players, owners set to meet hours before labor deal expires
DALLAS — Representatives for players and owners will meet Thursday, hours before the collective bargaining agreement expires, and commissioner David Stern says that's still enough time for a deal to get done.
Owners did not vote to authorize a lockout during their meeting Tuesday, but they have given their labor relations committee the go-ahead to do whatever it believes is necessary. If a deal is not reached, owners could lock out the players when the agreement expires at the end of the day. Both sides have said negotiating could extend past the deadline if progress is being made.
"Nothing in this world is absolute," Stern said.
Yet Stern wouldn't discuss the possibility of an extension.
"We're not talking about likelihoods; we're looking forward to Thursday's meeting. That will be great," he said.
Though a large group of players attended the last meeting between the sides, Thursday's session is expected to be only a small group from both sides. The league didn't know if the players would make another proposal after they declined to present one Friday, deputy commissioner Adam Silver said.
Player had multiple drugs in system
Alabama football player Aaron Douglas died as a result of multiple drugs that were found in his system, a Florida medical examiner's report says.
The report from the Nassau County office found that the death of the 21-year-old offensive lineman was an accident and caused by three drugs in his system: Methadone, Diazepam and Carisoprodol. Diazepam is marketed as the sedative Valium.
Douglas, a former player for Tennessee, was found dead May 12 on the balcony of a home in Fernandina Beach. He had been vacationing in the area.
saban suspends two: Alabama football coach Nick Saban has indefinitely suspended two players. Redshirt freshman WR Keiwone Malone and sophomore DL Darrington Sentimore violated unspecified team rules and policy, he said.
Saban also said S Robby Green won't return.
Fiesta Bowl tickets in question: The Fiesta Bowl has asked 31 Arizona politicians who received free trips or game tickets to explain how they benefited the tax-exempt group, and it said it might ask them to repay the costs.
The charitable group said it must try to recover money spent outside of Internal Revenue Service rules so it can maintain its tax-exempt status.
B-CU fires coach: Bethune-Cookman fired men's basketball coach Clifford Reed. College officials told Reed he was terminated for insubordination and failing to cooperate with an investigation into the program.
Track: Olympic and world 400-meter champion LaShawn Merritt will be on the U.S. roster for worlds in August after USA Track and Field waived a rule that would have prevented him from competing because he missed last week's national championships while serving a doping ban. Merritt's 21-month ban ends July 27.
WNBA: Katie Douglas scored 26 points to help host Indiana beat Phoenix 91-86. … Sophia Young had 19 points to lead five San Antonio scorers in double figures in an 84-74 victory over host Chicago. … Tina Charles had 22 points and 23 rebounds for host Connecticut in a 79-76 win over Los Angeles.