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Big Ben civil suit stays

A judge in Carson City, Nev., has denied motions by lawyers for Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by a Lake Tahoe casino worker who alleges he raped her in his penthouse suite in 2008.

Washoe District Judge Brent Adams rejected arguments that the suit should be dismissed, saying the woman’s allegations make a “sufficient” claim that if proven, would entitle her to relief. The order was made available Wednesday.

Roethlisberger’s lawyer David Cornwell says that despite the outcome, they are encouraged by the judge’s reasoning.

Cornwell says Adams used a “generous” standard to allow the woman her day in court.

Vick, Nike just do it … again

Michael Vick is back with Nike more than two years after the company severed ties over the quarterback’s involvement in a dogfighting ring.

Michael Principe, managing director of BEST, the agency that represents Vick, announced the deal while participating on a panel at the Sports Sponsorship Symposium in New York.

Segal told SportsBusiness Journal that Vick will wear Nike shoes, gear and apparel, but would not reveal the terms of the agreement.

Quick snaps

Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini benched quarterback Brady Quinn in favor of Derek Anderson. The Browns (0-3) have scored just one touchdown and 29 points in Quinn’s three starts. … The Detroit Lions signed former Seahawks defensive tackle Chuck Darby to a one-year contract. … Cowboys left tackle Flozell Adams was fined by the NFL for the third straight week, the latest for kicking at Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers. Adams was docked $7,500. … LaDainian Tomlinson was back at practice for the first time since spraining his right ankle during the season opener. His status for Sunday is still in doubt… With Miami quarterback Chad Pennington set to undergo surgery to repair his season-ending shoulder injury, Chad Henne will make his first NFL start Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

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