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Goodell, Smith hold one-on-one talks

Associated Press / June 29, 2011

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith opened four days of labor talks in Minneapolis yesterday, getting together without players or owners.

Three people familiar with the situation said the two power brokers and staff members resumed negotiations aimed at ending a lockout now in its fourth month. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because no developments are being made public.

People familiar with the situation said the executive committee of the players’ association had a conference call yesterday to discuss the negotiations.

After the meetings, Goodell and Smith flew to Florida together to address the NFLPA’s rookie symposium this morning.

Both were planning to fly back to Minneapolis today to continue the talks.

The traditional start of training camp is just three weeks away and Chicago and St. Louis are scheduled to play the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 7. The lockout began March 12, and players have not been allowed to train at team facilities or contact coaches, with the exception of a few days in April when the lockout was briefly lifted.

The key issue in the dispute is how to divide revenues after the league took in about $9.3 billion last year.

Law set to retire Former Patriots cornerback Ty Law said yesterday he is “pretty much’’ retired, but if he could have one more day in an NFL uniform it would be to retire as a Patriot.

Law, who played 10 of his 15 seasons with the Patriots, was among those honored at the Tradition at TD Garden last night.

“That’s one of the reasons I haven’t officially turned my papers in, because I would like to at least say the last contract I sign was with New England,’’

Law sat out last season, but said he had a chance to play with another team, but it “wasn’t the right time.’’

Patriots owner Robert Kraft presented Law with the football legacy award last night.

“To me, he is a Patriot and will always be a Patriot,’’ Kraft said.

Owens is healing Terrell Owens is recovering from left knee surgery and plans to be ready to play when the NFL season starts.

Owens’s agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that the 37-year-old receiver tore his anterior cruciate ligament, had surgery in early April, and “will be playing at the start of the NFL season.’’

Monique Walker of the Globe staff contributed to this report.

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