NFL lockout in the final countdown?
NFL: On Day 128 of the lockout, the owners approved a potential labor deal 31-0 (with the Oakland Raiders abstaining). That leaves the final decision with the NFL Players Association, which has yet to vote. The proposed 10-year deal would pay rookies substantially less and gives the players 47 percent of total revenue over the life of the agreement. A vote on Friday among the NFLPA seems likely after it received a copy of the owner-approved agreement on Thursday night. Either way, an agreement seems imminent!
MLB: Los Angeles police are expected to exonerate Giovanni Ramirez (the suspect they took into custody in May) after arresting two other men on Wednesday in the case of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten on Opening Day. The elite Robbery Homicide Division had struggled to build a case against Ramirez. Hopefully, it will find that an easier task with the actual perpetrators.
Side note: C.J. Wilson threw a complete game on Thursday, allowing just two hits and no earned runs -- and lost! -- as the Rangers fell to Jered Weaver and the Angels 1-0.
NBA: My pet peeve: The NBA and the players' union are not talking about how to end this lockout. As a result, the biggest brand in the NBA -- that would be Kobe Bryant -- is talking to the Besiktas Turkish league. They're trying to get a sponsor to offset the cost of this potential coup: a cool million bucks a month. Really? Kobe in Turkey? David Stern has to be nursing one monster migraine right about now.
Side note: Sources tell ESPN.com that Lawrence Frank, former head coach of the New Jersey Nets and an assistant last season with the Boston Celtics, was selected to coach the Pistons. Let's hope he takes control of this storied franchise and stops its recent trend of player insubordination.
Golf: Tiger Woods' ex-caddie Steve Williams has been vocal (read: angry) about the recent boot he got from his old boss. He said Tiger will have to re-earn his respect and that he feels betrayed after standing by him through his recent travails. Vegas already has odds on who will replace him!
NHL: Aaron Boogaard, whose brother, NHL player Derek Boogaard, OD'd tragically this spring, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of prescription fraud and possession of pills (both felony narcotics charges). Police records list the date of Aaron's alleged crime as May 13, the day Derek's body was found after he died from a mix of alcohol and oxycodone. The brothers lived together and had a close relationship. A statement released by the troubled Boogaard family said: "One thing is certain, the charges brought against Aaron have nothing to do with his brother, Derek Boogaard's death." What happened that night? Details are sure to follow.
Women's soccer: This week, Abby Wambach and Hope Solo took to the talk show circuit, with appearances on both David Letterman -- and then < a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSayMDnc1Qg" target="new">Jon Stewart on Thursday night. Both hosts tried to mix it up with a little soccer play. Letterman and the women drilled balls into cabs that drove by. Stewart tried to "reenact" Wambach's fantastic header goal during the Women's World Cup quarterfinal win over Brazil. Letterman was funnier -- except when he asked Solo if she could kick the ball! Um, she didn't love that.