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Antoine Walker pleads guilty to casino debts

UK's Antoine Walker grabbed a rebound in a 1996 game.
UK's Antoine Walker grabbed a rebound in a 1996 game.

Former University of Kentucky and NBA star Antoine Walker has pleaded guilty to passing bad checks in the form of unpaid gambling debts in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Sun reported the former all-star who now plays for the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede will be put on probation and work toward paying off $750,000.

The criminal complaint against Walker was filed in 2009, accusing him of having the debts at Caesars Palace and Red Rock.

Walker won an NBA title in 2006 with the Miami Heat.

Players, owners to meet Thursday

Representatives for NBA players and owners will meet in New York on Thursday, the final day before the collective bargaining agreement expires.

Though a large group of players attended the last meeting, Thursday's session is expected to be only a small group from both sides, according to a union spokesman.

If a deal is not reached, owners could lock out the players when the CBA expires at the end of the day, though both sides have said negotiating could extend past the deadline if progress is being made.

Biyombo faces buyout dispute

Charlotte Bobcats draft pick Bismack Biyombo and his Spanish club have scheduled a mediation session Friday in hopes of settling a dispute over the contract buyout required before he'd be allowed to play in the NBA.

Jorge Sanz, spokesman for the Madrid-based team Fuenlabrada, said Biyombo has two seasons left on his deal and his buyout clause is more than $1.4 million. NBA rules say the Bobcats can't pay more than $500,000 toward a buyout.

While Sanz said the team won't fight the 18-year-old Congo native's desire to leave, it expects to receive the buyout.

"We have to reach an agreement over the compensation for the club," Sanz said. "We are asking for the million euros that is stated in his contract. If we don't reach an agreement, it will go to court and a judge will decide."

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