For the Patriots, keeping Tom Brady happy is a good idea, and yesterday's reported deal certainly should put a smile on the three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback's face. Wide receiver David Terrell, an inconsistent deep threat released by the Chicago Bears Feb. 28, reached agreement in principle on a one-year contract with the Patriots, ESPN.com reported last night. Terrell and Brady were teammates at the University of Michigan . . . It's been a tough start to the cycling season for 33-year-old Lance Armstrong. He began by quitting last month's Paris-Nice race a few days after finishing 140th in the prologue. Armstrong finished well back in the March 27 Brabant Arrow and yesterday finished 28th in the Ronde of Flanders in Belgium, which was won by Belgian Tom Boonen. Armstrong, tuning up for the Tour de France in July, when he will attempt to win the title for the seventh straight year, was among the leaders but fell back with 15 miles left in one of the five biggest one-day races . . . Michael Phelps, who yielded his spot on the US gold medal 400-meter medley relay to Ian Crocker at the Olympic Games last summer, caught his friend and rival at the finish and won the 100 butterfly in Indianapolis at the US trials for the world championships in July. It was the third victory of the meet for Phelps, who trailed Crocker by more than a half-second at the turn but pulled ahead to win in 51.34 seconds. Crocker, who holds the world record of 50.76, finished at 51.45 . . . The Memphis Grizzlies placed Stromile Swift on the injured list with an irregular heartbeat . . . The Los Angeles Lakers placed Lamar Odom on the injured list with a left shoulder sprain.
Dovers Parsons takes China to school
Sarah Parsons, a 17-year-old from Dover, stole the show in her international debut as the United States rolled to an 8-2 victory over China in its first game at the women's world hockey championship in Norrkoping, Sweden. The Noble and Greenough student scored two goals and added an assist to lead the US. Harvard star Julie Chu had a goal and two assists, and former Harvard star Angela Ruggiero also scored for the US. Finland beat Germany, 5-1, in the other Group B game. In the only Group A game, defending champion Canada routed Kazakhstan, 13-0 . . . Center Ryan Shannon, whose career at Boston College ended last weekend, made an instant impact in his professional hockey debut. Shannon scored a third-period goal to lift the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 4-2 victory over visiting Utah . . . Nick Coskren scored twice as the South Boston Shamrocks bested the Mid-Fairfield (Conn.) Blues, 5-2, in the final of the US boys' Tier 2 18-and-under hockey tournament in Springfield, Mo. . . . Sarah Schleper collected her third US slalom title, while Ted Ligety earned his first two national titles on windy Mammoth Mountain at the US Alpine Championships at Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Ligety's slalom win coupled with his 12th-place showing in downhill earned him the gold medal in combined. Defending slalom champion Jimmy Cochran of Keene, N.H., won the silver medal in the slalom. World Cup champion Bode Miller was sixth in the first run but skipped the second run because of knee tendinitis . . . Olympic bronze medalist Tirunesh Dibaba, a 19-year-old Ethiopian, won the Carlsbad (Calif.) 5,000 in 14 minutes 51 seconds, tying Paula Radcliffe's world road record.