NBA referees are prepared to be locked out after talks on a new deal broke down. No further talks are scheduled. Without a deal, the NBA will use replacements.
Refs spokesman Lamell McMorris said the sides have basically agreed on salaries for a two-year deal, including a freeze for the first because of the NBA's financial difficulties. But the NBA seeks cuts in benefits, travel budget and per diems.
"We've laid $2.5 million back on the table," McMorris said. "Our goal is not to take all the hits."
Commissioner David Stern was pessimistic: "On the basis of the last series of proposals, it doesn't appear that there's any point at this time to further negotiations.
WNBA: Six-time All-Star point guard Sue Bird agreed to a multiyear extension with Seattle. She could have been an unrestricted free agent after this season.
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Gender test result in
The sport's governing body has the result of a gender test on Caster Semenya, the South African whose big improvement was capped by August's 800-meter world title. But the IAAF will speak with her before disclosing it, which won't be for "at least a few weeks." It didn't comment on a report by Australia's Sydney Morning Herald that Semenya, 18, has male and female sex organs, including testes producing "large amounts of testosterone."
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BOXING: WBO and WBC middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik likely will face Paul Williams on Dec. 5. October's bout was postponed because of Pavlik's staph infection on his left middle finger.
SOCCER: England coach Fabio Capello indicated David Beckham, 34, will play in the 2010 World Cup. He has played in the previous three.