Source: NFL refs agree to new contract
The deal, which must be ratified by the 119 officials, is for the same amount of money the league had offered Sept. 4, although some details are different.
It calls for a 50 percent raise this season and 100 percent by the fourth year of a six-year contract, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The officials were to vote on the deal via e-mail, a process expected to be finished by Wednesday morning.
Tom Condon , chief negotiator for the union, had no immediate comment.
Carl Everett was suspended for four games by the Boston Red Sox yesterday, a day after reporting late to a workout, the latest in a series of penalties against the outfielder. Everett reportedly berated manager Joe Kerrigan , who had told him to leave when he arrived late. He also had several run-ins with Jimy Williams , who was fired as manager Aug. 16.
Michael Jordan was listed as an active player for 90 minutes on the Washington Wizards on the team’s Web site, but NBA spokesman Tim Frank said it was just a clerical error and Jordan’s name was removed. Jordan had all but confirmed he would announce a comeback at a news conference as early as this week. Because of the terrorist attacks, he is now more likely to announce his decision in a more low-key manner, such as a faxed news release, in the next two weeks.
Former junior middleweight boxer Tony Ayala Jr. pleaded guilty to burglary yesterday in a deal that calls for 90 days in jail and 10 years’ probation.
Doctors in Berlin performed a follow-up operation on Alex Zanardi yesterday, saying the two-time CART champion was not out of danger after losing his legs in a crash Saturday at the CART American Memorial 500.
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Florida State defensive end Eric Powell was in stable condition after being shot in the lower back the day before. Powell was shot early Sunday, an apparent victim of a robbery attempt, university officials said. The senior remained in the intensive care unit at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.