Sports briefs: Keller starting at Nebraska

A year after being named the starting quarterback at Arizona State and unceremoniously losing the job the next day when coach Dirk Koetter changed his mind, Sam Keller has been tabbed the starter at Nebraska by former Raiders coach Bill Callahan. Keller, a former standout at San Ramon Valley High School in Monte Vista, beat out Joe Ganz for the job.

Vick faces prison time after plea

Following a weekend of soul-searching, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. The punishment, reportedly up to 18 months in prison, puts into question when or even if the multitalented Vick will be able to resume his NFL career. While the plea agreement between Vick and prosecutors reportedly calls for 12 to 18 months in the slammer, it will beU.S. District Judge Henry Hudson who will ultimately decide on how much time Vick will spend in jail. Vick’s plea hearing will be Aug. 27. All three of Vick’s co-defendants have entered into similar plea agreements. "Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to those charges and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made,” lead defense lawyer Billy Martin said in a released statement. “Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter.” The NFL has not yet slapped any penalties on Vick. “We totally condemn the conduct outlined in the charges, which is inconsistent with what Michael Vick previously told both our office and the Falcons.”

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