Three Minnesota Vikings players, including former Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson, were arrested after a fight outside a downtown Minneapolis bar early yesterday.

Vikings Coach Mike Tice confirmed the arrests of linebackers Henderson and Mike Nattiel, and tight end Steve Farmer.

"I have not been able to find out anything concrete yet," Tice said.

The three players were arrested along with a fourth man after a fight outside a bar in the Minneapolis Warehouse District.

A man injured in the fight, Troy Jones, 32, of Brooklyn Center, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and then discharged later, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police released the names of those arrested, but would not confirm the three are Vikings. Officers said they saw the men who were arrested assaulting the victim, and after the man was knocked unconscious, he continued to be kicked, punched and stomped on his body and head, police spokesman Ron Reier said.

The Vikings players and the fourth man arrested were in the Hennepin County Jail pending formal charges.

* COLLEGES: Lackey junior running back Morgan Green, who posted the second-highest single-season rushing total in Maryland high school history last season, unofficially committed to Maryland.

For almost two years, the Terrapins have been considered the front-runners for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Green. He rushed for 2,630 yards last season -- 903 more than anyone else in the Washington area -- and scored 26 touchdowns.

"Now, since the ACC is the best conference in the country," Green said, "all the NFL teams will be looking at them."

The Terps also received an oral commitment from Anthony Wiseman, who as a junior last season led DeMatha with 852 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.

Classmate Robert Norris, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound offensive tackle, has orally committed to Virginia Tech.

* SOCCER: The Brazilians and Argentines remain at the top of the South American World Cup qualifying group, but results were disheartening.

Defending World Cup champion Brazil gave up a 90th-minute penalty in a 1-1 tie against Chile.

Luis Fabiano gave Brazilians the lead in the 15th minute, but Reinaldo Navia tied the game from the penalty spot in the 90th. Argentina, meantime, was held to a 0-0 tie by visiting Paraguay, which finished a man down.

Venezuela continued its impressive run at Peru, holding the hosts to a 0-0 tie, while Colombia routed visiting Uruguay, 5-0.

New Zealand, which earned a 2-0 win over Fiji, was eliminated in the Oceania region of World Cup qualifying after the Solomon Islands gained a surprise 2-2 tie with Australia. . . .

Abby Wambach scored her 12th goal in as many games, and the U.S. women's team -- in Louisville -- recovered from a poor first half to tie Japan, 1-1, in an Olympic tuneup. . . .

Frankie Hejduk and Jeff Cunningham scored to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 MLS victory over the host New England Revolution.

* OLYMPICS: Steven Lopez and Nia Abdallah qualified for the Athens Olympics with victories at the U.S. taekwondo trials in San Jose.

Lopez, the 2000 gold medalist in the featherweight division, will compete as a welterweight this time after defeating Tony Graf, 4-0, on Saturday. His win came just hours after Abdallah beat Diana Lopez, Steven's younger sister, in the women's featherweight final.

Abdallah beat Diana Lopez in sudden death after the two fought to a 2-2 tie in regulation.

* CYCLING: Lance Armstrong finished third in the opening prologue of the Dauphine Libere cycling race in Megeve, France, a tuneup for his bid for a sixth straight Tour de France title.

Spain's Iban Mayo was the winner, covering the 3.2-mile time trial in 7 minutes 51.99 seconds. Armstrong finished in 7:53.40.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports