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  • ** FILE ** In this March 11, 2011, file photo, New York Giants owner John Mara speaks with reporters about labor negotiations in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    NY Giants owner fumbles in bid to escape jury duty

    The owner of the New York Giants tried a courthouse version of the Hail Mary pass Tuesday to escape serving on a jury hearing a drug trial before a judge threw him for a loss, rejecting excuses that included the upcoming NFL draft and his role as a negotiator for team owners in the work stoppage that resulted from their dispute with players.


  • Giants, Bills, Panthers, Jets alter ticket plans

    The New York Giants and Jets, Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills made changes to their season-ticket plans this year to account for the lockout, with the Giants taking the biggest step by not requiring renewals until the labor stoppage ends.


  • Giants, Mara give ticketholders a break

    New York Giants president and CEO John Mara remains optimistic that there will be an NFL season in 2011. But, to keep Giants fans at ease, he said on Wednesday that season ticketholders won't have to make payments until the lockout ends.


  • NFL owners Robert Kraft, New England Patriots, left, talks with Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys, as NFL Roger Goodell, second from right, and John Mara, New York Giants, arrive for football labor negotiations with the NFL involving a federal mediator in Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Clock ticks down in NFL labor talks

    Locked in a multibillion-dollar staredown, the NFL and the players' union headed toward the final day of their expiring collective bargaining agreement with no word of significant progress and the increasing likelihood of moves that eventually could threaten the 2011 season.


  • Rich McKay, co-chairman of the NFL competition committee, speaks to reporters about proposed rule changes at the NFL owners meetings, Monday, March 21, 2011, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Goodell hopes labor can be settled by Super Bowl

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said a new labor agreement could be in place by the Super Bowl "if we all commit to it and work hard at it."


  • Sides negotiate, "nothing to report"

    The NFL and the players association met Friday for a negotiating session toward a new collective bargaining agreement, with a league spokesman saying there "was nothing to report."


  • Bob Sheppard's funeral: a majestic voice stilled

    Bob Sheppard considered himself a speech teacher more than a public address announcer, enlightening students about the importance of diction and elocution.


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