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07/15/2011 - 1:55pm
Report: NFL labor deal financials 'are done'

There is reason to believe that the NFL lockout is nearing an end. On Friday, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal tweeted that "a global settlement is a possibility" before the weekend.

This comes on the heels of an earlier report on Friday from NFL Network reporter Albert Breer who wrote that "the economics of a deal are done." CBS Sports' Mike Freeman later reported he has heard similar hopeful indications that a deal is close to being finalized.

Breer added that there are "plenty of other hoops" for both players and owners to jump through, including retiree benefits, "player safety, worker's compensation and injury guarantees, and also litigation entanglements."

Many close to the story indicated that Thursday was considered the "11th hour" for negotiations and that a deal needed to be in place by Friday or Saturday in order to be drafted in time for owners' approval at their meetings...

07/15/2011 - 12:56pm
Nomar on M&M: No problem with Jeter

Nomar Garciaparra checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon to talk about the Red Sox and news around Major League Baseball.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter skipped the All-Star Game and received some criticism when he was spotted with his fiancee in Miami. Jeter had recorded his 3,000th hit over the weekend, shortly after coming off the disabled list, and opted for the rest instead.

"I didn't have a problem with it," Garciaparra said. "I understood. It's hard, because as a player, you're caught in between. You've got to worry about the second half. He's coming off an injury."

Garciaparra said the All-Star Game is "a huge honor," but the schedule is so tight that it can be a problem for a player with an injury. "There's really no time for you to get treatment," he said, adding: "I don't think people really understand that the environment is not there for you to really get ready...

07/15/2011 - 12:28pm
Report: J. O'Neal cited in Oakley lawsuit

A group of Aria hotel and casino employees in Las Vegas has countersued Charles Oakley, seeking damages of at least $20,000 for a May 2010 incident -- for which Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal was reportedly present -- that they claim was the third of a series of assaults by Oakley on Vegas casino employees since 2005, according to business journal Vegas Inc.

Here's the portion of Vegas Inc. reporter Steve Green's report that mentions O'Neal: "Monday's claim says Oakley was at the Liquid pool at Aria with friends including Boston Celtics player Jermaine O'Neal when Oakley, who had several large alcoholic drinks, became agitated because it was near closing time and 'he and his friends were not allowed to invite additional females into the pool.'"

Oakley had sued the security officers and the Aria hotel and casino on May 12, claiming they physically attacked him following an argument. The Bobcats assistant coach missed the final 13 games of...

07/15/2011 - 10:36am
Remy on D&C: Ortiz 'didn't start it' with O's

NESN color commentator Jerry Remy called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk Red Sox.

Remy credited Boston’s AL-best 55-35 record to the offense, especially Jacoby Ellsbury.“When you look at the first half of the season, you can point to [Adrian] Gonzalez as being the MVP,” Remy said. “But not far behind him is Jacoby Ellsbury for what he’s done. He’s been the table-setter, he’s the guy atop the lineup who has done everything.”

Remy said that David Ortiz likely will appeal the four-game suspension for his involvement in the July 8 fight with the Orioles, and Remy said, “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he gets a game knocked off, because he didn’t start it.”

Remy called Mike Gonzalez’s attempted beaning of David Ortiz “laughable.”

“I’m sure he was instructed by the bench to drill Ortiz, and he couldn’t...

07/15/2011 - 8:57am
Florio on D&C: NFL owners still have issues

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show with guest hosts Steve Buckley and Bob Halloran Friday morning to discuss the NFL labor negotiations. There have been widespread reports that the owners and players are closing in on a deal that will end the lockout in the coming days.

Said Florio: "I think it's time to really just sit back and wait for that puff of white smoke to come out of that chimney, and it's going to either today, tomorrow, Sunday, Monday — some point before they go meet with Judge [Arthur] Boylan, the mediator, who was instrumental in getting this thing done."

However, Florio cautioned that the owners might make one more push to get some additional concessions from the players before signing off on a deal.

"What happens is, once there's a sense that it's inevitable a deal's going to get done, that's when the owners start being a little more hard-headed, because they...

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