Judge orders Vick to attend hearing

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NORFOLK, Va. --- Fallen NFL star Michael Vick must appear at a bankruptcy hearing in April but should pay his own way from the Kansas prison where he is serving time for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy, a judge ruled Wednesday.

At an hourlong hearing, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Santoro rejected the government's suggestions that he either postpone the April 2 bankruptcy confirmation hearing or allow the suspended player to testify by video hookup from the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan.

The U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, Va., objected to a proposed court order compelling federal marshals to pick up the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback. They cited the logistical burdens, security risks and costs of the temporary transfer.

Santoro said the government provided no evidence to back up the inconvenience and security concerns. However, he agreed that the taxpayers should not have to foot the bill.

COACHING AGAIN: Former NFL coaches Dennis Green , Jim Fassel and Jim Haslett will lead teams in the new United Football League.

The league plans to debut in October with four teams in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando and New York.

Ted Cottrell , a former defensive coordinator for the Chargers, Vikings, Jets and Bills, will coach the New York franchise.

Games will be played outdoors using NFL rules. The goal is to sign players who just missed making NFL rosters. Players will be able to sign with NFL teams after the short season, which is scheduled to end Thanksgiving weekend, but not during it.

PANTHERS: Released cornerback Ken Lucas in a move that clears about $2.3 million in salary-cap space.

CHIEFS: Cut quarterback Quinn Gray , who played in one game for the team last season.

REDSKINS: Safety Reed Doughty has re-signed with Washington and is expected to back up Chris Horton .

VIKINGS: Jimmy Kennedy has re-signed a one-year deal providing Minnesota with insurance at defensive tackle.

RAMS: Agreed to a four-year deal with safety James Butler and added veteran fullback Mike Karney .

BROWNS: Released wide receiver Joe Jurevicius , who missed last season after getting a staph infection in his right knee.

Patriots: Added experience to their young defensive backfield by signing free agent cornerbacks Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden .

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