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NFL: Both Sides State Their Case, Again
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The NFL and its players went back to court before a federal appeals court on the legality of the lockout.

The two sides each got roughly 30 minutes before a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, swapping arguments over the lockout imposed by owners after labor talks fell apart in March.

The panel has twice decided to keep the lockout in place pending the full appeal. It did not issue an immediate decision and Judge Kermit Bye smiled as he told the attorneys before they left the courtroom: ``We wouldn't be all that hurt if you go out and settle that case.''

The work stoppage is now nearly three months long.

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