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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Golden State Warriors found a home for the disgruntled swingman Stephen Jackson today, sending him to the Charlotte Bobcats in a four-player deal that pairs him with coach Larry Brown.

The Bobcats sent shooting guard Raja Bell and forward Vladimir Radmanovic to the Warriors for Jackson and guard Acie Law.

The deal gives Jackson his wish: a ticket out of town after his difficult relationship with Warriors coach Don Nelson, who acknowledged last week they had been trying to trade him.

Charlotte takes on Jackson's contract, which has three years and $28 million left after this season. Golden State inherits Radmanovic's deal, worth about $13.5 million over this season and next. Bell and Law are in the final year of their contracts.

Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said Jackson was on his way from Milwaukee, where the Warriors played Saturday, to Orlando, where the Bobcats played later Monday.

College Football

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan says the beleaguered football program failed to file mandatory monthly logs that track how much players work out and practice.

The NCAA is investigating whether Michigan violated its rules by holding more training sessions than is allowed.

University auditors were unable to find reports used to document how much time football players spend in the work room and on the practice field. Its report said: "At the time of the review, which was after the 2008-2009 season, no logs had been submitted by football coaches."

Coach Rich Rodriguez has said his program obeyed NCAA rules.

The Detroit News first reported the audit results today.

LOS ANGELES — Stafon Johnson already can speak in a soft, raspy voice less than three months after a weight bar crushed the Southern California tailback's throat.

Johnson briefly demonstrated his remarkable recovery from a potentially fatal weight room accident Saturday before the No. 11 Trojans' 55-21 loss to Stanford. Repeating the last words spoken to him by his grandfather, Johnson said, "God has a plan. Run, Stafon, run."

Johnson also has regained the ability to swallow and eat solid food, an improbably quick achievement after several operations on his neck. His doctors have removed his tracheostomy tube from his throat, and he no longer has a feeding tube in his stomach. Johnson has had three more operations since leaving the hospital Oct. 14.


PARIS — Third-seeded Novak Djokovic scrambled to a 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3) victory over local favorite Gael Monfils on Sunday to win the Paris Masters for the first time.

The victory gave Djokovic back-to-back ATP Tour titles after his win over top-ranked Roger Federer in the Swiss Indoors final last Sunday.

The third-ranked Djokovic also beat World No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinals in Paris and will be a strong favorite when he'll try to defend his title at the eight-man ATP World Tour Finals from Nov. 22-29 in London.


LONDON — Caster Semenya's lawyers say she was tricked into speaking to a reporter at The Guardian for a story in the British newspaper.

The 18-year-old South African runner, who won the 800-meter world championship title in August but had her accomplishment overshadowed by gender-test revelations, was quoted throughout in excerpts Friday and the full story published Saturday. The article was accompanied by several recent photographs.

Greg Nott, the managing partner for Dewey & LeBoeuf, issued a statement Saturday saying the quotes were obtained "under false pretenses and in a wrongful and unlawful manner."

— The Associated Press

The Guardian rejected the claim in a statement Saturday, saying its reporter Don McRae was invited to speak to Semenya by her coach, Michael Seme. The Guardian said McRae spoke to Semenya on three different occasions, and that the runner willingly participated.


ZURICH — FIFA banned Diego Maradona from all soccer activities for two months for the Argentina's coach expletive-filled rants after his team qualified for the World Cup.

A disciplinary panel for world soccer's governing body heard Maradona give evidence during a three-hour hearing Sunday before excluding him from soccer until Jan. 15.

The 49-year-old coach will miss Argentina's exhibition against the Czech Republic scheduled for Dec. 16. He also was fined $24,250.

FIFA said Maradona apologized to the world soccer family and showed "sincere remorse."

The 1986 World Cup-winning captain launched his profane tirade at media critics after Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in its final qualifier last month.


PITTSBURGH — Mean Joe Greene already had his four Super Bowl rings. Now, 30 years later, he also has his CLIO for one of TV's most famous commercials.

Greene earned the award, given annually for excellence in advertising, for his role in the 1979 commercial in which he flipped his game jersey to a young fan who handed him a cold Coke as the weary Steelers' lineman limped to the locker room following a game.

The commercial has been frequently cited as among the best in TV history.

Greene was not available to receive the award at the time it was presented. When Coke realized upon the 30th anniversary of the commercial's airing that Greene still didn't have it, a ceremony was held before the Bengals-Steelers game Sunday.

Tommy Okon, who played the wide-eyed youngster in the commercial, watched as Greene was given the award. He was 9 at the time of the filming.

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