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Source: NFL refs agree to new contract

| Monday, Sept. 17, 2001

NEW YORK - The NFL and its officials agreed to a new contract Monday, all but ending the lockout and the need for replacements, a league source told The Associated Press.

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.

  • The college football season was extended a week when the Southeastern Conference moved its championship game to Dec. 8. The 2001 regular season was supposed to end Dec. 1 with six major college games - the SEC and Big 12 title games and four others, including Army-Navy. Plans changed when games were canceled after terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

    BASEBALL
    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.

    BASKETBALL
    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.

  • Sam Perkins , at 40 the oldest player in the NBA last season, was released by the Indiana Pacers in a cost-cutting move yesterday.

    JURISPRUDENCE
    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.

    MOTORSPORTS
    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.

    OFF THE FIELD
    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.

  • The world wrestling championships scheduled for New York this month have been postponed because of the terrorist attacks and could be moved to another site.

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