Sports in Brief: Saints' LB Vilma files another suit

Posted: July 03, 2012

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suing the NFL in federal court, claiming Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to make a timely appeal ruling regarding Vilma's season-long suspension in connection with the league's bounty investigation.

The lawsuit, filed Saturday night in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, also asks for a temporary restraining order to allow Vilma to continue playing if Goodell upholds the suspension.

Vilma claims the NFL's collective bargaining agreement required Goodell to rule as soon as was practical following a June 18 appeal hearing. Because players, in protest, declined to present new evidence or argue their case in the hearing, Goodell should have been able to rule by June 25, the first business day after the record was closed in the matter, the lawsuit argues.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that matter is covered by the collective bargaining agreement.

COLLEGES:Marcus Jordan, the son of former NBA great Michael Jordan and a player for Central Florida, was arrested in Omaha, Neb., early Sunday.

According to a news release, police responding to a call at the Embassy Suites found hotel security trying to subdue Marcus Jordan, who was having an argument with two women in the hotel driveway at 2:11 a.m.

The release said Jordan was "very animated, intoxicated and uncooperative," and it took multiple officers to control and handcuff him.

Jordan was booked at the Douglas County Department of Corrections for resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and obstructing. He had been released by Sunday night.

Jordan Hall, Ohio State's projected starter at running back, will be out for about 10 weeks after undergoing surgery on Friday for a cut on the bottom of his right foot, coach Urban Meyer said. Hall was walking in grass outside his residence in Columbus when he cut his foot, Meyer said.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Former Eagles running back Thomas Tapeh was named head coach at Woodrow Wilson High in Camden.

Tapeh, 32, was the Birds' fifth-round choice in 2004 and played three seasons with the team, missing all of 2005 with a hip injury. He retired after the 2008 season which he spend in Minnesota.

The 32-year-old Tapeh replaced Chris Crowley, who resigned after the 2011 season when he led the Tigers to a 7-4 record and the South Jersey playoffs.

CYCLING: With the first three races of the Chesco Grand Prix in the books, the powerful Canadian Team of Garneau-Quebecor leads the team standings and their top rider, Bruno Langlois, 33, of Quebec City has captured the top spot in all three races.

After three of eight events, the Garneau-Quebecor Team has a commanding, 59-96, lead over Germany's Rudy Project. American team Lea's Pure Energy ProAir-HFA is third with 137 points.

- Staff and wire reports

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