NFL: San Diego Chargers holdout wide receiver Vincent Jackson can play in Week 5 if he’s traded by Wednesday, the NFL and the players union decided Thursday.
The agreement helps clear the way for the Pro Bowler to be traded, provided the Chargers can agree to terms with another team.
The agreement essentially rolls what could have been a six-game suspension into four games. Jackson is serving a three-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He pleaded guilty in February to his second DUI since 2006.
On Aug. 20, the Chargers placed him on the roster exempt list, meaning he’d be suspended for three games once he signed with San Diego. Jackson’s representatives felt he shouldn’t have to serve that suspension if he was traded.
The agreement, which settles a grievance filed by the NFLPA, stipulates if Jackson signs a contract with San Diego and is traded by 1 p.m. PDT Wednesday, he will be placed on the Commissioner Exempt list for three games, retroactive to Game 2. That means he’d be able to play in his new team’s fifth game.
If Jackson isn’t traded by the deadline, he’ll have to serve the remainder of his three-game DUI suspension and serve the three-game suspension on the roster exempt list if he does sign, regardless of a subsequent trade.
Mayweather faces three more charges
Boxing: Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was hit with three more felony charges in a Las Vegas domestic violence case that already had him facing a theft charge.
Clark County District Attorney David Roger significantly raised the ante in the case alleging that Mayweather hit and threatened the life of his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, and threatened to beat two of their children during a predawn argument at the woman’s home a week ago.
Mayweather remained free on $3,000 bail pending arraignment Nov. 9 following his arrest last Friday on a felony grand larceny charge.
The new criminal complaint filed Thursday added two felony coercion and one felony robbery charge along with one misdemeanor domestic battery and three misdemeanor harassment charges.
French will cooperate in Armstrong probe
Cycling: The head of France’s anti-doping agency is ready to collaborate fully with a U.S. federal investigation into seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong.
Pierre Bordry said he will hand over Armstrong’s “B” samples from the 1999 Tour to Jeff Novitzky if the Food and Drug Administration agent makes an official request.
French sports daily L’Equipe reported in 2005 that Armstrong’s backup samples from 1999 contained EPO – a banned blood-boosting hormone. Armstrong was cleared by an independent panel.
Separately, the Los Angeles Times reported that federal prosecutors have obtained a recording of a conversation that former Tour winner and Armstrong critic Greg LeMond secretly taped six years ago with a friend of the cyclist, Stephanie McIlvain.
In it, LeMond asks McIlvain if she would be willing to testify in a lawsuit about what she heard during a disputed 1996 exchange between Armstrong and his doctors about whether he had taken performance-enhancing drugs.
U.S. tabs Fish for Davis Cup opener
Miscellany: American Mardy Fish will face Colombian Alejandro Falla in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup playoff between the United States and Colombia in Bogota.
The second singles match today has American Sam Querrey against Santiago Giraldo.
At the draw, U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe selected John Isner and Ryan Harrison to face Carlos Salamanca and Robert Farah in Saturday doubles. Reverse singles are Sunday.
The winner will remain in the Davis Cup World Cup, the top tier of the competition, which the U.S. has dropped out of only once since it began in 1981.
• Dasher forced to sit: The NCAA has decided Middle Tennessee State quarterback Dwight Dasher must sit out four games and repay a $1,500 loan to become eligible again.
The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff ruled that Dasher violated preferential treatment rules by receiving a loan from someone in the community.
Middle Tennessee has told the NCAA Dasher has repaid the loan.
Dasher already has missed the first two games this season for the Blue Raiders (1-1).
• U.S. swim coach takes leave: Mark Schubert has taken at least a two-month leave of absence from his post as coach of the national swim team. USA Swimming spokeswoman Jamie Olsen said she was unable to comment on the reasons for Schubert’s leave because it’s a personnel matter.
Schubert’s departure comes as the governing body holds its national convention in Dallas, where it’s expected to vote on measures to strengthen athlete protection in the wake of numerous allegations of sexual abuse involving coaches and underage swimmers.
There was no indication that the leave was related to the sexual abuse scandal, but it seemed clear the decision was not made by Schubert.
• Interim athletic director at USF: Gary Nelson is the new interim athletic director at the University of San Francisco, replacing Debra Gore-Mann, who resigned.
Nelson has coached the Dons’ men’s golf program since 2005.