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NFL Locks Out Players
WASHINGTON (AP) -- NFL owners have locked out its players, signaling the start of the league's first work stoppage since 1987.

Two people with knowledge of the league's decision tell The Associated Press that the owners made the move at midnight, capping a Friday in which labor talks broke off because the league and the union couldn't decide how to divvy up $9 billion a year. A lockout means there is no NFL activity, no trades and no on-site workouts or treatment of players.

"We are locked out," union president and former player Kevin Mawae says in a text message to The Associated Press.

Hours earlier, the union decertified, and 10 players, including MVP quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, sued the owners in federal court. The players also requested an injunction to block the lockout, even before the league imposed it.

The last work stoppage came when the players struck 24 years ago, leading to games with replacement players.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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