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Looking somber and speaking "from the heart," Michael Vick apologized Monday for "using bad judgment and making bad decisions" and vowed to redeem himself after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting charge. "I'm totally responsible, and those things just didn't have to happen," Vick said. He later added, "I was not honest and forthright in our discussions." Vick formally entered the plea in U.S. District Court. Sentencing was set for Dec. and Vick could be sent to prison for one to five years. Vick was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last week. 5C

U.S. Open salutes pioneer Gibson

Singer Aretha Franklin and nearly two dozen other pioneering black women were a formidable presence at opening night of the U.S. Open to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Althea Gibson's 1957 title. Gibson was the first black player, man or woman, to win the tournament. On the court, Serena and Venus Williams cruised to wins on Day  1. 5C

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Bidders eating up chewed Vick cards

Artist and dog lover Rochelle Steffen of Cape Girardeau, Mo., hoped to raise $100 when she put chewed-up Vick trading cards on eBay. But through Monday night, the bid stood at $7,300. Bidding closes Wednesday morning. The 22 cards were chewed on by Steffen's two dogs. At first, proceeds were to be donated to the humane society of the bidder's choice. But after eBay yanked the sale because it broke the site's rule on charity auction, Steffen reposted it saying she'd do "very good" things with the money. She might have started a trend: Several others posted chewed-up Vick cards on eBay on Monday.

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Vick on airwaves?

Vick was (as of Monday night) scheduled to be on the Tom Joyner Morning Show today. The radio show airs locally from 6-10 a.m. on 1150-AM and 96.1-FM.

History meets best of today's Top 25

Review past glories from every program in AP's preseason Top 25 poll, in ascending order, with ESPN Classic's 50-hour college football marathon, beginning at 5 p.m. today. Set your VCR (or get up really early) for 5 a.m. for No.;19 FSU's entry: the 1994 Orange Bowl against Nebraska.


The Associated Press incorrectly reported the last name of Steve Stricker's caddy in a story Monday. His caddy is Tom Mitchell.