Sports briefs for Monday, Nov. 5, 2012

By BDN Staff and Wire Reports, Special to the BDN
Posted Nov. 05, 2012, at 6:58 p.m.

Sunday River to open for ski season Tuesday

NEWRY — Sunday River plans to open at 9 a.m. Tuesday for skiing and snowboarding, according to a Monday press release from the resort.

The resort credits its potential top-to bottom open terrain to a recent $1 million investment into snowmaking.

“Thanks to our new energy-efficient snowguns, we’re able to make more snow on more trails by using less air than in years past,” said ski resort president Dana Bullen.

Sunday River will with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the following trails: T2, Upper Punch, Sunday Punch, and Lower Punch with access off of its Locke Mountain Triple chairlift.

In the event that snowmaking temperatures are too warm near the base overnight, the resort will continue to make snow in higher elevations and will instead open its T2 trail and use its Locke Mountain Triple chairlift for mid-station and download access in the morning.

NHL, union to return to bargaining table Tuesday

NEW YORK — The NHL and the players’ association stuck to their word and made quick plans to get back to the bargaining table.

After all-day negotiations Saturday, the sides agreed Monday to resume talks on Tuesday in New York. Both sides said the discussions over the weekend were good, creating some optimism that perhaps a deal could soon be reached to save the already truncated hockey season.

The NHL and union hadn’t met since Oct. 18 when each side turned down offers. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players’ association special counsel Steve Fehr got together by themselves Saturday in an undisclosed location and held productive talks.

“We had a series of meetings over the course of the day and had a good, frank discussion on the most important issues separating us,” Daly said Sunday.

He and Fehr talked on the phone several times during the week and reached enough common ground to make face-to-face meetings possible.

Fehr echoed Daly’s encouraging remarks after Saturday’s get-together that lasted well into the night.

“Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress,” Fehr said.

Derek Sanderson’s rise, fall told in new book

TORONTO — Derek Sanderson recalls mixing cocktails in a salad spinner and consuming four bottles of Soave Bolla wine before noon “just to get square.”

Then there were the pills and drugs and the women the former Boston Bruins star partied with.

Sanderson tells it all in a new book, “Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original.”

US women’s soccer to play China 3 times next month

CHICAGO — The U.S. women’s team will play three exhibitions against China in an eight-day span next month, with new coach Tom Sermanni watching as an observer.

The Americans said Monday they will play China at Detroit’s Ford Field on Dec. 8, at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium on Dec. 12 and at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla., on Dec. 15.

In hiring Sermanni last week to replace Pia Sundhage, the U.S. Soccer Federation said Jill Ellis will continue as interim coach for the final five games this year, including matches against Ireland on Nov. 28 in Portland, Ore., and on Dec. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. Sermanni takes over the U.S. team on Jan. 1.

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Sermanni has coached Australia for eight years and will lead that nation in the East Asian Cup qualifying from Nov. 20-24 at Shenzen, China.

Payton could be a coaching free agent in 2013

NEW ORLEANS — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he has “a lot of faith” in coach Jason Garrett and dismisses reports that he might be interested in bringing in Sean Payton next season.

The New Orleans Saints coach was suspended for the season by the NFL for his role in the bounty scandal, and the league has taken issue with a clause in his contract extension. If that matter isn’t addressed, Payton could be a coaching free agent next season.

The Saints have no comment. ESPN reports the league objected to Payton being allowed to nix the deal if general manager Mickey Loomis left the organization for any reason.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will only say “we told them what the issue was. Now it’s up to the team and Sean Payton.”

Three minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

NEW YORK — Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jose Dominguez has been suspended for 25 games for a violation of baseball’s minor league drug program, and free agents Emerson Martinez and Luis Valenzuela have been penalized 50 games apiece after positive tests.

Dominguez is a right-hander with Chattanooga of the Double-A Southern League. He was 4-3 with a 5.25 ERA in five starts and 28 relief appearances this year for Great Lakes of the Class A Midwest League and 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA in five relief appearances for Chattanooga.

The reason for his suspension was not announced.

Martinez, a right-hander, tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, as did Valenzuela, a shortstop.

There have been 101 violations of the minor league program this year and six of the major league plan.

Bills DE Anderson has setback after knee surgery

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills starting defensive end Mark Anderson could miss another three weeks after having a setback recovering from left knee surgery.

Coach Chan Gailey said Monday that team doctors haven’t ruled out Anderson requiring what he called another “procedure.” If that happens, Gailey said Anderson would miss about three weeks.

Anderson has already missed three games since being hurt in a 45-3 loss at San Francisco on Oct. 7.

Gailey said starting cornerback Aaron Williams will miss a few weeks after hurting his right knee a day earlier in a 21-9 loss at Houston. Gailey said the injury is not as bad as initially feared.

Receiver Stevie Johnson is expected to play at New England on Sunday after he came up limping after hurting his right leg against the Texans.

Calhoun to make cameo in UConn broadcast booth

STORRS, Conn. — Former Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun has agreed to make his debut as a radio commentator during the Huskies’ season opener against Michigan State in Germany.

The Hall-of-Fame coach, who retired in September, will provide color Friday to go along with Joe D’Ambrosio’s play-by-play of the Armed Forces Classic on the UConn Radio Network.

The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at the Ramstein Air Base.

Calhoun will sit in for longtime color commentator Wayne Norman, who is staying in Connecticut to broadcast UConn’s football game that same night against Pittsburgh.

School spokesman Mike Enright said there are no plans at this point to have Calhoun broadcast other UConn basketball games. The former coach is still employed by the university as a special assistant to the athletic director.

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