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Cash-strapped UFL is suspending play until spring

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Quarterback Chase Clement, 2, of the Las Vegas Locomotives, front, is hit as he passes by Mickinley Boykin, 68, of the Virginia Destroyers during the first half of the 2011 United Football League Championship Game, Friday night Oct. 21, 2011 at the Virginia Beach (VA) Sportsplex.

OMAHA, Neb. — The struggling United Football League has announced it is postponing the second half of its season until spring.

Each of the second-tier professional league's four teams has played four of eight regular-season games. UFL founder and chairman William Hambrecht said Saturday that the remaining four games and championship game would be played in the spring.

The UFL plans to return to a fall schedule in 2013.

As of last week, players and coaches had not been paid. Players earn $3,500 per game.

The league said it didn't have sufficient funds to cover the high cost of workers' compensation insurance and other costs. The league said its priority is to pay coaches, players and staffers.

Teams are in Las Vegas, Omaha, Sacramento, and Norfolk, Va.

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