Vick must appear at bankruptcy hearing
Fallen NFL star quarterback Michael Vick has to appear at a bankruptcy hearing next month 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 yesterday in Norfolk, Va. At an hourlong hearing, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Santoro rejected the government's suggestions that he either postpone Vick's April 2 bankruptcy confirmation hearing or allow the suspended player to testify by video hookup from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan. Also, for the first time, Vick's attorneys publicly confirmed that he has been approved for transfer to home confinement no sooner than May 21, about two months before his scheduled release from federal custody.
United Football League:: Former NFL coaches Dennis Green (San Francisco), Jim Fassel (Las Vegas) and Jim Haslett (Orlando, Fla.) will lead teams in the new league, which plans to debut in October with four teams. New York is the other and will be coached by ex-NFL defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell. 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.
Colts: : Executive vice president Bob Terpening plans to retire June 1 after more than 30 years with the franchise. Terpening first joined the organization, then based in Baltimore, in 1970, when he graded films, and rejoined it six years later as a college scout and worked his way through the ranks.
Et cetera: : The Patriots signed free-agent cornerbacks Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden. Springs spent the past five seasons with the Redskins. ... Safety Reed Doughty re-signed with the Redskins. ... The Jets signed former Patriots linebacker and special teams standout Larry Izzo. ... The Panthers released starting cornerback Ken Lucas. ... The Eagles signed safety Rashad Baker, who played the past two seasons for the Raiders, to a one-year contract. ... Offensive tackle Willie Colon signed a one-year contract to return to the Steelers. ... Former NFL player-turned-actor Brian Bosworth was charged with drunken driving after being arrested in Los Angeles on Friday.
Tiger Woods, eliminated at the Accenture Match Play Championship in the second round two weeks ago, will be assured of playing four rounds this week in the CA Championship, a PGA Tour event that will feature a world-class field of 80 players in Doral, Fla. It will be his first stroke-play tournament since he won the U.S. Open in June, a week before reconstructive surgery on his left knee. The tournament has no cut, which certainly helps. "I've only played two tournaments in what - 10 months? Not a whole lot of golf," Woods said after a practice round. "So for me, I just need rounds under my belt, and this week will obviously be a very positive week for me." The Florida swing traditionally begins the road to the Masters. How soon does Woods need to know where his game is? "The next couple of weeks would be nice," he said.
Taking over the game when he wanted to, Chris Paul compiled his NBA-leading sixth triple double with 30 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds, steering the New Orleans Hornets (40-23) to a 109-98 victory over the host Washington Wizards (15-50). Washington led by 12 points in the first half, but Paul brought his team back. "We threw just about every defensive scheme we had, and he had the antidote to whatever we tried," Wizards interim coach Ed Tapscott said. Antawn Jamison led Washington with 25 points and 10 rebounds.
Other games: : Joe Johnson scored 31 points to help the host Hawks (37-28) end a 12-game winning streak for the Jazz (41-24) with a 100-93 victory. ... Tony Battie had 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Magic (47-17) clinched a playoff spot with a 107-79 win over the visiting Bulls (29-36). ... Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers (51-13) won, 102-96, to end a 12-game home-court winning streak for the Rockets (42-24). ... Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) had 22 points as the Nuggets (41-25) ended a three-game losing streak with a 112-99 victory over the visiting Thunder (18-47). ... Dwyane Wade scored 32 points and the host Heat (35-29) held on for a 107-99 win over the Celtics (49-16).
Olympic-size gift to Calif. food bank
Kellogg Co. donated thousands of boxes of cereal with Michael Phelps' picture on them to the San Francisco Food Bank. Kellogg declined last month to renew its endorsement deal with the Olympic swimming star and Baltimore resident after a photo surfaced showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe. Kellogg officials responded to questions from the Associated Press with an e-mail saying the company routinely donates food that is nearing the end of its shelf life but still good.
Skiing: : Lindsey Vonn captured the women's overall title for the second straight year by winning the last downhill of the season at the World Cup finals in Are, Sweden. The American completed the 1.6-mile Olympia course in 1 minute, 42.49 seconds. Vonn become the first U.S. woman to capture two World Cup overall titles.
College basketball: : Boston University fired Dennis Wolff after 15 seasons as men's coach, four days after the team was upset by UMBC, 79-75, in overtime in the first round of the America East tournament. BU went 17-13.
Soccer: : Heather Mitts hit a post with her seventh-round shot and Sweden beat the United States, 4-3, on penalty kicks in Faro, Portugal, after a 1-1 tie in the final of the Algarve Cup. ... The home of the expansion Seattle Sounders, Qwest Field, was chosen by Major League Soccer to host this year's MLS Cup on Nov. 22.