September 26, 2007 in Sports

In brief: More dogfighting charges on way for Vick

The Spokesman-Review
 

Michael Vick, already looking at a federal prison term for bankrolling a dogfighting operation in rural Virginia, now faces two state charges that could get him more prison time if he’s convicted.

After a Surry County grand jury indicted the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three co-defendants Tuesday at Sussex, Va., Vick’s lawyers indicated they will fight the state charges on the grounds that he can’t be convicted twice of the same crime.

The NFL star, scheduled for sentencing Dec. 10 after pleading guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges, faces state charges of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting. Each felony is punishable by up to five years in prison. Arraignments are set for Oct. 3.

Auto racing

Edwards penalized

Carl Edwards was docked 25 points because his race-winning car failed inspection at Dover International Raceway.

The penalty drops Edwards from third in the Chase for the championship standings to sixth. He’s 28 points behind series leader Jeff Gordon.

Team owner Jack Roush, who celebrated his 100th win Sunday with Edwards’ victory, also was docked 25 owner points and crew chief Bob Osborne was fined $25,000.

“Tony Raines was fined $15,000 and docked 25 Busch Series points for throwing his helmet at Robby Gordon at Saturday’s race at Dover International Raceway.

Basketball

Bobcats replace Curry

Former Milwaukee Bucks assistant Mike Sanders was hired to replace Dell Curry, who stepped down as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Curry changed his mind three months after accepting the position, saying he was concerned about the time commitment of the job.

“Corliss Williamson is set to retire from the NBA and become an assistant coach at Arkansas Baptist College, the school’s athletic director said.

Miscellany

Landis: system corrupt

Floyd Landis addressed his fans in a letter on his Web site, saying that having his 2006 Tour de France title stripped by an arbitration panel served some good because “we have shown that the anti-doping system is corrupt.”

Last week, an arbitration panel voted 2-1 to uphold Landis’ positive doping tests from last year’s Tour de France. It means he is stripped of the title and banned from cycling for two years, retroactive to Jan. 30.

“Bob Cornell, a former owner and governor of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, is in critical condition in a Wisconsin hospital following a car crash.

Cornell, 69, crashed Monday morning after suffering a heart attack while driving outside of Green Bay, Wis., according to a statement released by the hockey club.

“Memorial Coliseum in Portland will host the Davis Cup final between the United States and defending champion Russia from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.


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