76) and Colin Montgomerie (72).

"I haven't been in this situation," Dredge said. "I'll just put my blinkers on and do my own thing."

Cabrera shot a 63 in the opening round, but his score soared yesterday in the gusts on the Valderrama course.

Dredge, Cabrera and Montgomerie were the only players under par entering the last round. Justin Rose of England was at par 213 after a 73.

"This is proper golf for me," Montgomerie said. "I enjoy this a lot more than having to shoot 26 under to win."

Padraig Harrington of Ireland finished one shot ahead of Retief Goosen, but the South African is still in good position to retain the title. . . .

Fuzzy Zoeller shot a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke lead after one round at the Senior Slam in Superstition Mountain, Ariz.

Zoeller birdied three of the first six holes to overtake Don Pooley, made birdie at Nos. 10 and 16 and parred the 18th hole by two-putting from 40 feet, sinking a five-foot comebacker to preserve his lead. . . .

Annika Sorenstam took a big step toward winning her 10th LPGA title of the year, shooting a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke lead at the Mizuno Classic in Otsu, Japan.

On the two closing par-5 holes, Sorenstam had an eagle on No. 17 and a birdie on No. 18. She is at 10-under 134 entering the final round.

Sorenstam hit a 4-wood 210 yards to set up a 20-foot eagle putt on No. 17 and holed a 12-footer for birdie on No. 18.

South Korea's Grace Park, coming off a victory last week in the World Ladies Match Play Championship in Narita, Japan, was a stroke back along with compatriot Gloria Park. Both players shot 69s.

Women's Basketball

Ex-Terp to Hall of Fame

Former Maryland and USA Basketball point guard Tara Heiss is among this year's class set for induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

Joining Heiss are former Louisiana Tech coach Leon Barmore, Texas Tech Coach Marsha Sharp, Texas businessman Claude Hutcherson and AAU all-Americans Patsy Neal and Doris Rogers.

Eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Cris Carter, who came out of retirement, is sidelined indefinitely after tests revealed kidney-function abnormalities.