NFL, players union far apart on core issues
The federal mediator overseeing the NFL's labor talks said Thursday that "some progress" has been made in the negotiations between the league and the players' union but "very strong differences remain" on the core issues of the dispute.
The talks before the mediator are to resume Tuesday, said George H. Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. . . .
The NFL's rule-making competition committee is studying the possibility of proposing further prohibitions on hits to the head, a committee member said.
"I think our main focus has been on player safety issues and how we can cut back on contact to the head," New York Giants co-owner John Mara said. "We just spent a few hours talking to the players about that. . . . We're trying to cut down on these hits to the head because we're concerned about the effects.
"The players are mixed about that," Mara said. "A lot of them are defensive players and their response is, 'What can we do?' Our response is, 'Lower the angle.' "
- Mark Maske
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was sentenced to probation and 200 hours of community service under a plea deal for his role in a 2007 strip club melee in Las Vegas.
Jones received a suspended sentence and was also ordered to receive anger management counseling. The sentence requires Jones to undergo random drug testing. . . .
New Denver Broncos Coach John Fox said Kyle Orton is his starter, not Tim Tebow.
Fox said at his NFL scouting combine news conference in Indianapolis that if the season started today, he'd go with the more seasoned Orton. The move will upset Tebow's legion of fans.
Nakia Sanford left the Washington Mystics to sign with the Phoenix Mercury as a free agent. Sanford, a 6-foot-4 center-forward, spent eight seasons with the Mystics. No player on the current roster had been with the club longer.