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COURT ALLOWS NFL TO CONTINUE ITS LOCKOUT

MAKING NEWS

The NFL's lockout stays, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. That means the league likely won't get back to business until next month and maybe for much longer. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the lockout can remain intact until a full appeal is heard on whether it is legal. That hearing is scheduled June 3 in St. Louis, and it is before the same panel that issued this 2-1 decision. The appellate court said it believed the NFL has proved it "likely will suffer some degree of irreparable harm without a stay."

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Beaten fan flown closer to home

Nearly seven weeks after a brutal beating outside Dodger Stadium, a Giants fan still in critical condition with brain injuries was jetted to San Francisco for more care. Bryan Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz has been at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center since the attack March 31. Doctors said he opened his eyes and made small movements with his arms and legs, but his recovery could take a year or longer. The two drunken Dodgers fans who attacked him remain at large.

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OUT OF BOUNDS

Dropping trophies: A new trend?

Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg usually has reliable hands, but he managed to drop the Dutch soccer league's trophy from the top of a bus as the team took a triumphal ride through Amsterdam. Amateur video taken Sunday shows the trophy falling backward off the bus, apparently after colliding with tram wires. It was handed back by a fan to the applause of onlookers. Last month, Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos dropped Spain's Copa del Rey trophy, which was crushed beneath the team bus.

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Why all ballparks should have a roof

A woman's dream of celebrating her 104th birthday by seeing the Tigers play in person will have to wait a bit longer. The ballclub was to host Mary Johnson, above,at Comerica Park on Sunday. The Tigers fan had never been to the stadium, and when she and caretaker Steve Eick told the team about her interest in seeing a game, a suite was provided. But the game was rained out, meaning Johnson will have to wait another day.

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QUOTABLE

"We can take a backseat to Oprah. I don't have a problem with that."

LeBron James, Heat forward, when told the United Center in Chicago was being taken over for the final segments of The Oprah Show

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RAYS

Tonight

vs. Yankees, 6:40, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Espanol; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

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