Allegations denied by QB

Associated Press
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger vowed Thursday to fight a Lake Tahoe casino hostess' rape allegations. In his first public comments on the matter, he called the allegations "reckless and false."

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said Thursday allegations by a Lake Tahoe casino hostess that he raped her a year ago are "reckless and false."


Roethlisberger was served with a civil lawsuit last weekend when he returned to Lake Tahoe, where a 31-year-old Nevada woman alleges the quarterback raped her in a hotel penthouse in July 2008. Roethlisberger was in Nevada on both occasions to compete in a celebrity golf event. The woman did not file a criminal complaint.

"Saturday was the first I heard of her accusations," Roethlisberger said. "Her false and vicious allegations are an attack on my family and on me. I would never, ever force myself on a woman."

FALCONS: Are negotiating with only one draft pick after signing second-round pick William Moore . Terms were not released.

Moore, a safety from Missouri, is the seventh of the team's eight draft picks to sign.

Atlanta has not signed first-round pick Peria Jerry , a defensive tackle from Ole Miss.

Vikings: Signed third-round pick Asher Allen , the 86th overall selection out of Georgia, to a four-year contract. He is expected to challenge for time as the nickel back.

Allen was signed on the same day that the Vikings inked starter Antoine Winfield to a five-year extension. The 32-year-old Winfield is coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance.

- Coach Brad Childress says he isn't taking anything for granted when it comes to Brett Favre 's possible arrival in Minnesota.

Childress said he knows Favre will eventually give him an answer about playing for the Vikings this season. But the coach does not know when that will come, and he doesn't know "whether it's 'I'm in' or 'I'm out.'"

Favre told the AP last week that he will make a decision by the time the Vikings report to training camp on July 30.

SAINTS: A New Orleans linebacker and two former players sued a film studio to try to get their money back from investments they say were never made.

Current Saints linebacker Scott Shanle , former punter Mitch Berger and recently cut Saints long snapper Kevin Houser are seeking the return of $468,750 invested with the studio's head, Wayne H. Read . Read was not named personally in the petition. They filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against Louisiana Film Studios LLC, located in a New Orleans suburb.

Coach Sean Payton , quarterback Drew Brees and Hall of Famer Archie Manning were among 27 people who bought what they thought were state film industry tax credits that promised a projected return of $1.33 for each dollar invested. A state official, however, said the studio never applied for them. The investments, which totaled $1.9 million, were due to be paid on March 31.

BRONCOS: Signed former South Carolina receiver Kenny McKinley , a fifth-round draft pick. McKinley set records with 207 receptions and 2,781 receiving yards at South Carolina.

The team also signed second-round draft pick Richard Quinn.

Quinn was highly regarded for his blocking skills at North Carolina, where the tight end had 12 receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns in 34 games.

PATRIOTS: New England announced the signings of defensive lineman Ron Brace and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer. The 6-foot-3, 330-pound Brace, from Boston College, was the 40th overall selection in the 2009 draft. Vollmer (6-8, 315), the 58th overall pick, started out as a tight end at Houston and wound up starting his last 25 college games at tackle.


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