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It's official -- Kidd to Mavs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Jason Kidd era is over in New Jersey.

New Jersey and Dallas on Tuesday completed a trade sending the All-Star to the Mavericks, who now have one of the NBA's best point guards as they look toward the playoffs. This will be Kidd's second stint with Dallas.

The eight-player deal, in the making since before the All-Star break, sends Kidd, forward Malik Allen and guard Antoine Wright to Dallas for point guard Devin Harris, center DeSagana Diop and swingman Maurice Ager, plus retired forward Keith Van Horn and Trenton Hassell. New Jersey also gets two first-round draft picks and $3 million.

Van Horn and Hassell replaced Jerry Stackhouse and Devean George in an original trade proposal. Stackhouse's presence in the deal was muddled by plans to get him back to Dallas -- within the rules, although in a way the league frowned upon -- and George used his veto power to block his involvement.

Trade rumors had followed Kidd since last season when the Nets nearly pulled off a deal to send him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Last month he publicly demanded to be traded, starting a new round of rumors that have hung over the team for the last three weeks.

• MLB/NFL -- Bob Howsam, who assembled the Big Red Machine in Cincinnati, helped put St. Louis in a World Series and co-founded the Denver Broncos, died Tuesday in Sun City, Ariz. He was 89.

Howsam had heart problems, said his son, Robert Howsam of Colorado Springs.

In a career that bridged two sports and several leagues, Howsam's guiding principle was that the fans came first, his son said.

• NFL -- San Francisco waived linebacker Derek Smith, cutting ties with its longtime leading tackler whose role was assumed last season by rookie Patrick Willis.

Smith, an 11-year pro who signed a three-year contract extension before the 2006 season, was due to make $3.28 million in base salary next season despite his dwindling role on the San Francisco defense. Willis, the NFL's defensive rookie of the year, took over Smith's role as the 49ers' defensive leader and top tackler.

• Houston receiver and kick returner Jerome Mathis was arrested and charged with choking his pregnant common-law wife.

Deputies went to Mathis's home in Manvel, about 25 miles south of Houston, after getting a 911 call. Erica Smith told deputies the player had pushed her onto a bed and started choking her. The 26-year-old woman refused medical treatment but said she is six months pregnant.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Dickey Nutt resigned after 13 seasons as Arkansas State's basketball coach and he will step down immediately.

Nutt announced his departure at a news conference in Jonesboro.

Arkansas State (9-17, 4-11 Sun Belt) has lost seven consecutive games.

Assistants Shawn Forrest and Al Grushkin will take over as co-interim head coaches. The Indians have three games remaining in the regular season, starting Thursday night at Arkansas-Little Rock.

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