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Quick Read: Tarvaris Jackson plans to sign with Vikings

Tarvaris Jackson plans to sign with Vikings Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson plans to sign his one-year, $1.176 million tender with the Minnesota Vikings, according to NFL sources. That will leave defensive end Ray Edwards as the Vikings' only restri...

Tarvaris Jackson plans to sign with Vikings

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson plans to sign his one-year, $1.176 million tender with the Minnesota Vikings, according to NFL sources. That will leave defensive end Ray Edwards as the Vikings' only restricted free agent who has not signed his tender.

-- The Vikings waived wide receiver Vinny Perretta, who spent time on the practice squad last season. Perretta was signed as a rookie free agent out of Boise State.

Lakers' Jackson fined $35,000

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has been fined $35,000 by the NBA for criticizing officials earlier this week. The fine announced Thursday was for comments Jackson made after the Lakers' win against Sacramento on Tuesday night.

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It marked the second time this month Jackson was fined for criticizing game officials. He was was previously penalized the same amount for comments after a loss to San Antonio on April 4.

Constantine, Aeros part ways

ST. PAUL -- Houston Aeros head coach Kevin Constantine will not return for the 2010-11 American Hockey League season.

Constantine, 51, compiled a record of 117-94-11-18 in three seasons with Houston and led the team to the playoffs in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The Aeros finished the 2009-10 campaign in seventh place in the West Division with a

34-34-7-5 record. A total of 12 players from Houston appeared in an NHL game with the Minnesota Wild this season.

Constantine, a native of International Falls, was named the seventh head coach in Aeros history in 2007. Constantine has been behind the bench as a head coach for a comined 1,166 games, presiding over teams in the NHL, AHL, USHL, IHL and WHL.

76ers fire coach

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Eddie Jordan on Thursday after one season. In the past

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10 NBA seasons, the 76ers have had eight coaches. The Sixers finished 27-55 and missed the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. The team will look for its fourth coach in three seasons.

Clippers fire interim coach

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers wasted no time making their first offseason change, firing interim head coach Kim Hughes on Thursday in the team's third major shake-up in

2½ months. Hughes took over as interim coach for Mike Dunleavy on Feb. 4 after seven seasons as an assistant and went 8-25 the rest of the way.

The Clippers finished with a 29-53 record, missing the playoffs for the 15th time in 17 years. They were 8-33 on the road, their worst mark away from home since 1999-2000, when they went 5-36.

NCAA bans eye black messages, wedge blocks

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eye black with messages and wedge blocks will be banned from college football this fall, and taunting in the field of play will start costing teams points in 2011. On Thursday, the NCAA's Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the three rules changes.

Choi leads Verizon

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- K.J. Choi shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead at the Verizon Heritage. Mike Weir and Greg Owen opened with 66s, and Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia and five-time Verizon winner Davis Love III topped a group at 67.

-- Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice shot a 12-over 83 on Thursday in his Nationwide Tour debut, leaving him 20 strokes behind leader Dicky Pride in the Fresh Express Classic in Hayward, Calif.

The 47-year-old Rice, also the tournament host, was tied for 153rd with Brendon Todd in the 155-man field, two strokes ahead of last-place Brian Bateman.

Tiger to tee it up again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Out of golf for five months until the Masters, Tiger Woods is waiting only two weeks to tee it up again. Woods announced Thursday he will play the Quail Hollow Championship, which begins April 29.

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