National Football League
NFL, union hold 1st session with federal mediator
WASHINGTON (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and union head DeMaurice Smith met in front of a federal mediator for about six hours Friday, a bid to jump-start contentious and slow-moving labor negotiations two weeks before owners could lock out players and threaten the 2011 season.
Fridays session was the sides first with George Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a U.S. government agency.
More than two hours after Goodell and Smith arrived separately, the league and the NFL Players Association released a joint statement saying the mediation had started and that both parties agreed to adhere to Cohens request that they not speak publicly about the process.
True to their word, Smith and other union representatives declined to answer questions on their way out of the meeting.
It wasnt immediately clear when the sides would resume talks, although originally there were plans for several days of negotiations with Cohen present.
Broncos trying to keep Bailey from bolting
ENGLEWOOD (AP) John Elway said the Denver Broncos are trying to re-sign perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey four months after the team withdrew an extension offer he was about to sign.
In a series of tweets Thursday, the Broncos chief of football operations said the team is engaged in constructive conversations with Baileys representatives about keeping the 32-year-old star in orange and blue.
If they dont sign him to a new deal, Bailey would become an unrestricted free agent when a new collective bargaining agreement is hashed out.
Bailey just completed his seven-year, $63 million contract with a 10th Pro Bowl berth, a record for cornerbacks.
NBA, players association hold CBA talks
LOS ANGELES (AP) Representatives from the NBA and the players association completed a meeting Friday during the All-Star break to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement.
The sides met for about two hours Friday.
There has been no movement since last year toward a deal to replace the one that will expire June 30.
Basketball Hall of Fame announces 12 finalists
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dennis Rodman, Jamaal Wilkes and Tex Winter are among 12 finalists for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The other finalists are former NBA stars Maurice Cheeks, Chris Mullin and Ralph Sampson, five-time Olympian Teresa Edwards, Stanford womens coach Tara VanDerveer, former NBA coach Dick Motta, Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, college referee Hank Nichols and Al Attles, the current vice president and assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors.
Those elected to the Hall of Fame will be introduced April 3 at the mens Final Four in Houston. The induction ceremony is at the hall in Springfield, Mass., from Aug. 11-13.
Contador in contention at Tour of the Algarve
MALHAO, Portugal (AP) Competing in his first race since escaping a doping ban, Alberto Contador moved into position Friday to win the Tour of the Algarve for the third consecutive time.
The Tour de France champion advanced to second in the overall standings, six seconds behind Stephen Cummings after placing third in the third stage, as did runner-up Tejay Van Garderen.