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BASEBALL OFFICIALS TAKE GRID BREAK

Even baseball officials spent Labor Day weekend watching football.

Acting commissioner Bud Selig, who says he'll probably cancel the rest of the season if there's no agreement by Friday, spent Sunday at home in Milwaukee watching the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-10."It's strangely and sadly quiet," Selig said.

Management lawyers John Westhoff and Lou Melendez watched the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-23 at Melendez's house in New Jersey.

"Nothing's scheduled," management negotiator Richard Ravitch said from his home in Pound Ridge, N.Y.

Ravitch said telephone conversations were taking place but he didn't detail them. Agents and owners have been feeling each other out to see if a consensus can be built to support a deal without a salary cap.

Owners contend a cap is necessary for the future survival of the game.

"I'm not trying to create the impression of activity," Ravitch said, "but I just prefer not to talk."

Union head Donald Fehr, who also spent the weekend at home in Westchester County, N.Y., said he didn't think anything important was occurring behind the scenes.

The strike completed its 24th day and wiped out 14 more games. A total of 311 have been canceled thus far and today will be the first Labor Day without major league baseball since the holiday was established exactly 100 years ago.