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NBAStern says contraction

likely to be discussed

Commissioner David Stern said Friday he thinks eliminating teams will be on the table during collective bargaining as a way to solve the league's financial woes. " . . . I think that's a subject that will be on the table with the players as we look to see what's the optimum way to present our game, and are there cities and teams that cannot make it in the current economic environment." first reported that the league would "continue to be open to contraction," after Stern said he wanted player costs reduced by $700-800 million.

Court deemed unsafe

A slippery court installed over an NHL ice surface at the St. Pete Times Forum forced the cancellation of the preseason game between the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat. The NBA, in a statement, said the conditions were unsafe.

NHLRypien banned for six

Vancouver enforcer Rick Rypien was suspended six games for grabbing a fan during the Canucks' loss at Minnesota on Tuesday.

NFLJets cut Cummings

The Jets have waived linebacker Kenwin Cummings, who played mostly on special teams . . . Colts' tight end Dallas Clark was put on injured reserve and will have season-ending wrist surgery.

COLLEGESTrust fund for LeGrand

A trust fund has been established to help provide support for the care of Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers defensive tackle who was paralyzed last week. Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti said the "Eric LeGrand Believe Fund" provides an outlet for the many people and organizations who have expressed interest in making contributions to LeGrand's family. - AP

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