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Pro Football

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Ray Edwards had what coach Brad Childress called a "career day" in a 34-3 victory against Dallas on Sunday, but the Vikings defensive end also suffered a sprained right knee.

Childress said Monday that a few players were at Winter Park receiving treatment, but gave no indication if Edwards will be able to play Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

"We'll just see how they turn out on Wednesday," Childress said. "We were able to get some other people in the game at the end, and Ray's a tough guy. If he can possibly go, he's going to go."

Vikings players will return to practice Wednesday to begin preparations for the Saints. The Vikings will issue their first injury report of the week late Wednesday afternoon.

Edwards collected five tackles, one forced fumble and six quarterback hurries to go with his three sacks Sunday.

"Obviously you saw the day that Ray Edwards had," Childress said. "It was a career day right there. Back-side plays, front-side plays, sacking the quarterback, plays on runs as well as the pass. So a great day for him."

SAN DIEGO — Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was handcuffed briefly and had his car impounded following a traffic stop on Sunday just a few hours before a playoff loss to the New York Jets, police said.

Det. Gary Hassen said Monday that a traffic officer pulled over Jackson for playing loud music. The player was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags. Jackson was briefly handcuffed, which Hassen said is part of standard procedure in such situations.

Jackson has been arrested twice for suspicion of driving under the influence since joining the Chargers. He pleaded guilty in a 2006 case and was on probation when he was arrested again last January. That case has been delayed several times.

"I don't have a concern about Vincent in general," coach Norv Turner said.

Jackson avoided reporters by leaving the Chargers' complex through a back way on Monday. He got into a car and was driven away.

General manager A.J. Smith didn't return a call seeking comment.

The traffic stop occurred near Chargers headquarters, about two miles north of Qualcomm Stadium. Jackson had to catch a ride to the game with quarterback Philip Rivers.

"Billy and I carpool," Rivers said, referring to backup quarterback Billy Volek. "Vincent joined in."

College Football

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has added 11-year NFL assistant Charlie Baggett to his Volunteers staff where he will be assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.

The Vols also announced Monday that offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will remain on staff.

Baggett worked last season with the St. Louis Rams and worked with Dooley at the Miami Dolphins. He has also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and the Houston Oilers.

He has also coached at the collegiate level at Washington, Michigan State and Minnesota.

Pro Baseball

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Jose Offerman was banned for life by the Dominican winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during an argument on the baseball field.

The former All-Star, manager of the Licey Tigers, appeared to hit first base umpire Daniel Rayburn in the face or neck with a fist during Saturday's playoff game against the Cibao Giants. Rayburn fell to the ground.

The Dominican league's president, Leonardo Matos Berrido, announced the ban Monday. He said the decision against Offerman was made shortly after the attack.

Fernando Ravelo, the general manager of the Tigers, said the club will try to appeal the ban against Offerman, who had a contract with the club for next season.

"We know that he is a young man who committed a serious error, but we think that a pardon" can be granted by the winter league, Revolo told The Associated Press.

Offerman was detained by stadium security and taken to a police station to wait until the end of the game while it was determined whether Rayburn would seek charges.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Major league umpires overwhelmingly ratified a new five-year contract that included increased flexibility on postseason assignments.

The contract, which runs through 2014, does away with the prohibition against umpires working the World Series in consecutive seasons, a provision the some in the union originally found difficult to digest.

Management had sought to add that language after a series of missed calls in the 2009 playoffs.

"It was a good day for the union and a good day for baseball," said Joe West, the president of the World Umpires Association.

The new agreement also will enable management to use video to evaluate umpires and will establish new guidelines for early retirement.

Baseball owners unanimously ratified the new agreement Thursday at their meetings in Arizona.

MIAMI — The Florida Marlins spent some more money Monday, agreeing to a $7.8 million, one-year contract with second baseman Dan Uggla and reaching deals with pitchers Anibal Sanchez and Renyel Pinto.

The frugal Marlins, under pressure from the players' association, agreed last week to increase their payroll from last year's $37.5 million, the major league low. Two days later, they agreed to a $39 million, four-year contract with pitcher Josh Johnson, a deal the team still has not announced.

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have reached one-year deals with pitchers Chad Gaudin and Boone Logan before going to salary arbitration.

Gaudin's agreement Monday was worth $2.95 million. Logan's contract was for $590,000.

The Yankees got Gaudin from San Diego on Aug. 6 for cash. The 26-year-old righty went 6-10 overall with a 4.64 ERA. He can earn another $175,000 this year in performance bonuses based on innings.

Gaudin is 34-35 lifetime with a 4.50 ERA for Tampa Bay, Toronto, Oakland, the Chicago Cubs, San Diego and the Yankees.

The 25-year-old Logan was acquired by the Yankees with pitcher Javier Vazquez from Atlanta for outfielder Melky Cabrera and pitchers Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino on Dec. 22. The left-handed Logan is 5-5 lifetime in the majors with a 5.78 ERA.


Snowboarder Danny Davis won't have a chance to dedicate his Olympics to a fallen friend after a season-ending back injury suffered when he crashed his four-wheeler into a closed gate outside a house in Utah.

Davis, who is good friends with injured halfpipe rider Kevin Pearce, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday to repair a vertebrae in his lower back. A message on his Facebook site said Davis would not be competing in remaining snowboard events in 2010.

The Summit County sheriff's department in Park City, Utah, released a statement that said Davis was leaving a housing development at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, after celebrating his victory in a Dew Tour halfpipe event, and was knocked unconscious when he crashed his four-wheeler into a closed metal gate on a private driveway. The sheriff's department said it did not anticipate filing charges against the 21-year-old snowboarder, who has a total of four Dew Tour and Grand Prix halfpipe victories over the last two years.

Pro Hockey

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert is going to his native Haiti with the aid group Project MediShare to assist with the earthquake relief effort.

The 76ers released a statement Monday night saying Dalembert did not return to Philadelphia with the team after a loss in Minnesota earlier in the day. He is being excused from practice Tuesday but is expected to play in Wednesday's home game against Portland.

Dalembert is the NBA's only Haitian-born player. He has taped a public service announcement for UNICEF encouraging fans to contribute. He will address the crowd before the 76ers' home game Friday and make a $100,000 donation to UNICEF. He will also match the donations made by fans at the game.

— The Associated Press

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