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YANKEE GM TO RESIGN: Bob Watson will have plenty to be proud of when he looks back at his time as general manager of the New York Yankees.

He became the first black GM to win the World Series. He won the championship in his first full season in the Bronx. And he survived more than two years of run-ins with owner George Steinbrenner.

Watson was to announce his resignation Tuesday, The Associated Press learned, and walk away on his own terms from a job that saw many of his predecessors sent packing by the Boss.


DONE DEAL FOR DONAHUE IN DALLAS? All signs are pointing to Terry Donahue as the next Dallas Cowboys coach after the former UCLA coach spent a day at Jerry Jones' mansion for a third interview. Jones isn't saying yet who will succeed Barry Switzer as coach, but he promised an announcement by midweek. A team spokesman said that announcement could come Tuesday.

WRITER BUYS VIKINGS: Novelist Tom Clancy will be the new majority owner of the Minnesota Vikings, current co-owner James Jundt said today.

The purchase price will be about $200 million, said Jundt.

Clancy's bid involves other investors. He would not identify them, but confirmed he was the majority investor and would meet the NFL mandate that each team have one owner with at least a 30 percent share.


TIDE TO TERMINATE COACH: With Alabama stuck in a six-game losing streak and distracted by speculation concerning David Hobbs' future, university officials say the coach will not continue past the end of the season.

Athletic director Bob Bockrath said he discussed making a change with Hobbs for some time but made the announcement Monday to relieve the mounting pressure on Hobbs and his team.