Reps for NBA owners, players
meet briefly, will talk today
Negotiators for the NBA and its players met for about two hours in New York and will talk again today in an effort to end the lockout that has lasted nearly three months.
Both sides said neither concern nor optimism should be read into the brevity of the meeting. They simply needed time to think about what had been discussed.
Commissioner David Stern hinted that today’s session will determine when more discussions are warranted. It’s been expected there would be no talks Thursday because members of both bargaining teams will be observing the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, but they could resume talks before the weekend.
“They and we have both agreed that so long as there is reason to keep discussing, we will keep discussing, undeterred by the calendar or weekends or things like that,” Stern said. “We will know more after (Wednesday’s) session.”
The format was again with small groups, and that will remain the case today. However, NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said the owners’ labor relations committee would be prepared to return to the table this week if necessary.
Also: Miami Heat stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are planning to host about 20 NBA players for a charity game on Oct. 8.
Details are still being finalized and an announcement is expected today. The game is being planned for Florida International, where Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is a coach.
The game would be the latest in a series of exhibitions NBA players are participating in during the league’s lockout. James has appeared in several of those contests, including one on Sunday in Philadelphia.
It will be the first time James, Wade and Bosh take the court together since last season’s NBA Finals.
A judge granted bond to ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton, charged with murder in an August drive-by shooting in Atlanta.
Fulton County, Ga., Magistrate Judge Karen Woodson allowed Crittenton to go free on $230,000 bond after hearing hours of testimony from the player’s friends and coaches. She also ordered former Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt and others who testified on his behalf to co-sign the bond.
Woodson rejected a motion to dismiss the charges against Crittenton in the shooting of Julian Jones, 22, who was killed as she walked along an Atlanta street. Police have said the shots were aimed at someone walking with Jones.
Wranglers, Orleans reach deal
on three-year lease extension
The Wranglers agreed to a three-year extension of their lease with the Orleans Arena that will keep the ECHL hockey team in Las Vegas though the 2013-14 season.
One of the city’s longest-running professional sports franchises, the Wranglers will open their ninth season Oct. 14 and 15 at the defending ECHL Kelly Cup champion Alaska Aces. They’ll host the Ontario (Calif.) Reign on Oct. 21 in their home opener.
Las Vegas will open training camp Friday at the Fiesta Rancho Ice Arena.
Also: Relatives of the San Francisco Giants fan nearly beaten to death outside Dodger Stadium said he went outside for the first time in nearly six months as he shows more signs of improvement.
Bryan Stow’s family wrote on their website that the father of two looked toward the sun Friday and said, “It’s magical.”
Stow over the past week also made jokes, recognized family members and recalled memories from his childhood. The family said the 42-year-old paramedic speaks just a few words at a time rather than full conversations.
San Francisco General Hospital chief neurosurgeon Dr. Geoff Manley last week said doctors were encouraged by Stow’s improvements but that he has far to go as he recovers from the traumatic brain injury inflicted in the March attack in Los Angeles.
The World Anti-Doping Agency updated its list of banned substances and did not change its evaluation of clenbuterol, the drug that could cost Alberto Contador his third Tour de France victory.
WADA also decided against adding nicotine to its prohibited list for 2012, but it will be among the substances monitored going into an Olympic year.
Michael Phelps said he has started training earlier than at any time since 2007, before his record-setting Beijing Olympics.
The 16-time medalist said during a visit to New York City “there’s a lot more drive inside of me,” after lacking in motivation the last three years.
Phelps said he has been back in the pool for six weeks and is confident he can get into peak shape to achieve his goals at his last Olympics in London next year.
Andre Ward’s bout with Carl Froch in the Super Six super middleweight tournament final was reset for Dec. 17.
Ward and Froch were slated to meet Oct. 29 in Atlantic City before Ward sustained a serious cut during training last week.