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JETS SIGN TESTAVERDE: Quarterback Vinny Testaverde signed with the Jets, who waived Neil O'Donnell, their starting quarterback until midway through last season.

Testaverde's one-year deal with an option gives him $1.5 million this year, and possibly $5 million if he reaches all incentives.

In 11 NFL seasons with Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Baltimore, the 1986 Heisman Trophy winner has thrown for 29,223 yards, 175 touchdowns and 183 interceptions.

O'Donnell came to the Jets as a free agent after leading Pittsburgh to four straight playoff berths, including the 1996 Super Bowl.

VIKINGS OFFER CARTER BIG $: The Vikings have offered Cris Carter a $22 million, four-year contract extension. The deal's $5.5 million average would blow away the $4.2 million average of Thigpen's deal with the Tennessee Oilers.

But that might not be enough to lock Carter up for several more years. He is believed to be after a deal worth at least $6 million a season.

UTAH PREP ALL-STARS: The Utah Prep All-Stars, a collection of about 30 recently graduated high school football standouts from the 2A through 5A ranks, defeated the Texas All-Stars 16-6 at the Down Under Bowl Wednesday in Brisbane, Australia.

Utah will play the winner of the Florida-Louisiana game later this week.


STEINBERG THINKING OF SELLING: The sports agent who was the main model for Tom Cruise's character in "Jerry Maguire" is thinking of selling out.

Leigh Steinberg, the super-agent who is said to be the main inspiration for Maguire, and associate Jeff Moorad have been talking with six major corporations about the possibility of selling their Newport Beach-based company.

"We're in the listening mode," Steinberg said in Tuesday's Orange County Register. "We're narrowing down the list of prospective buyers."

Both partners would remain with Steinberg and Moorad if it is sold, Steinberg said.


QUINN COULD BE LEAFS' NEXT COACH: The Toronto Maple Leafs could name Pat Quinn as the team's new head coach as early as today, the Toronto Star reported.

The newspaper reported in today's editions that Quinn flew to Toronto on Wednesday for discussions with the NHL team.

Quinn, 55, was fired from his post as president and general manager of the Vancouver Canucks early last season.


CRAWFORD CHARGED, RESIGNS: NBA referee Joseph Crawford was charged with tax fraud in a federal information, the eighth NBA official named in an airline ticket scheme.

Crawford, 46, offered his resignation to the league and will plead guilty, his lawyers said.

NBA officials were accused of downgrading first-class airline tickets purchased by the league for cheaper seats and pocketing the difference without telling the IRS.

MAGLOIRE IN TROUBLE: Expressing concern about his program's image, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith will discipline center Jamaal Magloire for riding in a vehicle with two men arrested on drug possession charges.

Smith issued a written statement criticizing Magloire and other Kentucky players who've had brushes with the law since winning its seventh national title.

Magloire, a 20-year-old from Toronto, went free when officers who searched him found no drugs.

Horse racing

SILVER CHARM OUT OF GOLD CUP: Silver Charm will miss Sunday's Hollywood Gold Cup after developing a 102-degree fever, leaving the spotlight to rivals Skip Away and Gentlemen.

Silver Charm worked five furlongs in 58 3-5 seconds Tuesday at Santa Anita and trainer Bob Baffert said the 4-year-old colt was on track for the $1 million race.

But Baffert discovered the fever Wednesday morning. The colt's temperature, taken daily, reached 102 degrees, more than a degree above normal. Silver Charm also avoided his feed.