NFL's lockout request denied
The federal judge who lifted the NFL lockout dealt another blow to the league late Wednesday, denying its request to put her ruling on hold and guaranteeing more limbo for the $9 billion business.
From Minneapolis, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson wrote that the NFL "has not met its burden for a stay pending appeal, expedited or otherwise." She dismissed the NFL's argument that it is facing irreparable harm because of her decision Monday to end the 45-day lockout.
"In short, the world of 'chaos' the NFL claims it has been thrust into -- essentially the 'free-market' system this nation otherwise willfully operates under -- is not compelled by this court's order," Nelson wrote.
The judge acknowledged that her decision will be appealed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis and the NFL has promised that step. There was no immediate word from the league after Nelson's decision.
The ruling means the league has no rules in place, shelved since the collective bargaining agreement ended on March 11 and the lockout was imposed shortly afterward.
Canada's Chan sets mark
Patrick Chan of Canada set a world record on Wednesday to take the lead in the men's short program at the world championships.
Chan scored 93.02 points for his jazzy routine, beating Evgeni Plushenko's old mark of 91.30 set at the 2010 European championships in Tallinn, Estonia.
Chan has a huge 11-point lead on Nobunari Oda of Japan, who stepped out of his opening quad toe. Defending champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan was another 1.6 points back in third place after a clean but less-adventurous program.
None of the U.S. men were in the top 10. Richard Dornbush, who won the junior Grand Prix final in December, was 11th with 70.54 points. U.S. champion Ryan Bradley was right behind (70.45).
In pairs, defending champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China were in the lead after the short program. U.S. champions Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin were eighth.
Pirates lose opener
Ryan Keller, Bobby Butler and Zack Smith each scored once to lead the Binghamton Senators to a 3-2 win over the Portland Pirates in Game One of the AHL Eastern Conference Division Finals in Portland Wednesday.
Max Legault and Colin Stuart scored for the Pirates, who suffered their first home loss of the postseason.
Mark Mancari, Matt Ellis and Jhonas Enroth rejoined the Pirates after the Buffalo Sabres were eliminated in Game Seven of their playoff series Tuesday in Philadelphia. Enroth was the backup goaltender to David Leggio in the game.
Game Two of the series is tonight in Portland.
D'Youville baseball rolls
D'Youville only needed six innings to set a single-game program record against Hilbert in baseball action Wednesday afternoon. The Spartans earned a 23-2 win in a rain-shortened nightcap, setting a program record for most runs in a game. Brett Gibbs hit a double, triple and home run while driving in five runs.
The Spartans (4-17) ended their 14-game losing streak in the first game of the doubleheader with a 13-7 win. Freshman Nate Wiles (St. Joe's) picked up his first collegiate win. It was the first doubleheader sweep for D'Youville under coach Leo Dandes.
From News and wire service reports.