News & Notes 8.2.11

David Stern is adding the fuel to the NBA lockout fire with his latest accusations of bad faith negotiations by the players

Stern Accuses Players Of Bad-Faith Bargaining: CBS Sports reports that after a nearly three-hour farce of a bargaining session – the first between the two sides since owners imposed a lockout on July 1 – NBA Commissioner David Stern fielded one last question in a terse and decidedly glum media session. After saying, “I don’t feel optimistic about the players’ willingness to engage in a serious way,” Stern was asked if he believes the players are bargaining in good faith, or not. The grim-faced commissioner thought about it for several seconds and said, “I would say not. Thank you.”

Court Docs Detail Bryan Stow’s Beating: ESPN reports that newly released details in the attack that outraged baseball fans across the nation indicate that suspects Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood initially went after a group of young Giants fans in the stadium parking lot, with Sanchez taking a swing at one of them. Then, Bryan Stow and a group of friends walked past as Sanchez stood by his sister’s car. Sanchez hit two of them before chasing down Stow and punching him from behind in the side of his head, prosecutors said in a court document filed Monday.

The Disappearance Of The NCAA Death Penalty: Fox Sports examines how the NCAA’s harshest penalty has fallen into oblivion since its infliction on SMU’s football program in the 1980s.

Long Island Voters Reject Plan For $400 million Arena: The Associated Press reports that voters in a suburban New York community already paying some of the highest property taxes in the country overwhelmingly rejected a referendum Monday to borrow $400 million for the construction of a new hockey arena and ballpark. With 99 percent of the vote counted, the referendum failed 56 percent to 43 percent, according to unofficial returns from the Nassau County Board of Elections.

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