BOXING

Mayweather jailed, released

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was jailed briefly in Las Vegas Friday on a felony charge after his ex-girlfriend alleged he beat her and stole her cell phone during an argument in front of their three children.

Mayweather, 33, was released from the Clark County jail on $3,000 bail after being booked on a grand larceny charge. He could face up to five years in state prison if he is convicted of taking items valued at less than $2,500. He is scheduled for an initial appearance Nov. 9 in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Josie Harris said Mayweather threatened to kill her in a confrontation about 5 a.m. Thursday. A judge granted a 30-day protective order and Mayweather was served with a copy of it upon his release.

NBA

Nets sign veteran Smith

The Nets signed free-agent forward Joe Smith to a one-year contract and hired Milton Lee as director of basketball operations. The first overall pick in the 1995 draft, Smith is joining his 11th team.

NASCAR

Edwards wins pole at Richmond

Carl Edwards will start from the pole position in the final race of NASCAR's "regular season" Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. The pole is the sixth of his career and second this season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Villanova moving to Big East?

Villanova says the Big East has informed the school it wants to add its football program to the conference. The Wildcats compete in the Big East in all other varsity sports except football. Villanova won the FCS national championship last year and would move up to the Football Bowl Subdivision. University president Peter Donohue wrote in a letter that Villanova will evaluate the opportunity. - AP

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