Key meeting regarding lockout scheduled for Tuesday
On Tuesday in Chicago, two representatives from each NFL team are scheduled to attend what should be the most significant league meeting since the lockout began. But the meeting isn't so significant that the result of it is expected to be the end of the lockout.
The main purpose of the meeting is to update and survey team owners and executives on progress made in recent negotiations between small groups led by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.
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After months of contentious talks, courtroom debates and insults, the two sides have worked together and moved forward in recent weeks. They still have a long way to go, however.
Tuesday, issues such as revenue sharing, a rookie wage scale, the salary cap, free agency requirements and health benefits are expected to be discussed and debated at length. The meeting originally was scheduled to conclude Tuesday, but the league has told participants to be prepared in case it bleeds over to Wednesday.
The hope is that Goodell and his team of negotiators will leave Chicago empowered to get a deal done in the near future. For that to happen, 24 of the 32 owners will have to be on board with the major issues. Nine dissenters could kill a potential deal.
The best-case scenario is that a new collective bargaining agreement is in place by July 4 so free agency can begin no later than July 15 and training camps can commence as scheduled.
■ St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora was awarded $5.4 million in his lawsuit against a Florida supplements maker. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel entered the order against the Anti-Steroid Program LLC of Key Largo, Fla., on Friday.
Attorneys for the 25-year-old Vobora said he used the company's "Ultimate Sports Spray" in June 2009 without knowing it contained methyltestosterone, a banned substance that showed up in an NFL drug test and led to his suspension. His lawsuit accused the company of intentionally misleading him and hurting his image in addition to lost income.
Gumm medalist at Ky. women's amateur
Lydia Gumm, who will be a junior in the fall at North Hardin High School, was the only player to shoot under par in qualifying for match play at the Women's State Amateur championship at Miller Memorial Golf Course in Murray on Monday. Gumm, who was the runner-up in this tournament in 2009, had five birdies and one bogey to finish the round with a 4-under 68.
Jessica Grace was second at 1 over, followed by Christine Cash (+2), Velvet Milkman (+4) and Morgan Cross (+4).
Match play is schedule to get under way at 8 a.m. CST on Tuesday and the finals are to be played on Friday.
■ After dealing with the pressure that comes with playing in the U.S. Open, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson were able to relax Monday at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I. Kuchar rolled in a 12-foot putt on the 18th hole to give his team a record-tying 13-under 58 and a one-stroke lead over defending champions J.B. Holmes and Rickey Barnes in the best-ball format.
"I was tired ... I was beat up," Kuchar said. "The U.S. Open takes its toll and then traveling and getting in last night at midnight.
"It was nice to be able to come out here and have some fun."
Sources: Red Bull out at season's end
The owner of energy drink Red Bull plans to leave NASCAR at the end of this season, The Associated Press reported. Sources said a team official traveled to Michigan Speedway and told industry leaders Sunday of the impending move.
Red Bull is both the owner and sponsor of the two-car NASCAR team. The team has struggled since its 2007 entry into NASCAR and consistently has been plagued by rumors and speculation that the Austrian ownership group will leave the auto racing series. Red Bull driver Kasey Kahne has five top-10 finishes and is 19th in points. Teammate Brian Vickers is 24th in points.
"Red Bull Racing Team is currently seeking outside investors as we evaluate next steps in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," the team said in a statement.
Four Legends, Clark in All-Star Game
Catcher Chris Wallace, shortstop Jiovanni Mier, infielder Michael Kvasnicka and outfielder Adam Bailey will represent the Lexington Legends in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Salisbury, Md. Former University of Louisville and Butler High School standout Adam Duvall, who is tied for the league lead in home runs (17) and RBI (53), will also play in the game, and along with Wallace and Bailey will participate in the Home Run Derby.
■ Former Lexington Legend Kody Hinze was the California League's player of the week. Hinze, who hit 19 home runs for the Legends last season, batted .429 with four home runs and 10 RBI in five games for High-A Lancaster last week. Hinze is batting .346 with 19 home runs and 59 RBI.
Clarke gets release from Arkansas
Arkansas Athletics Director Jeff Long said the school granted leading scorer Rotnei Clarke a release from his basketball scholarship so he can speak to other schools. Clarke was Arkansas' leading scorer last season, averaging 15.2 points per game.
Forward Glenn Bryant and guard Jeff Peterson also have been granted releases. Bryant has transferred to Eastern Michigan.
■ Ryle girls' star Jenna Crittendon committed to play at Xavier, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. The 5-foot-10 forward averaged 12.7 points and 8.9 rebounds last season. Crittendon also had offers from Cincinnati, Marquette, Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky.
High school baseball
All-Star games start today at UK
The Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association's all-star baseball games are Tuesday and Wednesday at UK's Cliff Hagan Stadium. The East-West juniors games are at 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. The junior showcase is at 11:30 a.m., and the sophomore showcase is at 9 a.m. The East-West senior games are at 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. A showcase for unsigned seniors is at noon.
FIU's Wittels cleared of rape charges
A court in the Bahamas dismissed a rape case Monday against Florida International baseball star Garrett Wittels and two friends who were accused of sexually assaulting two American teens after a night of drinking at an island resort. Prosecutors who said they had no case against the men. Wittels, who had a 56-game hitting streak end earlier this year, declined to speak to reporters.
■ Former West Virginia coach Bill Stewart will receive $1.65 million as part of a settlement agreement, the university said Monday. The agreement is dated June 10, the same day Stewart resigned.
The last word
The Utah Jazz, with two first-round picks in the NBA Draft on Thursday, have a tough call to make on whether to draft BYU star Jimmer Fredette. Steve Kerr, a former NBA player and Phoenix Suns executive, said of the Jazz's general manager:
"I don't envy Kevin O'Connor on this one. If they don't take him and he blows up and is really good, that's a problem. Now they're the team that screwed up and didn't take Jimmer when he was right in their backyard. ... If (O'Connor) does take him and Jimmer doesn't pan out, then it's the opposite. You have to follow your gut. If you like him, take him. Either way it's a lot of pressure."