Authorities in Bakersfield, Calif., said Arizona Cardinals linebacker

Joey Porter

has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and accused of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

The California Highway Patrol said the 33-year-old player was confronted by officers early Saturday in a fast-food parking lot.

Porter refused to provide his driver's license and began to roll up his window when asked to leave the car. Police said that when an officer reached to unlock the door, Porter slapped the officer's hand.

Porter eventually got out and complied with orders, placing his hands behind his back. He and a passenger were arrested.

The 11-year veteran recently signed with the Cardinals. He also has played for Pittsburgh and Miami.

In other NFL news:

* The Pittsburgh Steelers said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is not expected today for the start of voluntary offseason workouts. Roethlisberger has been accused of assault by a 20-year-old Georgia college student, but he has not been charged in the case.

Auto Racing

* McLaren's Jenson Button survived a first-corner collision and successfully gambled on a bold tire strategy to win a thrilling Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Button was the first driver prepared to change from intermediate tires to slicks on a drying track, and drove the final 52 laps on a wearing set of soft tires.

* IndyCar's Honda Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Fla., was postponed until today because of heavy showers.

Sport Stops

* Rafael Nadal advanced to the fourth round at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla., by rallying to beat wild card David Nalbandian, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal, seeded fourth, remained on course for a showdown in the final against No. 1 Roger Federer.

* Amy Rodriguez and Shannon Boxx scored first-half goals as the United States stayed unbeaten (23-0-1) against Mexico with a 3-0 win in San Diego. Kristine Lilly became the first player to appear in a match for Team USA in four different decades when she entered in the 32nd minute. The 38-year-old Lilly appeared in her 343rd career match, the most of any female American player.

* Sam Houston State baseball coach Mark Johnson won his 1,000th career game when the Bearkats rallied for an 8-6 victory against UTSA.

* Two-time Olympic biathlon champion Olga Medvedtseva, of Russia, is retiring from the sport, ending a career marred by a doping violation that led to her being kicked out of the Turin Games.

* Yuriorkis Gamboa retained his WBA featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Argentina's Jonathan Victor Barros, in Hamburg, Germany.