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NEGOTIATORS SPENDING WEEKEND BEING SAD, LONELY BUT PEACEFUL

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Just another lazy summer Sunday as far as baseball negotiators were concerned.

Management leader Richard Ravitch played tennis and listened to music. Union head Donald Fehr went to his office and answered mail."It's a sad, lonely but peaceful weekend," executive council chairman Bud Selig said by telephone from his home in Milwaukee.

No new talks were scheduled. The sides said they intended to speak by telephone Monday but didn't know if it would result in a bargaining session.

"No communication across the planetary space," said Eugene Orza, the union's No. 2 official.

Forty-two games were wiped out on the first weekend of the baseball players strike. If the walkout continues through Friday, it would become the sport's second-longest in terms of canceled games.

Ravitch repeatedly says he will "leave no stone unturned" in an effort to arrive at a settlement.

Speaking of Stones, Mick Jagger even took time to comment on baseball's eighth work stoppage since 1972.

"We're the only stadium act that's not on strike," he said as the Rolling Stones played Friday night at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Players, meanwhile, fanned out across the country. Many went to golf courses over the weekend and worked at their favorite leisure activity.

"I'd say the chances are better of me breaking 90 today than hitting .400," San Diego's Tony Gwynn said as the weekend began.

Organizers of a celebrity tournament next weekend in North Falmouth, Mass., said Cincinnati Reds manager Davey Johnson would play and hoped they'd be able to get Roger Clemens and Tom Glavine, too.

On Sunday night, Kansas City Royals were set to join their wives in a fashion show.

In Springfield, Ill., for a horse auction, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner backed off from his statements earlier in the week that owners should join Ravitch at the bargaining table. Steinbrenner and Colorado Rockies owner Jerry McMorris both said management should have people at the table who have invested in the game.

"It was merely a suggestion. That's Bud Selig's decision to make," Steinbrenner said. "I'm a trooper behind him."

Steinbrenner praised McMorris as one of baseball's best new owners and said he should be on the negotiating team if owners are included.

A former owner, Charlie Finley, predicted owners won't get the salary cap they're demanding from the union. He said owners will need cash to repay bank loans.

"I foresee enough owners to be concerned about making payments on their clubs that they're going to have to give in at the end," Finley said. "They've done it so many times before."

In Washington, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell said he doesn't think the Senate should consider stripping the sport of its antitrust exemption.

The Senate Judiciary Committee in June voted 10-7 against a bill that would have removed baseball's antitrust exemption in labor matters. Mitchell, a Maine Democrat believed to be the favorite to become commissioner, was asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" if the Senate should reconsider.

"No, I don't believe so," Mitchell said. "We're dealing with health care and crime, which we're going to have to deal with, which will take all of our time.

"I believe this is a matter to be resolved by the parties in collective bargaining. That's what the collective bargaining process is. That's what it should be. I'm not involved in it in any way, despite all of the speculation. But I think it's fair to say both sides are losing financially as a result of the strike, and it ought to be settled between them in their own collective bargaining."