Wednesday, April 23, 2014
NHL, union make progress, will meet again soon
A secret, long-awaited bargaining session has done some good in the NHL labor fight -- so much so that the sides already have plans to get back to the table soon.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr met for long stretches Saturday in an undisclosed location, marking the first time the sides had gotten together for talks in more than two weeks.
"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 told The Associated Press in an email Sunday. "We plan to meet again early in the week."
Daly and Fehr hadn't met since Oct. 18 when both sides rejected offers, but a series of phone conversations last week did enough to produce a new round of talks.
"I agree with what Bill said. Hopefully we can continue the dialogue, expand the group, and make steady progress," Fehr said.
WGC: Ian Poulter earned his first victory of the season, overcoming a four-stroke deficit with a 7-under 65 in the HSBC Champions at Shenzhen, China.
Poulter finished at 21-under 267 for his second victory a World Golf Championship event. Phil Mickelson (68), Jason Dufner (64), Scott Piercy (65) and Ernie Els (67) tied for second at 19 under.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Lehman birdied four of the last five holes for a 5-under 65 and a six-stroke victory in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Lehman also became the first player to win the Schwab Cup season points title two straight years. He finished at 22-under 258.
LPGA: Stacy Lewis rallied for her LPGA Tour-leading fourth title of the year, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke victory over South Korea's Lee Bo-mee in the Mizuno Classic at Shima, Japan.
FED CUP: The Czech Republic won its second straight Fed Cup when Lucie Safarova routed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-1 at Prague.
PARIS MASTERS: Fourth-seeded David Ferrer finally won a Masters final on his fourth attempt, beating Polish qualifier Jerry Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 for the biggest win of his career and ATP tour-leading seventh title of the year.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: Fourth-seeded Nadia Petrova stunned top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-1 at Sofia, Bulgaria, to clinch her third title of the year.
FORMULA ONE: Kimi Raikkonen won a crash-filled Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for his first victory since returning to Formula One this year.
Raikkonen, the 2007 champ, took the lead on the 20th lap when Lewis Hamilton retired because of a fuel pressure problem, then avoided the half-dozen crashes and collisions that twice brought out the safety car.
PREMIER LEAGUE: Often criticized for his theatrics, Luis Suarez stood out for the right reasons with a brilliant equalizer for Liverpool in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle.
Liverpool, however, missed a chance to climb into the top half of the standings for the first time this season, with the 18-time English champions again failing to win at home despite dominating for large periods.
MLS: Adam Moffat and Will Bruin scored to give the Houston Dynamo a 2-0 win over visiting Sporting Kansas City in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS: Portland Boxing Club open class middleweight Jason Quirk of Scarborough battled back after a rough first round to defeat Khiary Gray of Worcester, Mass., by unanimous decision in a quarterfinal bout of the USA Boxing New England Championships in Portland.
Quirk will fight Mike Rodriguez of Springfield, Mass., in the semifinals Saturday at the Portland Boxing Club. The finals will be held Nov. 24 at the Stevens Avenue Armory.
– From staff and news services