VICK ENTERS PROGRAM: Michael Vick left Virginia on Monday to enter a drug treatment program at a Kansas prison, a move that could reduce the former NFL star's 23-month sentence on a federal dogfighting conviction.

The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is now at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons minimum security facility in Leavenworth, his attorney, Billy Martin, said.

"Mr. Vick hopes to participate in programs offered at that facility, including the Bureau of Prisons drug treatment program," Martin said in a statement.

Vick tested positive for marijuana in September while he was on supervised release following his guilty plea. The residential drug treatment programs at Bureau of Prisons institutions take place in units set apart from the general prison population, lasting at least 500 hours over six to 12 months.


HEDIN WALKS ON: Justine Henin advanced to the quarterfinals of the Sydney International without playing a match.

Henin moved on Tuesday when Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic was unable to play her second-round match due to a strained buttock. She had already received a first-round bye because she was among the tournament's top four seeds.

Auto racing

SUIT AGAINST NASCAR DISMISSED:A federal judge on Monday dismissed an antitrust lawsuit filed against NASCAR by a Kentucky track that was left off its premier racing circuit.

Kentucky Speedway alleged that NASCAR had conspired to leave the Sparta track and others out of the Sprint Cup — formerly known as the Nextel Cup — series despite their superior amenities.

Judge William O. Bertelsman threw out the speedway's suit against NASCAR and the International Speedway Corp. in a ruling from U.S. District Court at Covington in northern Kentucky.