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HAWKS SORRY FOR OBSCENE MUSIC: The Atlanta Hawks apologized to their fans for playing music that contained obscenities over the loudspeakers during Saturday night's "Family Night" game against the Boston Celtics.

The team's regular sound person wasn't working when the song "Party Up" by rap-music artist DMX was played, the Hawks said in a statement.

"We are deeply sorry," the statement said. "We should be held to a higher standard, and on this occasion, we dropped the ball. This was an unfortunate mistake that will never happen again."

MAD MAX JAILED ON WARRANT: Former NBA player Vernon Maxwell was being held Monday on a felony charge of failing to pay about $160,000 in child support.

State Attorney Bill Cervone said Monday that the $160,000 includes interest through last fall for the 14-year-old son Maxwell has with Myra Jenkins of Gainesville.

KEMP SIGNS WITH USBL TEAM: Former NBA All-Star Shawn Kemp signed Monday to play for the USBL's Oklahoma Storm, a team he partly owns.

Kemp, who played in the NBA for 14 seasons, was a six-time All-Star before weight problems and substance abuse derailed his career. He's expected to make his debut Friday against Cedar Rapids.