News & Notes 7.25.11

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith might soon hug it out

The NFL Lockout Is Over (Almost): reports that legal teams for NFL owners and players negotiated deep into Monday morning, wrapping up at 3 a.m. with an agreement on basic terms. According to multiple sources involved, the deal is not 100 percent done yet, with the final document still incomplete. But the goal is for the NFLPA to be able to present the completed document to its 13-man executive committee between 11 a.m. to noon ET on Monday, with a vote to follow. The NFLPA has a conference call set up for its 32 player reps to vote following that. After that, the 10 plaintiffs in Brady v. the NFL would have to sign off, which is fully expected.

Slain NBA Player’s Family Sues Local Authorities For Mishandling Case: The Associated Press reports that in the year since Lorenzen Wright’s decomposing body was found in a secluded field in southeast Memphis, his mother, Deborah Marion, has kept pressing authorities to find whoever killed the former NBA player. Marion filed a $2 million lawsuit last week accusing suburban authorities in Germantown and Collierville of messing up the emergency call and the missing person’s report.

Paying NCAA Athletes Could Lead To Formation Of Unions: Fox Sports’ Lisa Horne examines the consequences of paying NCAA student-athletes and according to Michael Buckner, an attorney specializing in NCAA enforcement investigations and compliance issues, paying student-athletes could result in the formation of a players union.

Men Charged In Giants’ Fan Beating Head To Court: The Associated Press reports that two Southern California men charged with severely beating a San Francisco Giants fan face a judge for the first time Monday. District attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons says 29-year-old Louie Sanchez and 30-year-old Marvin Norwood will be arraigned on one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury.

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