NBA lockout 'imminent'

Posted: September 18, 2009

The lead negotiator and spokesman for the NBA's referees union said a lockout appears "imminent and unavoidable" following the latest breakdown in talks.

Lamell McMorris said the officials made another $1 million in concessions in a proposal yesterday, but believes it's evident the league is not interested in further discussions. The officials then headed home after spending the last 24 hours meeting in Chicago.

The contract between the NBA and its officials expired Sept. 1 and the sides have been trying to reach a new, 2-year deal.

Without a new deal, replacement officials will be used when preseason play opens Oct. 1.

In other NBA news:

* A judge in California has ruled that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant's former housekeeper can continue her wrongful discharge case but can't sue for emotional distress.

* Veteran forward Juwan Howard signed a 1-year contract with Portland.

Philly File

* Baseball coach Steve Carr, of Cardinal Dougherty High, has resigned to become an assistant at Widener University.

* Archbishop Wood Brian O'Grady, a second-team Daily News All-City outfielder last spring, has committed to play baseball at Rutgers.

* Junior point guard John Johnson, of Girard College, has committed to Pitt for basketball.

* The Major League Soccer expansion draft to stock the Union roster will be held Nov. 25.

Sport Stops

* Arkansas basketball coach John Pelphrey said he will suspend at least one player two to three games following a rape investigation that did not result in charges. No players were named.

* Ohio State starting right tackle Jim Cordle will miss the next 3 to 4 weeks with an ankle injury.

* Roger Federer has been fined $1,500 for using a profanity while arguing with the chair umpire during the U.S. Open final.

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