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SPORTS BRIEFS

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FOOTBALL

Tight end sorry over photos

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski apologized in Foxboro, Massachusetts, on Wednesday for posing in pictures with pornographic film performer BiBi Jones, saying he never meant to hurt the team’s reputation. The pictures, posted on her Twitter account, featured her wearing his jersey and one in which he was shirtless. They were taken last week when the Patriots had an off week in the NFL schedule and he was in Arizona.

BOXING

Mayweather acquitted

Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr was acquitted on Wednesday of charges he threatened to send armed friends to harm two security guards at a gated community in suburban Las Vegas. Mayweather, undefeated in 42 bouts and widely regarded as the best defensive fighter of his generation, was found not guilty by a judge, court records showed. The ruling said prosecutors failed to meet the burden of proof. The boxing star was charged with misdemeanor harassment stemming from accusations a year ago that he threatened the guards by saying his “homies” had guns and would be called to “take care” of the two men, according to the criminal complaint. “This was a homeowner’s association dispute that got blown out of proportion,” said his lawyer, Richard Wright. Mayweather was angry at the guards and raised his voice, but never threatened them, Wright said.

BASKETBALL

NBA holds marathon talks

NBA owners and players have ended a marathon negotiation session, meeting for more than 15 hours in talks aimed at ending the lockout. The talks were centered on the salary cap system, a person with knowledge of the discussions told reporters, adding that “both sides are demonstrating a commitment to getting a deal done.” The sides returned to bargaining with a small group meeting less than a week after three intense days of mediation didn’t produce a new labor deal. Wednesday’s negotiations marked the second-longest bargaining session since the lockout began on July 1. The talks stretched into early yesterday morning, the first time bargaining has gone past 3am.

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