Michael Vick was ordered by commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to stay away from the Atlanta Falcons’ training camp until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him.
“While it is for the criminal justice system to determine your guilt or innocence, it is my responsibility as commissioner of the National Football League to determine whether your conduct, even if not criminal, nonetheless violated league policies, including the Personal Conduct Policy,” Goodell said in a letter to the quarterback.
The NFL said Vick would still get his preseason pay and Goodell told the Falcons to withhold any disciplinary action of their own until the league’s review was completed.
Goodell told Vick the league would complete its review quickly and that he expected full cooperation. The review is expected to involve conversations with federal law enforcement officials so the NFL can determine the strength of the case against Vick.
TOUR DE FRANCE: Alexandre Vinokourov was upstaged even in victory. The Kazakh rider won the 15th stage of the Tour de France on Monday with a gutsy performance that was overshadowed by the challenges facing overall leader Michael Rasmussen.
The Dane weathered several attacks from main rival Alberto Contador to defend the yellow jersey in what is becoming a two-man race, but took an unexpected hit when the head of cycling’s governing body, UCI chief Pat McQuaid, said the doping speculation surrounding Rasmussen would make it bad for the sport if he won the Tour.
McQuaid added, however, that the Danish rider has “broken no rules, so from that point of view ... you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.”
YOUTH SOFTBALL: The Columbia Crush, a 14-and-younger fastpitch softball team took second-place in the American Fastpitch Association national tournament in Lawrence, Kan., over the weekend. The Crush won their first eight games in the tournament before the Wichita Waves beat them twice to win the title.
BASEBALL: Rollie Stiles, a former St. Louis Brown who was believed to be the oldest former major leaguer, died Sunday in St. Louis County. He was 100.
Born Nov. 17, 1906, in Ratcliff, Ark., Stiles pitched for the Browns in 1930, 1931 and 1933. Among the hitters he faced: Babe Ruth.
The Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles after the 1953 season. Bill Borst, co-founder of the Browns fan club, said Stiles’ death leaves 63 surviving Browns. He said only about 10 major leaguers have lived to be 100, “and four of them were old Brownies.”With Stiles’ death, several online sites list Billy Werber, 99, as the oldest ex-major leaguer.