By Tom E. Curran
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FOXBORO - Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. So it's gotta be something if the owners and players are summitting privately as opposed to standing back-to-back with their arms folded over their chests. That was the point Patriots owner Robert Kraft made Thursday while meeting with media at Gillette Stadium following an event honoring community volunteers from around New England. Asked if the two sides are closer to resolving their differences now than March 11 when the lockout began, Kraft said, "I think so because we're talking now. We're making progress. But you know there's a lot of work to be done. This is a very hard deal with all the different variables . . . Sitting down and talking about the problems is a positive thing. But there's a lot of hard work still to be done. But the good news is, we're talking."Kraft at first smiled when asked how theinitially clandestine meetingsheld in Chicagolast week andLong Island this week had gone, "There were secret meetings?" he smirked.He then acknowledged, "We've been fortunate that we've had two rounds of talks and anytime principals are talking in any deal that's complicated or has some potential problems, I think that's a big plus. I'm happy that we're talking principal-to-principal. "We have the greatest game in America and a lot of people depending on this game, not just people working in this building -- service people, support people," Kraft added."I think on Sundays, it's part of Americana. People plan their day and we have to be very careful that we continue to enhance it. The fact we're continuing to talk is a very positive sign."
By Tom E. Curran