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PROGRESS MADE IN NBA LABOR TALKS

Progress was finally made in NBA labor talks Friday, with players and owners making several compromises during the longest negotiating session of the 143-day-old lockout.

"I would say there has been some movement from both sides," commissioner David Stern said after about 9 1/2 hours of meetings ended shortly before 11 p.m. "I think it's fair to say that there's an evident spirit of an attempt to reach (agreement) on both sides."

Sources involved in the talks, speaking on the condition they not be identified, told the Associated Press each side had moved a couple of points off its desired salary percentages. The owners had been demanding 50 percent, while the players wanted 60.

The owners also agreed to accept, with conditions, the idea of a 10 percent limit on the amount of an "escrow tax" that could be withheld from players' paychecks in years four, five and six of a seven-year deal, sources said.

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