Players’ union ready to resume talks; no commitment yet from league

Donald Fehr and the players’ association are ready to get back to the bargaining table at any moment. They are now just waiting for the NHL to feel the same way.

“(We aren’t talking) because the owners have not indicated a desire to resume,” the NHLPA’s executive director said Wednesday night before a charity hockey game. “We’ve indicated any number of times that we’re willing to resume when they are (and) we’re willing to resume without preconditions. So we’re waiting to hear back from them.”

The sides haven’t negotiated since Dec. 6.


PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Rory McIlroy was the near unanimous choice as the best male player by the Golf Writers Association of America, receiving 190 out of the 194 votes cast. Stacy Lewis was voted best female player and double major winner Roger Chapman won the senior award.


CHAMP SIDELINED: Serena Williams has had surgery on her big toes and withdrew from an exhibition match in Bangkok against top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in Thailand this month. Williams was replaced by Li Na for the Dec. 29 exhibition in Hua Hin.


LEAGUE CUP: Chelsea will play Premier League rival Swansea in the two-legged semifinals of the League Cup after beating Leeds in London 5-1.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER: Julian Posada, the president of the Chicago Fire soccer club, is stepping down but will continue working for the team as a consultant in 2013.


2020 GAMES: Leaders of seven sports bodies have made their pitch to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games.

The newly merged baseball and softball confederation is competing with karate, roller sports, squash, sport climbing, wakeboard and wushu for one place on the 2020 slate. A final vote of IOC members will confirm the successful candidate at their annual gathering in September, in Buenos Aires.


WORLD CUP: Viktoria Rebensburg won the women’s giant slalom World Cup in Re, Sweden, breaking Slovenian Tina Maze’s winning streak.

Fanny Smith of Switzerland extended her perfect start to the season with a third straight win in World Cup ski cross in Val Thorens, France, and countryman Armin Niederer won the men’s event.


GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Rebecca Siegel scored 18 points and Maggie Duchene had 17 as Berwick Academy (6-2) cruised to a 44-15 halftime lead over Bancroft (2-5) at Worcester, Mass., winning 58-33.

Torie St. Pierre added 16 points. Shanice Shaw paced Bancroft with 11 points.

– From staff and news services