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Sports in Brief: Jets' Vick: 'Not an open competition' vs. Geno

Michael Vick when he signed with the New York Jets in March.<br />(AP Photo/New York Jets)
Michael Vick when he signed with the New York Jets in March. (AP Photo/New York Jets)
The New York Jets' open quarterback competition might already be closed. At least, that's what Michael Vick thinks. As far as he's concerned, it's Geno Smith's job to lose.

"I'm wishing the best for Geno," Vick said Thursday during the team's first open media session this offseason. "I'm going to help him each and every day. I'm going to help him get better."

Vick, who signed with New York in March, said this situation is different from last offseason with the Eagles, when he headed into workouts competing with Nick Foles for the starting job.

"We knew, both of us coming in, that it was open competition, and the best guy was going to win the job," he said.

Coach Rex Ryan has said that Vick's presence is expected to help Smith with his development after a shaky rookie season. Ryan also has said Smith will be tough to beat out.

Forty-nine Democratic senators wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urging the Washington Redskins to drop their nickname. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has said repeatedly that he won't change the name of the team because its intent is to honor Native Americans.

Police have issued an arrest warrant for Broncos safety T.J. Ward on an assault charge stemming from a fight at a Denver strip club on May 9.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Connecticut men's coach Kevin Ollie agreed to a five-year, $15 million contract with the national champion Huskies.

Ollie, 41, spent 13 years as an NBA journeyman, including two stints with the 76ers, before returning to his alma mater. He is 52-18 in two seasons with the Huskies.

Florida coach Billy Donovan said that he has spoken to a couple of NBA teams about coaching vacancies but that "I fully plan on being back" next season. Donovan declined to specify which teams called. Detroit, Golden State, the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota, New York, and Utah had openings.

HOCKEY Olympic champion Canada lost in the quarterfinals at the world championships for the fifth straight time when Finland scored late to win, 3-2, in Minsk, Belarus. Iiro Pakarinen netted the game-winner, a wrist shot between the pads of goaltender Ben Scrivens with 3 minutes, 8 seconds left.

Mattias Ekholm scored a third-period goal for defending champion Sweden in a 3-2 win over Belarus, setting up a semifinal against Russia. Finland will play the Czech Republic in the other semifinal on Saturday.

NOTEWORTHY The Arena Football League's Soul re-signed Emery Sammons, a wide receiver out of Norfolk State. . . . Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic upset top-seeded German Angelique Kerber, 7-6 (5), 6-4, to reach the Nuremberg Cup semifinals in Germany. . . . Top-seeded John Isner of the United States lost, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (6), to Argentina's Federico Delbonis in the Nice Open quarterfinals in France.

- Staff and wire reports

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