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NEW YORK (AP) -- Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is launching a sports clothing line called V7 that will be sold exclusively at East Coast sporting goods chain Modell's. The line is the latest image-restoration move for Vick, who spent 18 months in federal prison after being convicted of bankrolling a dogfighting ring and was released in 2009. He is now among the highest-paid players in the NFL, and recently married longtime fiancee Kijafa Frink. Vick has re-signed with Nike and added other endorsements for companies such as MusclePharm Corp. He has also since spoken out about animal cruelty. The line includes technical athletic clothing such as T-shirts, shorts and tank tops. Prices are 12.99 for children's clothes and 19.99 for adult clothes. Part of the proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Philadelphia. It was developed in a licensing partnership with celebrity clothing-line mogul Ruby Azrak and former ICM talent agent Brian Sher, Modell's confirmed. Vick led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 10-6 record and an NFC East title in 2010, and was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He faced injuries and inconsistent performance in the 2011 season. The 2012 NFL season begins Sept. 5.
OWINGS MILLS – The rookie who makes the most impact on the Ravens’ pass rush immediately could be fifth-round pick Matt Judon.
Second-round pick Kamalei Correa has faded into the background since early in camp, and third-round pick Bronson Kaufusi (broken ankle) suffered a season-ending injury. Meanwhile, Judon keeps making plays. He had his third sack of the preseason against the Lions, and when the Ravens host the Bills to open the regular season, Judon should see snaps as a situational pass rusher.
Judon wanted to impress Ravens coach John Harbaugh playing against the Lions’ starters Saturday night. Mission accomplished.
“I thought he stepped up,” Harbaugh said. “I thought he answered the call. He had a big sack for us and played fast. The speed of the game for him coming from the Division II level (Grand Valley State) is going to be a transition. It is way faster (in the NFL). This is way faster than the Southeastern Conference, let alone where he is used to playing. But he is really catching up with the speed very quickly.”
The Ravens believe they have at least four effective edge rushers in Terrell Suggs, Elvis Dumervil, Za’Darius Smith, and Judon to attack quarterbacks starting Week 1. Suggs and Dumervil, two veterans coming off injuries, are unlikely to have midseason stamina during the first few games. That makes Smith and Judon even more important as younger pass rushers who will need to be effective immediately.
Suggs likes what he sees from Judon. So do all the Ravens.
“He gets on the passer,” Suggs said. “When you can rush the passer by community, it makes you a pretty much deadly team, and we like that.”
Tonight's Game: Toronto Blue Jays (75-56) vs. Baltimore Orioles (71-60), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.
Starting pitchers: J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.19) vs. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.62)
Keys to the Game:
Can the Orioles win the last two games of the series against the Blue Jays? They trail them by a season-high four games in the AL East race.
The last time Jimenez started a game against Toronto, he allowed five runs on six hits while recording just one out. He'll have to do better, much better.
News and Notes:
In Happ's last start, he allowed four runs on six hits in five innings, losting for the first time since June 6. He had won 11 straight decisions.
Happ is 4-3 with a 3.48 ERA in 11 games against the Orioles.
Steve Pearce is 9-for-25 (.360) with four home runs and 11 RBIs against Happ.
Jimenez is 6-5 with a 4.91 ERA in 16 games against the Blue Jays.
Jose Bautista is 3-for-33 (.091) against Jimenez. Michael Saunders is 6-for-17 (.438) with three home runs and seven RBIs.
Looking at a weather forecast map that has a yet-unnamed tropical depression set to wreak havoc on the Tampa area starting Thursday afternoon, the Bucs organization called an audible. Working with the NFL and the Redskins, they decided to move the preseason game that was schedule to be played on Thursday to Wednesday.
It was really their only choice. A little bad weather doesn’t stop a football game but when things get to the point where the safety of spectators could be in danger and staging the game would tie up police and emergency personnel who would be needed elsewhere you have to make the decision to move it.
Postponing it until Friday was a nonstarter. In addition to the logistics of hotels that may be booked and possible cleanup from the storm going on, NFL teams cut their rosters to 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday. That would leave the Redskins and Bucs coaches very little time to make their final evaluations.
When the Redskins announced the time change they also noted that their annual Welcome Home Luncheon will be held as scheduled on Wednesday. Although they haven’t yet announced their plans it appears that they will go straight from the event to the airport. They will get off of the plane in Tampa, bus to the stadium, play the game, then get back on the bus to the airport, and head back to Dulles.
This all creates a bit of a disruption to everyone’s schedule but if it’s going to happen, it’s better for it to happen at this time of year. Teams really aren’t in any sort of routine now with preseason games scheduled at varying times during the week. There is minimal concern for playing games too close together since most of the players who will participate in the game tomorrow played sparingly last Friday against the Bills.
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