Judge denies league's request for stay on lockout ruling
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. 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.
■ Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth allegedly slid his credit card into the bra of a waitress and then touched her breast, according to court papers filed Wednesday offering Haynesworth a plea deal in the sexual-abuse case. Haynesworth's lawyer, however, said the deal was not one he'd take and that his client would fight the charge.
■ Jim Mandich, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Miami Dolphins and later became a popular radio announcer for the team, died Tuesday at age 62. The Dolphins confirmed the death of Mandich, who was also a star at Michigan. He was diagnosed with bile-duct cancer in early 2010 but continued to work on game broadcasts last season. Mandich was a tight end for the Dolphins when they achieved the NFL's only perfect season in 1972, and he helped them repeat as Super Bowl champions the following year.
■ Broncos defensive end Jason Hunter was stabbed in Detroit on Wednesday and taken to a local hospital for treatment. His agent said the wound wasn't life-threatening. Detroit Officer Dan Donakowski confirmed the 27-year-old Hunter was stabbed, but police didn't have any additional information, including where the incident took place, who was responsible and Hunter's condition. The hospital wasn't disclosed. WXYZ-TV in Detroit said Hunter was knifed in his left shoulder.
Pitino won't coach Puerto Rico
Louisville's Rick Pitino will not coach the Puerto Rico national basketball team in preparation for a 2011 pre-Olympic qualifying tournament because of scheduling conflicts with the U of L team, the school announced Wednesday. Pitino had hoped to take his 2011-12 Louisville team with him to Puerto Rico, but the NCAA denied an appeal to allow that as the Cardinals' foreign trip, U of L said in a statement. Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States and is not considered a foreign site under NCAA rules.
"It is a great disappointment that we cannot take on the challenge to help them qualify for the Olympics," Pitino said. "We were hoping to arrange for both the Puerto Rico and our U of L teams to play at the same foreign site, which could not be accommodated. An additional tournament in Brazil would have also kept me from being in Louisville at a key time for the start of the fall semester."
Pitino had planned to coach the Puerto Rican team in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship basketball tournament to be played in Mar del Plata, Argentina, on Aug. 25-Sept. 8. The top two teams advance to the 2012 Olympics in London.
Rivals puts 3 future Cats in top 5
Kentucky's 2011 recruiting class has three of the top five recruits, according to Rivals.com's new rankings released Wednesday. Anthony Davis, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward out of Chicago, moved up four spots to No. 2. Point guard Marquis Teague of Indianapolis dropped three to No. 5, and forward Michael Gilchrist of Elizabeth, N.J., stayed at No. 3. UK's other five-star signee for the 2011-12 season, 6-foot-9 forward Kyle Wiltjer, jumped three spots to No. 22. Kentucky is the only school with four signees ranked in Rivals' top 25, and only two other programs have more than one. North Carolina has two (No. 8, forward James McAdoo; No. 13, forward P.J. Hairston), and so does Arizona (No. 11, guard Josiah Turner; No. 18, guard Nick Johnson).
Rounding out the top five are point guard Austin Rivers, a Duke signee who held on to the top ranking, and future Florida guard Brad Beal, who moved from No. 7 to No. 4. Louisville signee and Bowling Green senior Chane Behanan jumped two spots to 21st.
Ex-Cat Harrison's son commits to Butler
Chris Harrison-Docks, son of former Kentucky player Chris Harrison, has committed to play for Butler in 2012, the Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday. Harrison-Docks is a 5-foot-11 junior point guard out of Okemos, Mich., who averaged 23.0 points and 2.4 assists for his high school team last season. His father played four seasons as a reserve for UK from 1991-95, finishing with 162 total points.
Harrison-Docks transferred to the Michigan school from Louisville Trinity, and his Okemos coach, Dan Stolz, told the Star he'll be a Mr. Basketball candidate next season.
"He's the best ball handler I've ever coached," Stolz was quoted as saying. "He's played against everyone, and he fears no one."
Legends rained out; 2 games Thursday
Wednesday night's game between the Lexington Legends and Kannapolis Intimidators at Whitaker Bank Ballpark was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday. The first of two seven-inning games will begin at 5:05 p.m. Anyone holding tickets for Wednesday night's game may exchange them at the box office for any 2011 Legends home game, based on availability. Contact the Legends box office at (859) 422-7867 for more information.
Clay Walker to perform at Speedway
Country music star Clay Walker will perform at Kentucky Speedway before the state's debut NASCAR Sprint Cup race on July 9, the Sparta track announced Wednesday. Walker, whose newest album, She Won't Be Lonely Long, reached No. 16 on the Billboard 200 chart last year, will play before the Quaker State 400 on Sunday of a three-race weekend at the Speedway. Tickets, campsites, Fan Zone Pit Road passes, and Fan Zone Prerace concert and driver-introduction passes can be reserved at www.kentuckyspeedway.com or by calling 1-888-652-7223.
■ A school-record four Kentucky men's tennis players have been named All-Southeastern Conference performers, the league announced Wednesday. Junior Eric Quigley made the first team, and senior Alberto Gonzalez and junior Alex Musialek were named to the second team. Freshman Tom Jomby was named to the freshman team. Earlier this week, the Cats made it to the SEC finals for the second time in school history, falling to Florida 4-0. They reached No. 10 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's rankings, cracking the top 10 for the first time this season, and will play in the NCCA Tournament, which starts May 13.
■ Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says he'll keep campaigning for state Senate in New Jersey while his lawyers fight to have his name put back on the ballot. The state's top election official, Republican Kim Guadagno, ruled Tuesday that Lewis is ineligible to run as a Democrat in the June primary because he failed to meet the state's four-year residency requirement for candidates. Lewis, 49, was born in New Jersey and owns homes there and in California. He has had a valid New Jersey driver's license since 2006 but voted in California through 2009.
The last word
Former President George W. Bush finished up the last leg of a three-day bike ride in West Texas with more than a dozen wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and cycling legend Lance Armstrong. Armstrong teased Bush, recalling the athleticism he showed the last time they rode together in 2005. "Today he started fast, but then he kind of blew a gasket," Armstrong said. The 64-year-old Bush retorted:
"Well, I'm eligible for Medicare next year."