Sports in Brief | Nike drops Vick's latest product line

Posted: July 20, 2007

Michael Vick's legal troubles prompted Nike to suspend the release of its latest product line named after the Atlanta Falcons quarterback.

Nike said yesterday it would not release a fifth signature shoe, the Air Zoom Vick V, this summer.

Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said the four shoe products and three shirts that currently bear Vick's name would remain in stores.

Vick will be arraigned next week in a Richmond, Va., federal courtroom on charges of sponsoring an illegal dogfighting operation.

Elsewhere: Free-agent quarterback Daunte Culpepper met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, two days after the 30-year-old was released by the Miami Dolphins. . . . The New England Patriots signed veteran free-agent linebacker Chad Brown, 36, who played with the club in 2005. . . . Second-round draft choice Samson Satele, a center from Hawaii, signed a four-year, $2.89 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. . . . The Pittsburgh Steelers released wide receiver Gerran Walker and long snapper Jared Retkofsky. . . . The Houston Texans signed rookie linebacker Zac Diles, a seventh-round pick from Kansas State. . . . Arizona agreed to terms on a three-year contract with linebacker Buster Davis, the team's third-round draft pick from Florida State. . . . Tennessee agreed to terms with wide receiver Joel Filani, a sixth-round draft pick from Texas Tech.

Pro basketball

Steve Francis has agreed to a deal with the Houston Rockets, said his agent, Jeff Fried.

Francis spent his first five seasons with the Rockets.

Derek Fisher, who requested a release from the Utah Jazz, cleared waivers and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal the Associated Press reported as three years for $14 million. Fisher, 33, played his first eight seasons with the Lakers.

The Lakers also signed center Chris Mihm to a three-year contract for undisclosed financial terms. The 6-foot-10 center missed last season after reconstructive ankle surgery.

Elsewhere: Travis Diener agreed to a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers. . . . The Indiana Pacers declined to match an offer sheet for $3.8 million over two years that the Toronto Raptors gave Maceo Baston last week. . . . Guard Gerald Wallace signed a six-year, $57 million contract with Charlotte.

Hockey

Al Arbour will return to Long Island for one night to lead the New York Islanders for a record 1,500th time. The Islanders said Arbour would coach the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Nov. 3 - two days after his 75th birthday.

Elsewhere: The San Jose Sharks signed center Logan Couture, the ninth overall selection in last month's draft. . . . Buffalo re-signed forward Daniel Paille, who accepted the Sabres' $585,200 qualifying offer. . . . The Pittsburgh Penguins signed veteran goalie Ty Conklin. . . . The Phoenix Coyotes signed goalie David Aebischer to a one-year contract.

Soccer

Juan Pablo Angel and Juan Toja could be every bit as important to the future of soccer in America as the more famous David Beckham.

The two Colombians, who came to the States this season to play Major League Soccer, each scored goals to lift the MLS all-stars to a 2-0 victory over Celtic FC of Scotland in Commerce City, Colo.

Beckham wore a suit, watched from the commissioner's suite, and made a brief appearance on the field between halves.

During a halftime interview, he said his much-anticipated debut with the Los Angeles Galaxy tomorrow night could be delayed by a nagging left ankle injury that has been slow in healing.

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