Facebook Twitter


NBA player factions readying for action

NEW YORK - Players who want to accept a deal their union made with the NBA, and players who want the union to be decertified are ready to make their moves.

The National Basketball Players Association planned a series of regional meetings today regarding the tentative agreement with the NBA, The New York Times reported in today's editions.

The newspaper also said the leaders of the movement to decertify the union planned a news conference for today in Chicago to offer their views on the proposed six-year collective bargaining agreement, announced Aug. 8 just before the union's midnight deadline.

Union executive director Simon Gourdine told the newspaper that he and three other union officials will meet in pairs with players in 17 cities on eight dates through Aug. 28. The first meetings were scheduled today at Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix and Oakland, followed by sessions Friday at Denver and Chicago.

Players will decide on two voting days - Aug. 30 and Sept. 7 - whether to accept the contract or to dissolve their union and go through the federal courts.

Summerhays wins

Boyd Summerhays captured his second major event in junior golf on Tuesday, winning the Independent Insurance Agents Junior Classic by three strokes.

The Farmington golfer fired a 2-over 290 in four rounds of the event, which was played in Nashville, Tenn. He closed with a 2-under-par 70.

The event drew all of the top junior golfers from around the country. He finished ahead of Bryce Molder of Conway, Ark. and Charles Howell of Augusta, GA., the only 17-and-under golfers ranked ahead of Summerhays. West Bountiful's Scott Hailes finished tied for 42nd and Spanish Fork's Blair Bingham missed the 36-hole cut.

Next up for Summerhays on the big-four schedule will be the PGA Junior National, which will be played in West Palm Beach, Fla.