NHL owners, players set to meet without leaders
NEW YORK — Traditional labor talks have made little progress in the ongoing NHL lockout, so the league and the players’ association are going to try something different in an attempt to save the season that is slipping away.
A crew of six owners will meet with a handful of players on Tuesday in New York — one day before the league’s board of governors meeting — without Commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr. Bettman proposed the unique meeting on Wednesday when talks broke off following two days of negotiations with federal mediators, and it wasn’t agreed to until Sunday.
Originally the thought was no one other than owners and players would be in attendance, but each side will have staff and counsel there. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly will likely participate for the NHL, along with union special counsel Steve Fehr.
Ron Burkle (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mark Chipman (Winnipeg Jets), Murray Edwards (Calgary Flames), Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins), Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning) will take part in the talks, Daly said. The players’ association didn’t immediately announce who will attend from its side.
“No further details have been confirmed at this point,” Daly said in a statement announcing the meeting. “We will provide further details when available and as appropriate.”
Neither the NHL nor the players’ association had input on who would attend on the opposite side, Daly said in an email to The Associated Press.
All games through Dec. 14 have already been wiped off the schedule, along with the outdoor Winter Classic on New Year’s Day and All-Star Weekend that was slated for January in Columbus, Ohio.
Bulls say Hamilton has torn tissue in left foot
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls say veteran guard Richard Hamilton has torn tissue in his left foot.
The team says an MRI on Sunday confirmed he tore the plantar fascia tissue and will return “as his symptoms permit.” Hamilton left Saturday’s game against Philadelphia in the third quarter and returned to hit three of four free throws in the final 20 seconds, clinching a 93-88 win.
He said afterward that he felt something pop on the bottom of his foot.
Injuries limited him to 28 games last season — his first in Chicago.
Kaymer captures Nedbank Golf Challenge
SUN CITY, South Africa — Martin Kaymer of Germany shot a 3-under 69 to earn his first title of 2012, holding on for a two-shot victory in rainy conditions at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Kaymer finished at 8-under 280, two ahead of Charl Schwartzel (69) of South Africa. Bill Haas of the United States was third after a 71.
Kaymer was in trouble twice toward the end, pulling his tee shoot deep into the rough on the par-5 No. 14. He blasted out and made a brilliant birdie. He bogeyed No. 15 to allow Schwartzel to get within one shot, but recovered through the last three holes to close out his first win since Nov. 20, 2011.
South African Louis Oosthuizen (74) was fourth. Two-time defending champion Lee Westwood’s run at Sun City ended with a 73, seven shots behind the winner.
The rest of the 12-man field were over par through four rounds at a tough Gary Player Country Club layout, where narrow fairways, stubborn rough, gusty winds and — on Sunday — steady rain made scoring consistently difficult. No one shot better than 69 all week. Kaymer’s win was his first since the WGC HSBC Champions last year and earned him a $1.25 million check.
Vonn races to 2nd straight Lake Louise hat trick
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta — Lindsey Vonn is in a class by herself when it comes to women’s World Cup skiing at Lake Louise.
After winning both downhills, Vonn capped a sweep with a victory in Sunday’s super-G. The American star recorded a hat trick at the Alberta resort for the second straight year after winning all three races in 2011.
Vonn now has 14 career wins at Lake Louise, and she hopes that’s enough to prompt the world governing body of skiing to re-consider her request to race the men’s World Cup at the site.
“It’s not like I’m getting 20th every day and saying I want to race the men,” Vonn said. “I try to let my skiing speak for itself.
“I think this weekend was the next step for me and a testament to why I want to race with the men.”
The U.S. women’s team had a banner weekend in the season-opening speed events. Julia Mancuso was second in Sunday’s super-G after Stacey Cook was runner-up to Vonn in both downhills.
Anna Fenninger of Austria was third Sunday.
Syracuse’s Spruill, Rene charged by police
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse linebacker Marquis Spruill and tailback Steve Rene have been charged following an altercation with police early Sunday near campus.
Spruill was charged with disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment. Rene was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Both appeared to be intoxicated, police said.
Coach Doug Marrone said he was aware of the situation and will handle it in the “appropriate fashion.”
The 21-year-old juniors were arrested after Syracuse police responded to a large crowd at 12:25 a.m. According to a police report, Rene was in the middle of the street yelling at people and using profanity, then blocked a car trying to turn and “appeared angry and ready to fight.”
Rene fought the officers who tried to handcuff him until another officer with a police dog got him to comply. Spruill tried to intervene on Rene’s behalf, grabbing an officer from behind before being taken away by another officer, the report said.
Police said the players were placed in the back of a prisoner van and Spruill kicked the inside of the vehicle’s walls, at one point causing the door to swing open and nearly hit an officer in the face.