Sports briefs: USF's Mandala honored

Freshman Sarah Mandala, who led the USF women’s volleyball team to a sweep of St. Mary’s and Santa Clara, has been named West Coast Conference Player of the Week. The Dons had not beaten Santa Clara since Nov. 9, 1989, when Mandala was 3 months old. She had 14 kills and 12 digs vs. St. Mary’s and 11 kills, eight digs, four blocks and two aces vs. Santa Clara.

Vick must repay $20M bonus

The NFL Players Association says it will appeal an arbitrator’s ruling that suspended quarterback Michael Vick must return nearly $20 million in bonus money to the Atlanta Falcons. The team successfully argued Vick used much of his $22 million signing bonus to finance an illegal dogfighting operation in Virginia. Vick signed a 10-year, $130 million contract in December 2004 and the Falcons said the dynamic QB was in violation of the pact upon its signing. Vick is awaiting sentencing following his guilty plea to federal charges stemming from the dogfighting operation. In a highly technical, nine-page ruling, Pennsylvania law professer Stephen B. Burbank said the Falcons were entitled to $3.75 million of the $7.5 million bonus that Vick was paid after signing the deal in 2004, $13.5 million of the $22.5 million in roster, reporting and playing bonuses he was paid in 2005 and 2006, and $2.72 million of the $7 million roster, reporting and playing bonus that he received this year.

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