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NLRB plan for hearing goes ahead

National Basketball Association officials have not decided how to proceed beyond their agreement that isn't, but the National Labor Relations Board is proceeding with plans for a July 5 hearing on decertification of the union.

Commissioner David Stern said Monday that no plans have been made to resume talks, which negotiators for both sides thought they had concluded Wednesday night. Stern said he has since had one conversation with Simon Gourdine, the union's executive director, but Stern said he did not talk to him Monday.

"He's involved in previously scheduled agents meetings," Stern said. "I expect we will be speaking probably tomorrow."

The six-year agreement Stern thought the league and the league's owners had ratified Friday crumbled under the weight of player protests later that same day.

The player representatives directed Gourdine and his negotiating staff, including Buck Williams of Portland and Charles Smith of the Knicks, to return to the bargaining table and get a better deal, specifically telling them they didn't like the luxury tax that would be placed on top of the payroll cap.

Since that meeting, Smith has said the threat to terminate the union as the players' collective bargaining representative no longer exists. But no one has echoed that view.

Rodman hears STD charge

ATLANTA _ Dennis Rodman had unprotected sex with a former Atlanta Hawks cheerleader a day after a Detroit woman went to his home and told him he had given her genital herpes, a lawyer said Monday.

But an attorney representing Rodman in a federal lawsuit brought by the Atlanta woman said there was no evidence Rodman, a San Antonio Spurs star, has a transmittable form of the incurable disease.

Lisa Beth Judd, 24, is suing Rodman for unspecified damages. She claims Rodman, with whom she had an on-and-off relationship since 1991, gave her herpes Jan. 14, 1993, when he came to Atlanta while playing for the Detroit Pistons.

Olajuwon checks in

HOUSTON _ Hakeem Olajuwon delivered $1,000 checks to the five winners of his foundation's scholarship contest.

Olajuwon announced the Dream Come True Scholarship Program earlier this year. His Dream Foundation will award five scholarships a year to graduating seniors in the Houston Independent School District.

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