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FOOTBALL

Chargers give Turner three-year extension

Like it or not, Chargers fans, coach Norv Turner will be around for four more years.

The Chargers announced Monday night that the oft-maligned coach is getting a three-year contract extension through 2013.

The extension came just more than 24 hours after the Chargers were shocked 17-14 by the New York Jets in the divisional playoffs, renewing calls by some fans for Turner to be fired.

Also: San Diego police briefly handcuffed Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson and impounded his car following a traffic stop just hours before Sunday’s loss to the Jets.

Jackson was pulled over for playing loud music and was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags.

ESPN.com reported Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has decided head coach Wade Phillips will return next season despite the team’s 34-3 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Denver Broncos and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan are parting ways.

Nolan is the third member of coach Josh McDaniels’ staff to depart following an 8-8 finish. Offensive line coach Rick Dennison left for Houston. Running backs coach Bobby Turner was reunited with Mike Shanahan in Washington.

Scott Turner, a Pitt offensive assistant the past two years, and Norv Turner’s son, is now the Panthers’ wide receivers coach. Turner was a backup UNLV quarterback in 2002 and 2003. He completed 3 of 6 passes for 12 yards in two games in 2003.

BASEBALL

Pujols proud of Big Mac for admitting mistake

Albert Pujols supports Mark McGwire, both for acknowledging his use of steroids and in his new role as hitting coach with St. Louis.

“I told him I’m proud of him for admitting what he used,” Pujols said at the team’s Winter Warm-Up. “Everybody makes mistakes.”

Pujols rejected the notion McGwire made the admission to revive his chances of getting voted to the Hall of Fame.

“I think he cleared up everything; he closed the doors,” Pujols said. “There’s 300,000 people that just died in Haiti, and you guys just want to concentrate on Mark McGwire. Come on, give me a break.”

Also: Jose Offerman was banned for life by the Dominican winter league for throwing a punch at an umpire during an argument on the baseball field.

MISCELLANEOUS

No. 4 Findlay Prep tops No. 1 St. Patrick (N.J.)

Cory Joseph had 23 points and nine rebounds to help Findlay Prep hold on for a 71-70 win over St. Patrick (N.J.) at the Spalding Hoophall Classic at Springfield, Mass., in a game televised on ESPNU.

St. Patrick (11-1) entered the game ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Today, with Findlay Prep (22-1) at No. 4. With the victory, the Pilots move to No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25 rankings.

“It’s great for our guys. I haven’t been prouder of our guys since last April,” Findlay Prep coach Michael Peck said, referring to the Pilots’ National High School Invitational title. “This equals that.”

Joseph missed most of the third quarter battling what Peck said were leg cramps, but he returned to score seven points in the fourth.

Also: Maya Moore scored 14 of her 20 points in the second half as No.1 Connecticut (18-0) claimed its 57th straight win by routing No. 6 Duke 81-48 in Durham, N.C.

Former Olympic swimmers Matt Grevers and Katie Hoff won the top overall awards at the Southern California Grand Prix in Long Beach, Calif. Michael Phelps won gold in the 100-yard butterfly.

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