NFL: Michael Vick is back with Nike two years after the company severed ties over the quarterback’s involvement in a dogfighting ring.
“Mike has a long-standing, great relationship with Nike, and he looks forward to continuing that relationship,” his agent, Joel Segal, said Wednesday.
Segal would not reveal terms of the agreement. Nike would not comment.
The endorsement is the latest step forward for Vick as he seeks to rehabilitate his career and his image after serving 18 months in federal prison.
Nike, which signed Vick as a rookie in 2001, terminated his contract in August 2007 after the Atlanta Falcons star filed a plea agreement admitting his involvement in the dogfighting ring. At the time, Nike called cruelty to animals “inhumane, abhorrent and unacceptable” and halted release of his fifth signature shoe, the Air Zoom Vick V.
Also, Vick has agreed to repay at least $416,000 that he is accused of illegally withdrawing from a pension plan. The Labor Department said the payment settles a lawsuit against Vick for making transfers from the plan sponsored by a celebrity marketing company he once owned.
Vick also will pay a civil penalty of more than $80,000 and forfeit any rights to benefits from the plan.
•Quinn benched in favor of Anderson: Derek Anderson will replace Brady Quinn and start at quarterback for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday against Cincinnati.
Coach Eric Mangini has decided to go with Anderson, a Pro Bowler in 2007, over Quinn, a former first-round draft pick who opened the season as Cleveland’s starter, but was benched at halftime last Sunday in Baltimore.
•Fox sticks with Delhomme: Though Jake Delhomme has just two TD passes and seven interceptions, he will remain winless Carolina’s starting quarterback.
Asked if Delhomme was still his guy moving forward, Panthers coach John Fox left no doubt.
“I didn’t think that was a question, but if that needs to be clarified, yes with a capital ‘Y,’ ” Fox said.
College football: Daniel Porter ran for 160 yards and two touchdowns and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (2-2, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) rolled to a 27-6 win over the Hawaii Warriors (2-2, 0-1) in Ruston, La.
Hawaii’s streak of 62 games with at least one TD ended.
•Tebow improves: Florida coach Urban Meyer said quarterback Tim Tebow is improving after sustaining a concussion during a third-quarter sack in a win over Kentucky on Saturday.
Meyer said on the weekly Southeastern Conference teleconference that Tebow “looked terrific” when he saw him late Tuesday night.
•Yankee Stadium will host bowl game: The teams are set, one from the Big East, one from the Big 12. The site: the new $1.5 billion Yankee Stadium.
Now all the new bowl game in the Bronx needs is a name before its debut in December 2010.
The leagues and the New York Yankees have a four-year agreement in place, running through the 2013 season. The payout to each team will be about $2 million.
The Yankees had already struck a deal with Army for the Black Knights to play four regular-season games at the stadium in the next five years. That starts next season with a game against Notre Dame.
Sundin shelves skates
NHL: Former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin is retiring from hockey after nearly two decades in the NHL.
The 38-year-old played for Vancouver last season after spending most of his NHL career with Toronto.
Sundin, an eight-time NHL All-Star, is first all-time among Swedish players with 564 goals, 785 assists and 1,349 points. He never won a Stanley Cup.
•Bids for Coyotes rejected: The NHL could claim a partial victory after a U.S. bankruptcy judge rejected bids by the league and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes.
Judge Redfield T. Baum rejected Balsillie’s offer to purchase the team and move it to Hamilton, Ontario, which the NHL had vehemently opposed. The judge upheld the league’s right to decide who owns its teams and where they play.
Although Baum also turned down the NHL offer, he left the door open for the league to go ahead and purchase the franchise if it amends its bid.
Indians fire Wedge
MLB: The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Eric Wedge in the final days of a terrible season.
Wedge guided the Indians to one playoff appearance in seven seasons, and this year the club fell out of contention early.
Wedge will finish out the season as manager.
•Moyer’s season over: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer will have season-ending surgery after tearing muscles in his groin and lower abdomen.
Moyer, 46, was 12-10 with a 4.94 ERA. He was injured on his final pitch against Houston on Tuesday.
Kuwait tops Iraq
Miscellany: The first Kuwaiti sports team to play in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion celebrated its return with a victory. The Kuwait Sports Club soccer team defeated Irbil 1-0 in Irbil.
Ferrari signs Alonso: Ferrari signed Fernando Alonso a year earlier than originally planned, reaching an agreement with the two-time Formula One world champion for three years beginning next season.
After announcing the deal, both team and driver revealed they had an agreement that Alonso would sign with Ferrari for the 2011 season, only for the Italian team to reach a legal settlement with ousted driver Kimi Raikkonen in recent days and bring that date forward.