NHL sides to meet again in New York
The NHL and the players’ union will meet in New York City on Monday morning and try to hammer out a collective bargaining agreement to end the 107-day lockout.
The sides met for 2 hours Sunday to go over the NHL’s latest proposal, but there was no formal negotiating.
On Monday, the union is expected to make a counter-proposal to the owners’ 300-page offer.
The NHL made some concessions, but Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, is expected to challenge the league’s proposed $60 million salary cap for 2013-14 — it would be at $70.2 million this season but would be prorated for 48 games. He also is expected to challenge the stipulation that amnesty buyouts count toward the players’ 50 percent share of hockey-related revenue.
Fehr is believed to be trying to get the owners to cap escrow payments.
The league said its proposal is contingent on having a CBA in place by Jan. 11, with the season starting Jan. 19.
Both sides seem agreeable on several issues, including the 50/50 hockey-related revenue split, the $300 million the owners are contributing toward the “make whole” provision, and using the same free-agency and arbitration rules that were in the last agreement.
The sides are close on the lengths of player contracts and the CBA.
Source: Eagles fire Reid
A source confirmed via text message to The Sports Xchange that Andy Reid was fired as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Reid has known since Friday that Sunday’s game was his last with the team he’s coached since 1999.
Reid reportedly met with owner Jeffrey Lurie on Friday and a formal announcement will be made Monday.
FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported in Sunday’s pregame show that Reid was to be fired after a meeting with ownership Monday.
Regardless of the timing, Reid is done with the Eagles, ending the longest-running current marriage between head coach and employer.
Lurie said in August that an 8-8 record wouldn’t be considered sufficient in 2012. That was the record posted by the Eagles in 2011, after big spending brought top free agents including cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive end Jason Babin and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. And the label from then-backup quarterback Vince Young of “Dream Team.”
The Super Bowl goals considered legitimate when Lurie discussed Reid’s tenure and tenuous future in preseason melted quickly. Michael Vick was injured multiple times in preseason and turned in a clunker of a season that was all but over by Halloween. Infighting, injuries to key personnel and ineffective play by the offensive line all contributed to the downfall of the Eagles and Reid.
Their season ended Sunday in a 42-7 loss to the Giants, the 12th defeat this season for the Eagles.
Jimenez out for several months after breaking leg skiing
MADRID — Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez will be out of action for at least three months after breaking his leg in a skiing accident on Saturday.
“I was skiing in Sierra Nevada, I lost control and fell,” Jimenez was quoted as saying in local media on Sunday.
“I felt a huge stab of pain and I knew straight away I had broken something,” he said, adding that he had been operated on at a clinic in his native Malaga.
“I broke the top of the tibia in my right leg, just where it meets the knee, and they put in two pins.
“It will take three, four or five months to recover and be able to return to competition. I was playing very well but … these things happen in life.”
Jimenez, who will be 49 on Saturday, was named European Tour golfer of the month in November after his victory at the Hong Kong Open made him the oldest winner in Tour history at 48 years and 318 days.
A lover of fine wines and cigars and known for his trademark ponytail, he said he had fashioned a love of skiing some years ago and was well aware of the risks.
Saints set record for yards allowed
The New Orleans Saints set an NFL record for most yards allowed in a single season Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
New Orleans’ last-ranked defense gave up 287 yards in the first half against Carolina, running its total to 6,799 yards. That surpassed the mark of 6,793 by the Baltimore Colts in 1981.
Steve Spagnuolo is in his first season as the Saints defensive coordinator. Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who also coaches the linebackers, was an assistant coach with the ’81 Colts.
Jets plan to fire OC Sparano
The New York Jets are planning to fire offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, according to an ESPN.com report on Sunday.
In addition, owner Woody Johnson is considering restructuring his front office. Sources told ESPN that coach Rex Ryan is likely to keep his job and is better off having general manager Mike Tannenbaum retained. However, CBS Sports reported that Tannenbaum will likely be fired.
The Jets offense is tied for 30th in the league in total yards heading into their season finale Sunday at the Buffalo Bills.
Also, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s contract is expiring and special teams coach Mike Westhoff is retiring, so there could be several coaching changes.
The Jets are 34-29 under Ryan, who was hired by Tannenbaum. However, the team has missed the playoffs in each of the last two years.
Perhaps the team’s biggest challenge is settling their quarterback situation. Starter Mark Sanchez has struggled, backup Tim Tebow barely played after being traded for, and third stringer Greg McElroy bypassed Tebow to start Sunday’s season finale. However, Sanchez regained the starting spot after McElroy was ruled out because of a concussion.
Report: Jaguars to fire GM Smith
The Jacksonville Jaguars will fire general manager Gene Smith, ESPN.com reported Sunday.
Sources told ESPN that Arizona Cardinals director of player personnel Jason Licht and San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble are the top candidates for the job.
The Jaguars reportedly want to keep coach Mike Mularkey, but the new general manager will be left to make that decision. Mularkey, 51, is in his first season as the Jaguars coach.
Jacksonville is a franchise-worst 2-13 heading into Sunday’s season finale at the Tennessee Titans.
Licht, who was a finalist for the Chicago Bears general manager job, has also worked for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
Gamble works with 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who is considered a top head coaching candidate. Gamble is considered a serious candidate for a GM job.
Bengals RB Green-Ellis injures hamstring
Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis injured a hamstring during pregame warm-ups on Sunday and is not expected to play against the Baltimore Ravens, the Bengals announced.
Green-Ellis was listed on the team’s injury report as probable after missing some practice time during the week because of an illness. But the hamstring injury was announced prior to kickoff.
Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman combined for six carries for 22 yards in the first 20 minutes of the game for Cincinnati with Baltimore up 7-0.