NBA owners, players prepare for key meetings in New York
Representatives for NBA owners and players will meet twice this week, perhaps only days before training camps would have to be postponed without a new labor deal.
Staffs from both sides will meet today in New York without leadership from either side, a person with knowledge of the plans said Tuesday. Commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver, union executive director Billy Hunter, president Derek Fisher of the Los Angeles Lakers and other top negotiators would rejoin the talks for another meeting on Thursday.
Without a breakthrough then, the NBA would likely be out of time before being forced to make changes to the calendar.
Camps have been expected to open Oct. 3. During the 1998 lockout that reduced the season to 50 games, camps that were scheduled to begin Oct. 5 were postponed on Sept. 24.
The Nov. 1 start of the regular season could even be in jeopardy, with the sides still fighting over the salary cap structure. Players were planning to make what Hunter called a "significant" financial concession during a full bargaining session last week, but that fell through when owners rejected the union’s insistence that the current cap system remain intact as a condition of their money move.
Also: Forward Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets rejoined his former Italian team Olimpia Milano, agreeing to play until the NBA lockout ends.
Forward Rudy Fernandez of the Dallas Mavericks signed to play for Spain’s Real Madrid during the NBA lockout.
Margarito feared eye injury might have been end to career
Former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito says he worried his career might have been over after Manny Pacquiao’s punch fractured his orbital bone last November.
Margarito returns to the ring Dec. 3 in a rematch against Miguel Cotto for the Puerto Rican star’s WBA super welterweight title at Madison Square Garden.
The 33-year-old Margarito, speaking at a news conference in New York, said he considered retirement after surgery to repair the fracture and another procedure about 2½ months ago to fix a cataract caused by the blow. But he was assured by doctors he can still fight.
Also: Jean Pascal might get a third fight with WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins after all.
Promoter Yvon Michel said that when a proposed bout with IBF champion Tavoris Cloud fell through, HBO told him Pascal would fight either Hopkins or Chad Dawson some time in 2012.
Hopkins and Dawson are scheduled to fight on Oct. 15 in Los Angeles.
Pascal, of Montreal, kept his title in a majority draw in his first meeting with Hopkins and lost the belt in the rematch.
Teen golf sensation Thompson to seek full-time LPGA status
Golf’s latest female phenom has no interest in teeing it up with the guys.
Being able to play full time on the LPGA Tour is challenging enough for Lexi Thompson.
Two days after becoming the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour, the 16-year-old said she plans to petition for an exemption to the tour’s 18-year-old age requirement.
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan is expecting it and said he will consider any petition from Thompson when he returns from the Solheim Cup, which begins Friday in Ireland.
Also: Las Vegas Locomotives quarterback Chase Clement and cornerback Marquis Floyd were named the United Football League’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively.
Clement, who shared the honor with Virginia running back Dominic Rhodes, passed for 233 yards in the Locos’ 23-17 win over Sacramento on Saturday. Floyd had an interception, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and five tackles against the Mountain Lions.
Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets was charged with boating while intoxicated three weeks after his arrest in Minnesota.
Byfuglien was charged with third-degree boating while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor carrying a penalty of up to a year in jail, and refusing to submit to a test.
Former NHL player Mike Danton, who spent five years in prison for a failed murder-for-hire plot in 2004, used first-aid training he received while incarcerated to save the life of a Swedish professional teammate.
When linemate Marcus Bengtsson started to convulse after hitting his head on the ice during a game in Stockholm, Danton reached into his mouth to stop him from choking on his tongue.
Columbus starting pitcher Joe Martinez pitched seven strong innings, leading the Clippers to an 8-3 victory over the Omaha Storm Chasers in the Triple-A championship game in Albuquerque, N.M. The Clippers represented the International League, and Omaha was the Pacific Coast League champion.