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Owner disputes claim

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair on Wednesday denied allegations that he participated in secret meetings to discuss NFL labor talks.

The allegations were in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the NFL Players Association last week by union employee Mary Moran.

She says she was a confidential informant for the Labor Department and gave investigators evidence that former NFLPA president Troy Vincent and other union members met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and McNair. The meetings were allegedly to provide the league access to confidential union information.

Moran also alleges in the lawsuit that NFLPA executive committee member and former Texan Mark Bruener and Texans player representative Kris Brown attended the meetings.

“There’s no truth to it at all,” McNair told Houston television station KRIV. “There was never any involvement on my part or Kris Brown or Mark Bruener.

McNair added that he meets with players about many issues.

“… What (Moran) suggests is completely without foundation. It is outrageous.”

Pacman staying put

Adam “Pacman” Jones won’t be playing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after all.

The CFL team announced it has ended its pursuit of the controversial ex-NFL cornerback, who has twice been suspended by the NFL for off-field incidents, one day after multiple reports said Jones would play for the team.

Extra points

The Dallas Cowboys are worth $1.65 billion, the most of any U.S.-based sports franchise, according to Forbes magazine’s annual rankings. Only Manchester United of the English Premier League is worth more worldwide, $1.87 billion. … Not wanting to risk injury to any starter, Minnesota coach Brad Childress said all starters will not play in the exhibition finale Friday against Dallas – including quarterback Brett Favre. … The Detroit Lions claimed former Patriots backup quarterback Kevin O’Connell off waivers. … Saints safety Usama Young’s failure to appear in court for parking in a handicap spot in 2008 led to his arrest this week after he was stopped for speeding in suburban New Orleans.

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