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Oct 20, 2011 4:25 AM by Lee Douglas

NBA labor talks continue

NEW YORK (AP) - NBA owners and players have ended negotiations after more than eight hours. Federal mediator George Cohen says the two sides will resume bargaining on Thursday afternoon, the third straight day the sides have met under the mediator's auspices.

Cohen says the discussions have been "direct and constructive."

The two sides have met for more than 24 hours in a 32-hour span.

Without a deal this week, Commissioner David Stern might have to decide when a next round of cancellations would be necessary. The season was supposed to begin Nov. 1, but all games through Nov. 14 have been scrapped, costing players about $170 million in salaries during the 111-day lockout.

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