The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: In the latest legal ruling on sports gambling in Delaware, the four major sports and the NCAA came out clear winners. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled yesterday that sports betting in the First State would violate a 1992 federal ban on such wagering. Delaware had planned to offer betting next week; it may still try to do so on a limited basis in the near future. “We were hoping the court would rule on the merits,” said Kenneth Nachbar, an attorney representing the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, and Major League Baseball. The plan was opposed by the pro leagues and the NCAA, which claimed it would harm their reputations and expose young people to gambling. They also said the plan violated the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.