BasketballThe NBA players association has told its members that the league has not moved off its original negotiating position, and reiterated to them it would not accept a hard salary cap or the massive salary rollbacks being sought. The players have received an audio podcast and mailings outlining the owners’ proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement, along with details of a union counterproposal that includes rolling back the draft age requirement to 18, a person with knowledge of its contents told the Associated Press yesterday. The players rejected the league’s initial proposal in February and delivered their own July 1. It even offers to negotiate a reduction in the players’ guarantee of 57 percent of basketball revenues, which commissioner David Stern has said is central in negotiations.
CollegesFour to plead guilty in Toledo scheme At least four former athletes charged in a point-fixing scheme at Ohio’s University of Toledo are expected to plead guilty, a federal prosecutor in Detroit said. The disclosure was made during a brief court hearing in Detroit more than a year after a grand jury indicted eight people on conspiracy charges, including six former Toledo football and basketball players. Also charged are Detroit-area businessmen Ghazi Manni and Mitchell Karam, who are accused of betting $407,000 on Toledo basketball games in 2005 and 2006 and paying players to shave points or control the final score. Expected to plea deals are former football players Adam Cuomo, Harvey “Scooter’’ McDougle Jr., and Quinton Broussard, and former basketball player Anton Currie . . . Belmont University in Nashville has come under fire for forcing out women’s soccer coach Lisa Howe, who her players say was let go for telling them she is expecting a child with her same-sex partner.
BoxingInjured Klitschko out of title fight Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing adviser said the Ukrainian has withdrawn from his World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation heavyweight title defense against British challenger Dereck Chisora because of a torn muscle in his back. Shelley Finkel said the injury isn’t serious but forced the cancellation of Saturday’s bout in Mannheim, Germany. Finkel said Klitschko “should be able to fight again within 60 days.’’ . . . A judge in Las Vegas agreed to let Floyd Mayweather Jr. remain free pending a Feb. 3 trial date on a misdemeanor battery complaint alleging he poked a security guard in the face several times during a confrontation outside Mayweather’s home . . . Retired English boxer Ricky Hatton reached a settlement with Billy Graham, a former trainer who sued him for $2.2 million over unpaid earnings . . . Vinny Maddalone, a former pitcher for the Adirondack Lumberjacks in the independent Northern League, will take on Tomasz Adamek in a heavyweight bout in Newark tonight.
TennisMost of Sampras’s trophies stolen Pete Sampras said most of his trophies and other memorabilia were stolen from a West Los Angeles public storage facility. The Los Angeles Times reported Sampras still has 13 of his 14 grand slam trophies, but thieves took most of the hardware from his 64 tour title wins, two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring, and six trophies for finishing world No. 1 in the year-end rankings from 1993 to 1998. The theft happened three weeks ago. Sampras, who retired in 2003, said he’s getting the word out in hopes somebody offers a lead . . . US Open winner Juan Martin Del Potro will resume his comeback from a 12-month injury layoff as a wild card at the Sydney International in January.
MiscellanyStars’ Lehtinen announces retirement Jere Lehtinen has officially retired from the NHL, ending a 14-season career spent entirely with the Dallas Stars. The 37-year-old Lehtinen got an assist on Brett Hull’s Stanley Cup-winning goal in Game 6 of the 1999 finals at Buffalo. In 14 seasons from 1995-2010, Lehtinen appeared in 875 regular-season games, scoring 243 games with 271 assists . . . The Chicago Blackhawks placed star forward Marian Hossa (lower-body injury) on the injured list . . . Vic Lynn, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Toronto Maple Leafs who played for all of the NHL’s Original Six teams, including the Bruins in 1950, has died. He was 85. Lynn joined Howie Meeker and Ted Kennedy to form “The K-L-M Line’’ with the Leafs, and the trio helped Toronto win Stanley Cup titles in 1947, ’48, and ’49 . . . England’s Florentyna Parker shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-shot lead in the opening round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, while a late triple bogey dropped Michelle Wie to a 71.
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