Labor problems could be looming for NBA
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's party week was briefly interrupted by a sobering message about the league's labor situation.
Now it could be the NBA's turn.
The league's collective bargaining agreement also will expire in 2011, and management and the players' association will meet next weekend during the All-Star events in Dallas as they try to negotiate a new one.
Indications are it won't be easy. CBSSports.com, citing a person familiar with the document, reported that the first proposal the league sent the union last week called for a reduction of the players' share of the basketball-related income from 57 percent to below 50, as well as reductions in the length and amount of maximum value contracts, and elements of a "hard" salary cap to replace the current system that forces teams exceeding the cap to pay a luxury tax.
FBI documents show Daly was threatened
DETROIT (AP) — Government records show the FBI investigated threatening letters sent to Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly at the height of his team's success during the 1989-90 "Bad Boys" championship era.
The 67 pages were recently obtained by The Associated Press as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. Daly died in May at age 78.
His teams played a punishing, in-your-face brand of defense that angered opposing players and coaches, and — based on the letters examined by the FBI — fans, too.
The records detail how federal agents in Detroit ordered various lab tests to determine who sent the letters. But no suspects ever were identified.
One letter was mailed from Cleveland and postmarked April 24, 1989. In it, the author writes to Daly that he "will be very sorry."
Florida St. announces it will vacate wins
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State University says it will vacate a 2007 bowl victory and 11 regular season football wins, along with dozens more across 10 men's and women's sports, because of NCAA sanctions.
The school announced which wins would be vacated in a memorandum to the NCAA on Sunday. Last month, the governing body for college sports upheld a previous decision to strip the school of victories in which 61 athletes involved in an academic cheating scandal had participated.
Also vacated were 22 men's basketball wins in 2006-07; 16 women's basketball victories in that season and six in the next; and several placings in track and field, swimming, cross country and golf.
The football wins came under former coach Bobby Bowden, who amassed the second-most wins in college football history.
Los Leones del Escogido wins title
MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela (AP) — Los Leones del Escogido from the Dominican Republic have won the Caribbean Series, beating Venezuela's Leones del Caracas 7-4 Sunday night in the final game of the six-day series.
The Dominican Republic finished 5-1, one game better than Puerto Rico's Indios de Mayaguez, who went 4-2. It's the third Caribbean Series title for the Dominican club and the 18th for a team from the Dominican Republic.
Gulati re-elected as U.S. soccer boss
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Sunil Gulati has been unanimously re-elected to a second four-year term as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Gulati succeeded Bob Contiguglia in March 2006.
A member of Columbia University's economics department, Gulati also heads the U.S. bid to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022. He helped put together the successful bid that brought the 1994 World Cup to the United States.