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         Robert Kheel, lead negotiator for MLB in its labor dispute
    with locked out umpires, said there must be a settlement within
    "the next couple days" for the umpires to be ready for Opening
    Day.  The MLBUA delivered a new proposal on Monday, but Kheel
    said there were no talks yesterday.  Kheel:  "We're substantially
    apart still" (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 4/19).  MLBUA General
    Counsel Richie Phillips made an offer that the umpires would
    return to work if the owners agreed to continue negotiations
    until a new CBA is reached.  Phillips "said he has been assured
    there will be support from players and that President Clinton
    will not cross picket lines to throw out the first pitch opening
    day."  But White House spokesperson Ginny Terzano said no
    decision has been made.  MLB spokesperson Rich Levin:  "As far as
    I know, the president has not been invited to attend any of the
    openers" (Hal Bodley, USA TODAY, 4/19).
    "downplayed" comments he made regarding a union investigation of
    collusion among owners on players' salaries this spring.  Fehr
    said the union "always reviews" for possible collusion, but that
    they have no specific evidence relating to this spring (Mark
    Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 4/19).

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         NBA players "were portrayed yesterday as being outraged that
    they have not been informed of the reasons behind the abrupt
    resignation" of NBPA Exec Dir Charles Grantham, writes Murray
    Chass of the N.Y. TIMES.  "Some players, according to their
    agents, believe the union is engaged in a cover-up of the real
    reasons" for Grantham's departure.  A joint release from the
    union and Grantham on Friday cited only "irreconcilable
    differences," and as of yesterday players still had not been
    informed what that meant.  In an interview, Grantham denied all
    rumors:  "How many organizations have you seen change
    leaderships?  It's never one thing; it's a series of several
    things.  Leadership wanted to go in one direction, I in another.
    There was disagreement.  I chose to resign."  Simon Gourdine, the
    NBPA's General Counsel and a former Deputy Commissioner of the
    NBA, has taken over as Exec Dir.  While one agent says that "no
    one expects Simon to be the one negotiating with David Stern,"
    Chass floats a "bizarre" scenario by which Richard Ravitch,
    former negotiator for MLB's owners, would take over the NBPA's
    negotiations.  Ravitch headed New York's Metropolitan Transit
    Authority when Gourdine was counsel there.  In addition, labor
    lawyers and agents both raised concerns that a financial
    settlement was reached with Grantham without a vote of player
    reps, and that Gourdine assumed the Exec Dir position without a
    vote of the Executive Board (N.Y. TIMES, 4/19).
         MORE DIGGING:  Jackie MacMullan reports that Grantham was
    "forced out because of alleged improprieties involving expense
    accounts."  One player rep:  "It had nothing to do with
    collective bargaining" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/18).

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