Owners and players meet for 10 hours with mediator

NBA players and owners met for more than 10 hours with a federal mediator in New York, hoping to deliver the progress Commissioner David Stern says is needed to avoid canceling more games.

The talks started about 10 a.m. Stern sought immediate results in just one day of mediation, saying during interviews last week that proposals could get worse and more games could be lost without a deal Tuesday.

“If there’s a breakthrough, it’s going to come on Tuesday,” he told NBA TV. “And if not, I think that the season is really going to potentially escape from us because we aren’t making any progress.”

This was the longest negotiating session since owners locked out players when the old collective bargaining agreement expired at the end of the day June 30.


FIELD HOCKEY: Hannah O’Brien and Sall Klose scored to give Colby (4-8) a 2-0 win over St. Joseph’s (9-4) at Waterville.

Michelle Burt had three saves for the Mules. Meaghan Johnson had 18 for the Monks.


INDYCAR SERIES: IndyCar will get help with its investigation of the crash that killed two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon. IndyCar says Formula One’s governing body (FIA) and the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States, an umbrella organization of auto racing sanctioning bodies in the United States, will assist in a full investigation of the crash.

Wheldon was killed in a fiery 15-car crash during Sunday’s season-ending race at Las Vegas. He was 33.


UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Wayne Rooney made two penalty kicks to lead 10-man Manchester United to a 2-0 road victory over the Romanian club Otelul Galati.

Rooney opened the scoring in the 64th minute, but captain Nemanja Vidic was sent off two minutes later. Rooney’s other penalty kick came during injury time, giving United its first victory in Group C.


KREMLIN CUP: Svetlana Kuznetsova and Gilles Muller advanced to the second round in Moscow with straight-sets victories.

Kuznetsova beat qualifier Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3, while Muller had 19 aces on his way to a 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory over Konstantin Kravchukin.

SWEDISH OPEN: David Nalbandian dropped the first set before going on to beat Xavier Malisse 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3) in the first round in Stockholm.

LUXEMBOURG OPEN: Rebecca Marino rallied past second-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round in Luxembourg.


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