The unions for hockey, baseball, and basketball are siding with the players in the NFL lockout court battle, saying the league's lockout should be lifted.

The players associations for Major League Baseball, the NHL, and the NBA filed a brief Friday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, saying the case presents "vitally important issues" for the unions and their members.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: The national champion Connecticut men's program will lose two scholarships for the coming season as a result of a poor Academic Performance Rating from the NCAA.

GOLF: David Toms shot his second straight 8-under 62 at the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, matching the PGA Tour record for the first 36 holes to open a 7-stroke lead.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will meet in the last 16 of the World Match Play Championship in Casares, Spain.

Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, and Michelle Wie won to lead six Americans into the third round of the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, N.J.

HOCKEY: The Flyers and Adirondack Phantoms announced the interim tag had been removed from Phantoms head coach Joe Paterson.

AUTO RACING: Kyle Busch completed the unique three-lap qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR All-Star race that included a mandatory four-tire pit stop in 1 minute, 59.19 seconds to qualify first.

PRO WRESTLING: Former professional wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage, 58, died in a car crash in Florida after suffering a "medical event," police said. A Florida Highway Patrol report said Savage - whose legal name was Randy Mario Poffo - lost control of his vehicle in Pinellas County around 9:25 a.m., veering over the concrete median divider, crossing traffic, and colliding with a tree.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: Steve Carcarey stepped down as Widener's baseball coach after eight seasons.

- Staff and wire reports