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USC's Malik Jackson says he'll transfer to Tennessee

Defensive end becomes the second player to leave USC since it was hit with sanctions by the NCAA.

July 05, 2010|Staff and wire reports

Malik Jackson, a defensive end who played as a reserve in every game for USC last season, is transferring to Tennessee.

Jackson is the second USC player who has said he will transfer since USC was hit with sanctions by the NCAA last month. The penalties include four years' probation, a two-year bowl ban and the loss of 30 scholarships. USC is appealing some of the sanctions.

Because of the two-year bowl ban, NCAA rules allow juniors and seniors to transfer without having to sit out a season. Jackson said Tennessee contacted him about a week after the sanctions were announced.

Jackson, who had 51/2 sacks in two seasons, said Monday he was not leaving because of the penalties.

"It wasn't that at all," Jackson said. "I didn't really care about that. I was playing with my buddies, but Tennessee hit me up and they said they needed help at the end spot, that I could come in and help them.

"That sounded better than where I felt I was at with USC."

Jordan Campbell, a junior linebacker who had been suspended from team activities before and during spring practice, is transferring to Louisville.

—Gary Klein

PRO FOOTBALL

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was charged with possession of a controlled substance — codeine syrup — after being arrested at his home in Mobile, Ala., on Monday, authorities said.

The 24-year-old former Louisiana State star and the No. 1 draft choice in 2007 was arrested as part of an undercover narcotics investigation, said Mobile County sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles. She would not say what led to his arrest. She said he did not have a prescription for the codeine.

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Georgia's AD is out after his DUI arrest

Damon Evans offered another apology on the day his resignation as Georgia's athletic director was announced by the school's president.

The announcement by Michael Adams came after a conference call with the executive committee of the athletic association's board of directors Monday. Adams said Evans resigned Sunday, less than a week after Evans was arrested on a drunk-driving charge.

Evans released a statement in which he offered "my sincerest apology" to Adams, Georgia officials, coaches, fans and student-athletes.

Evans was arrested late Wednesday in Atlanta. He was charged with drunk driving and failure to maintain a lane.

ETC.

J P's Gusto wins Hollywood Juvenile

Betting favorite J P's Gusto edged Western Mood by a neck to win the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, the 2-year-old covered six furlongs in 1:10.48 and paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10.

Hollywood Park has canceled live racing on Thursday because of a limited number of entries.

Racing will resume Friday night.

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Kings forward Brad Richardson and Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski were among 31 NHL players who filed for salary arbitration. Players who don't agree to a new contract with their respective clubs will have their salary determined after participating in a hearing held in Toronto between July 20 and Aug. 4.

—Helene Elliott

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Retired hockey enforcer Bob Probert, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks and struggled to overcome drinking problems, has died. He was 45. Obituary, AA5

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Horse trainer Blane Schvaneveldt, who won nearly 4,000 races, has died. He was 76.

Schvaneveldt died Monday after suffering heart arrhythmia late last week, a family spokesman said.

Schvaneveldt began his career in the Pacific Northwest before arriving at Los Alamitos in 1968. He won 3,982 races at Los Alamitos.

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