- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

From combined dispatches

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t revealing when he’ll decide whether to reinstate Michael Vick now that the former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback has been released from federal custody.

“The process is ongoing, and I hope to make a decision sometime in the near future,” Goodell said Tuesday, a day after Vick’s home confinement ended. He wouldn’t define what “near future” means.

Vick served 23 months of a federal sentence for a dogfighting conviction.

NFL training camps open for veterans next week. Goodell would not say when he’ll meet with Vick.

“We’re not going to give any details right now,” he said.

The commissioner has said he wants to see remorse and evidence of change from the player he suspended indefinitely.

Even if Goodell reinstates Vick, the 29-year-old quarterback still would have to find a team willing to sign him.

DOLPHINS: Singer Marc Anthony is the latest music star to join forces with Miami.

The team announced he will become a minority owner. Singer Gloria Estefan and her husband, producer Emilio Estefan, also bought a small stake in the club last month.

New Dolphins owner Stephen Ross also began a partnership in May with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville enterprise, which includes Land Shark Lager. Buffett has yet to accept Ross’ invitation to become a minority owner, but the Dolphins’ stadium has been renamed Land Shark Stadium for this season.

Anthony will perform the national anthem on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Oct. 12 against the New York Jets as part of the NFL’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Anthony is married to singer-actress Jennifer Lopez. He has sold more than 10 million albums and is also an actor.

Ross, a New York real estate billionaire, completed his purchase of the Dolphins in January from Wayne Huizenga and quickly set out to rebrand the franchise. He has said he wants to fill up the stands with “a blend of entertainment and winning football.”