The New England Patriots activated linebacker Tedy Bruschi from the physically unable to perform list yesterday afternoon, making him eligible to play in tonight's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Coach Bill Belichick has said that once Bruschi was on the active roster, he would be treated like any other player. Whether Bruschi starts is expected to be determined by the Bills' offensive lineup for the first series.

Bruschi has not played since February, when a minor stroke three days after the Pro Bowl put his career in jeopardy. The two-time defending Super Bowl champion put him on the reserve-PUP list, which left open the possibility of his return after the sixth week of the season.

He had to be activated by 4 p.m. yesterday to be eligible to play in the Patriots' game against Buffalo.

"It's out of my control now," Bruschi said before practice on Wednesday. "I'm back. I'm a player. I'm a member of the team. So I've trusted my coaches ever since I was in high school."

* BASEBALL: Paul DePodesta was fired as general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Team owner Frank McCourt cited the team's lack of success as the reason DePodesta was let go.

"Our high expectations were not met," McCourt said.

McCourt hired DePodesta, an Alexandria native, after buying the team in January 2004 from News Corp.

The Dodgers won the NL West title in his first season, but DePodesta riled fans by trading popular catcher Paul Lo Duca and two other players at midseason.

The Dodgers went 71-91 this season, the team's worst record since 1992 and second worst since moving to Los Angeles in 1958, after DePodesta made many offseason changes.

The team has been without a manager since Oct. 3, when the Dodgers and Jim Tracy agreed to cut ties. Tracy was hired shortly after to manage the Pittsburgh Pirates.

* TENNIS: Top-seeded Andy Roddick beat Fabrice Santoro, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), and will meet French teenager Gael Monfils in the final of the Lyon Grand Prix in France.

Monfils beat countryman Sebastien Grosjean, 6-4, 7-5, in the other semifinal. Roddick will aim for his 20th career ATP title today. The former U.S. Open champion and two-time Wimbledon finalist is 55-13 this season. "He broke early and then dominated," Santoro said. "His serve is so powerful it makes it hard to counterattack him." . . .

Top-seeded Kim Clijsters, of Belgium, overpowered No. 4 Dinara Safina to advance to the finals of the Gaz de France Stars in Hasselt, Belgium, against Francesca Schiavone.

Clijsters, the second-ranked player in the world, defeated Russia's Safina, 6-0, 6-1, in their semifinal. Schiavone, of Italy, beat 16-year-old Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. . . .

* FIGURE SKATING: Everybody knows who Alissa Czisny is now.

The new American figure skating sensation won her first gold medal at the senior level by winning Skate Canada in St. John's, Newfoundland.

"I'm accomplishing what I set out to do and I guess people might know who I am now," said the 18-year-old native of Bowling Green, Ohio.

Top-seeded Carolina Kostner of Italy, the 2005 world bronze medalist, was the flop of the event in winding up seventh.

Canada's Emanuel Sandhu, sixth after the short program Thursday, blew away his rivals with a stellar free-skating routine to take the men's event.

* GOLF: Carl Petterson hit five straight iron shots inside 12 feet and made three of them for birdie, enough to carry him to a 4-under-par 67 for a share of the lead with Steve Lowery in the Chrysler Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla.

Petterson finished with eight straight pars at Innisbrook, a tough course that was even more demanding in swirling wind and a warm sun that made it play firm and fast. . . .

Jay Haas shot a 9-under 63 to take a six-shot lead after the third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Sonoma, Calif.

Tom Kite started the day with three straight birdies and finished tied for second with tour leading money-winner Dana Quigley, Tom Watson, Loren Roberts and Lonnie Nielsen. . . .

Sergio Garcia shot a 68 to share the third-round lead with Colin Montgomerie at 10 under in the Volvo Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.

-- From News Services