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Sports in brief: Vick can play by 3rd game

NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell says Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is eligible to play beginning in the third game of the regular season.

Goodell met with Vick for 45 minutes Thursday before announcing his decision. After the meeting, Vick played in the exhibition game against the Jets and scored his first NFL touchdown since the 2006 season. He scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.

Previously, Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by no later than Week 6.

Vick was released from federal custody July 20 after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in a dogfighting ring.

“I think he’s making real progress,” Goodell said. “I think he has a better feel for the challenges ahead of him.”

A three-time Pro Bowl pick during six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick received a one-year deal from the Eagles for $1.6 million with an option for a second year at $5.2 million.

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Chiefs tickets on sale today

Hockey: Individual tickets for the Spokane Chiefs’ season go on sale at 9 a.m. today.

The schedule features 25 weekend dates, including 13 on Saturday nights. The Chiefs open the season Sept. 26 with their first of 12 games, six at home and six away, with the Tri-City Americans. It will be the 18th time in the past 20 years that the Chiefs have played the Americans in their home opener.

Individual tickets range from $9-17. You can buy tickets by calling 535-PUCK (7825) or go to spokanechiefs.com. You can also call TicketsWest at (800) 325-SEAT or at any TicketsWest outlets.

UCLA will open despite fires

College football: UCLA will go ahead with its season-opening game against San Diego State at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, despite the wildfire in the nearby San Gabriel Mountains.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero said the decision to play was made after consulting with Pasadena officials and discussing projected air quality conditions at the venerable stadium.

The Rose Bowl is less than 10 miles south of the fires burning in the Angeles National Forest.

Guerrero said UCLA will monitor the situation. The forecast for Saturday calls for sunny skies and a high of 90 degrees.

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