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It's all in a name: Kareem sues Karim

Kareem has filed a lawsuit against Karim.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's career leading scorer, is asking a judge to bar Karim Abdul-Jabbar, a running back for the Miami Dolphins, from using that name, court papers showed Thursday.

The former Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers center also wants a federal judge to award him damages and immediately stop the sale of merchandise with the running back's name on it.

Both men attended UCLA, but more than 25 years apart, before starting their professional careers.

According to the complaint filed in Los Angeles, lawyers for Abdul-Jabbar contacted Sharmon Shah two years ago, after Shah decided to change his name to Karim Abdul-Jabbar.

According to the lawsuit, in a letter dated Oct. 24, 1995, "before the defendant ever had an opportunity to commercially exploit that name, plaintiffs suggested that defendant reconsider his adoption of the name Karim Abdul-Jabbar name and instead select another name."

The elder Abdul-Jabbar's birth name was Lew Alcindor.

Shah, born a Muslim, "could have adopted a wide range of names other than Karim Abdul-Jabbar to replace his then-current name," the suit states.

CHIEFS: QB Elvis Grbac plans to return this season. "I'd like to be back in four or five weeks," said Grbac, who broke his left collarbone in Monday night's victory over Pittsburgh. "I'll see where I am then. If I'm healing just fine, then we'll see what the doctors say."

JAGUARS: CB Aaron Beasley, out indefinitely since breaking a bone in his hip Oct. 5, should be able to start working himself back toward playing again. Beasley had an MRI, and coach Tom Coughlin said the results were "positive _ football positive."

PACKERS: DT Gilbert Brown avoided jail after telling a judge he was sorry for striking his live-in girlfriend in a quarrel last summer.

Brown County Circuit Judge Sue Bischel sentenced the 350-pound lineman to a year's probation and ordered him to have anger management counseling, perform 20 hours of community service and pay $130 in court costs. Brown faced a possible maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. DB LeRoy Butler signed a five-year extension believed to be worth $15-million, including a $5-million signing bonus.

REDSKINS: WR Michael Westbrook, who missed three games with a sprained left knee, practiced at full speed for a second straight day and seems virtually certain of playing Sunday against Detroit. Thanks to the opening of Jack Kent Cooke Stadium the team is one of the most profitable teams in the league. After only four home games, the team has grossed more than $16-million from general ticket sales _ the most in the NFL.

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