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NHL union moves to stop replacement players

By wire services
Published April 29, 2005


The NHL Players' Association applied for union certification in Quebec and British Columbia to prevent the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks from using replacement players at home during the hockey lockout.

Employees in both provinces can't be replaced during a lockout or strike that is governed by the provincial labor code. The players' association wants to establish itself in those provinces as a certified union under the provincial labor codes.

The NHL said the union's actions are out of line. It hasn't said it would use replacement players should the lockout that wiped out this season continue.

TUNEUP: Mark Parrish had two goals and Mike Modano scored to help the United States beat host Germany 3-1 in its final exhibition before the world championships, which start Sunday in Austria against Slovenia. Modano was selected team captain.

OBITUARY: Reginald "Red" Horner, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who was thought to be the oldest former NHL player, died Wednesday in Toronto. He was 95. The defenseman played 12 seasons for the Maple Leafs.

TENNIS

J&S CUP: Former world No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne and 17-year-old star Ana Ivanovic advanced to the quarterfinals in Warsaw. Henin-Hardenne will face fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder and Ivanovic will face sixth-seeded Nathalie Dechy.

ESTORIL OPEN: Top-seeded Carlos Moya defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-7 (7-4), 6-4 to move into the quarterfinals in Oeiras, Portugal. Fourth-seeded Tommy Robredo, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Davide Sanguinetti also advanced.

BMW OPEN: Raemon Sluiter ended Nikolay Davydenko's bid for consecutive titles in Munich, Germany, defeating the defending champion 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 in the second round. Top-seeded David Nalbandian beat Peter Luczak 6-2, 6-2.

BOXING

HEARING PUT OFF: A hearing to determine whether Joe Mesi should resume boxing was postponed until June after the suspended heavyweight changed lawyers. An advisory committee recommended last week that Mesi stop boxing after he sustained bleeding on the brain during a brutal fight last year.

WEIGH-IN: WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz weighed in at 241 pounds at Madison Square Garden two days before his 12-round title bout against James Toney, who was at 232.

EX-CHAMP SUES: Former super bantamweight and champion Manny Pacquiao has filed a lawsuit against promoters M&M Sports Inc. and Murad Muhammad, claiming they withheld some of his earnings.

OLYMPICS

EX-CZAR SUES: Former U.S. Olympic Committee drug czar Wade Exum sued the organization in Colorado state court, reviving claims of a doping conspiracy that a federal judge refused to consider in a previous lawsuit. Exum was the USOC's director of drug control administration for nine years until he resigned in June 2000.

LONDON CLEARED: The International Olympic Committee won't take action against London for offering financial incentives in its bid for the 2012 Games after London withdrew the package to sports bodies last weekend.

ET CETERA

DRUG TESTING: A bill that could create one of the first statewide steroid testing programs for high school athletes sailed through the Florida House on a unanimous vote.

SOCCER: The German federation announced plans to set up its own bookmaking operation and banned all betting on games by players, coaches, officials and referees in the wake of the country's match-fixing scandal.