No assault, says lawyer for Big Ben

A high-profile defense attorney hired by Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Monday disputed a college student's claim that the two-time Super Bowl winner sexually assaulted her at a Georgia nightclub.

The 20-year-old told police Roethlisberger, who had been out barhopping with friends, assaulted her early Friday. Roethlisberger has not been charged.

“The facts show that there was no criminal activity. No sexual assault occurred,” attorney Ed Garland said in a statement Monday.

Milledgeville police said at a press conference that they expect to interview Roethlisberger in the next several days. They said they have not taken a DNA sample from him but probably will.

Authorities also said the woman has hired an attorney, though they would not identify him or her. The woman’s name has not been released.

Roethlisberger, who owns a home about 30 miles north of Milledgeville on Lake Oconee, is also being sued by a woman who claims he raped her in 2008 at a hotel-casino in Lake Tahoe, Nev., an allegation he strongly denies.

Extra points

Michael Vick is getting one more big check from the Philadelphia Eagles. A person with knowledge of the contract said the Eagles will pay Vick a $1.5 million roster bonus due today. … The Eagles and restricted free agent wide receiver Jason Avant agreed on a five-year contract. He had a career-best 41 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns last season as Philadelphia’s slot receiver. … A night after being wined and dined by the Bills, offensive tackle Cornell Green signed a three-year contract with Buffalo. … Quarterback Chad Pennington signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. He’s expected to back up Chad Henne, who replaced him when Pennington got injured last season.