7-17-11: Bird Droppings - Lockout News

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As we move into another quiet weekend, here are some updates on the Lockout that is nearing its end.

Arizona Cardinals News:

Former ASU linebacker Pat Tillman enshrined into College Football Hall of Fame
Former Arizona State linebacker and Cardinals safety Pat Tillman was one of 16 players enshrined Saturday night into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Arizona Sports News:

Brandon Allen, Diamondbacks edge Dodgers to even series
Their big-league journeys couldn't be more different. Geoff Blum is in the midst of his 13th season and carries a resume highlighted by a World Series Championship with the Chicago White Sox in 2005. Brandon Allen is a youngster with less than 200 Major-League at-bats searching for a permanent home with the big club. But both players made their first start of the season for the Diamondbacks on Saturday in front of 28,897 and helped deliver a 3-2 win against the Dodgers. The series, tied at 1, concludes on Sunday.

NFL News:

NFL lockout -- Mediation on tap as league meeting looms - ESPN
NFL owners and players will return to the negotiating table in a mediation setting on Monday and Tuesday in Washington D.C. to settle a handful of unresolved issues, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

Your upcoming labor talks schedule | ProFootballTalk
With an apparent last minute power play in the works, we still have some important labor talks left to go. So what’s the schedule for the upcoming days?

Report: Owners, players will meet Monday after all | ProFootballTalk
The owners and players will meet again after all. Short after a report surfaced that the two sides were unlikely to need face-to-face sessions again, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports the two sides will indeed meet again on Monday and Tuesday.

Players apparently are making a last-minute power play | ProFootballTalk
When I left Hilton Head Saturday morning, it had been suggested that almost nothing could derail a new labor deal. That attitude possibly has jinked the entire process.

Cincinnati Bengals' Cedric Benson jailed on family-assault charge - ESPN
Running back Cedric Benson was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury to a family member early Sunday morning in Central Texas.

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