Victor Conte was sentenced to four months in prison and four months' home confinement yesterday for his role as the mastermind in a scheme to provide pro athletes with undetectable banned drugs.

Conte, who negotiated a plea deal with federal prosecutors, started the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative. The lab, according to court records, counted dozens of prominent athletes among its clients, including baseball's Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi and Olympic track and field star Marion Jones.

Greg Anderson, Bonds's trainer and friend since childhood, was sentenced to three months imprisonment and three months in home confinement after pleading guilty to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge.

James Valente, BALCO's vice president, was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to reduced charges of steroid distribution.

Outside the courthouse, Conte read a statement saying he wanted to rid the sporting world of steroids.

"I've decided to direct my knowledge, experience and determination toward making sports more honorable for the athletes and fans," Conte said.

Conte pleaded guilty in July to money laundering and a steroid distribution charge; dozens of counts were dropped as part of his plea deal. Anderson and Conte, who remain free on bond, are scheduled to surrender to prison authorities Dec. 1.

* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Alabama wide receiver Tyrone Prothro is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days after breaking two bones in his left leg and developing an infection following surgery.

Prothro has been hospitalized the past two weeks, and doctors are optimistic for a full recovery. He most likely will miss the rest of the season.

Alabama team physician Les Fowler said Prothro's family had requested that no details of his status be released before yesterday since he had emergency surgery following the Florida game Oct. 2. . . .

The date for Georgia Tech's game at No. 6 Miami might be switched because of the threat posed to South Florida by Hurricane Wilma. Miami Athletic Director Paul Dee said a decision on Saturday's game will be made sometime this afternoon.

* SOCCER: Thierry Henry returned from a six-week absence with two goals to push Arsenal closer to the second round of the Champions League with a 2-0 victory at Sparta Prague.

Bayern Munich edged Juventus, 2-1, while two other leading contenders failed to score. Manchester United was held to a 0-0 tie at home by Lille, and Panathinaikos kept Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in Athens.

Henry, who suffered a groin injury during World Cup qualifying, scored his 185th goal for the Gunners, breaking Ian Wright's career scoring record for the club.

* GYMNASTICS: Justin Spring, a four-time All-Met at Lake Braddock High from 1999 to 2002, was among the six men chosen to represent the United States at the World Gymnastics Championships next month in Melbourne, Australia.

Spring a senior and three-time all-American at Illinois, will be joined by Olympic silver medalist Jason Gatson, national champion Todd Thornton, Sean Golden, Kevin Tan and Yewki Tomita on the U.S. team.

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Valerien Ismael, front, tangles with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Juventus in Bayern Munich's Champions League win.