Donovan McNabb will start the Philadelphia Eagles' playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night, his first action in nearly two months.

The two-time Pro Bowl quarterback hasn't played since breaking his right ankle against the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 17.

"I'm excited about where I'm at and getting back on the field," McNabb said yesterday. "I'm able to do a lot of things I was able to do before I got hurt, and I learned a lot by watching."

The Eagles were 7-3 with McNabb, who was having the best season of his four-year career.

McNabb completed 211 of 361 passes (58 percent) for 2,289 yards and 17 touchdowns, with six interceptions in 10 games.

He ran for 460 yards and six touchdowns.

McNabb practiced for the first time with the team last week, taking all the snaps in practice Thursday and Friday. . . .

Steelers safety Mike Logan will miss the rest of the season after major knee surgery.

He was hurt while making an interception in the third quarter of Sunday's 36-33 playoff victory over Cleveland. . . .

Fired Cowboys coach Dave Campo met with Seattle's Mike Holmgren about the Seahawks' vacant defensive coordinator job. Holmgren fired Steve Sidwell on Dec. 31. . . .

Browns defensive coordinator Foge Fazio retired, two days after Cleveland blew a 17-point lead in the second half and lost to Pittsburgh.

Also, defensive line coach Ray Hamilton was fired.

Pro Basketball

Tapscott Hired

Former American University coach Ed Tapscott was named executive vice president of the NBA expansion franchise in Charlotte, which will begin play in 2004-05.

The team's owner, Robert Johnson, and Tapscott have known each other nearly two decades -- since Tapscott's wife worked as a marketing executive for Johnson's Black Entertainment Television cable network.

After coaching at AU and working in sports management, Tapscott was the New York Knicks' vice president of player personnel and basketball operations during the 1990s. Recently, he worked as a TV analyst for Fox Sports and Comcast SportsNet.


Columbus's King Fired

General Manager Doug MacLean wanted to see more progress in the Columbus Blue Jackets' third season. So he fired Coach Dave King and gave himself the job.

At 14-20-4-2, the Blue Jackets have the worst record in the Western Conference.

"Dave was certainly preaching the right things. There just wasn't a consistent performance," said MacLean, also the team's president. King, who came to Columbus after three seasons as an assistant with the Montreal Canadiens, leaves with a 64-106-21-13 record as the franchise's only head coach. . . .

Minnesota Wild goaltender Manny Fernandez will miss about a month with a sprained left knee. An MRI exam showed that Fernandez has a second-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament.


Trouble at Tenn. St.

Tennessee State wants to fire men's basketball coach Nolan Richardson III, who told campus police he brought a gun into the gym after an argument with an assistant coach on Christmas night.

Richardson, son of former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, was indefinitely suspended Dec. 26. Athletic Director Teresa Phillips said he was suspended "pending termination proceedings."

He is "not allowed on the campus premises, nor is he allowed any contact with athletics personnel," she said in a statement.

Phillips filed a complaint with university police that was obtained by the Associated Press. Bringing a weapon on the campus violates Tennessee law and is grounds for immediate dismissal.

Meantime, the NCAA is investigating Richardson and his staff for possible violations of recruiting and practice rules.


Player Not Charged

A Dec. 13 story about former University of Florida basketball player James White stated that White had been arrested in connection with an incident involving a paintball gun.

White was arrested by campus police for violations of the student code of conduct but did not face criminal charges.