Sports shorts: NHL, players' association planning to meet today could resume talks today

2012-12-31T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: NHL, players' association planning to meet today could resume talks todayThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 31, 2012 12:00 am  • 

NEW YORK - The NHL and the players' association are ready to get back to the bargaining table.

There were no formal negotiations Sunday, but all signs pointed to talks today in an effort to end the lockout and save the season.

"There will be no further face-to-face meetings today," the union said in a statement Sunday. "The plan is for the sides to meet tomorrow."

Those would be the first negotiations since the sides met with a federal mediator Dec. 13.

The league and the union had informational discussions - by conference call and in meetings - with staff members that lasted much of Saturday and concluded Sunday. Those talks were spurred by the nearly 300-page contract proposal the NHL presented to the union Thursday.

All games through Jan. 14 have been canceled, claiming more than 50 percent of the original schedule. The NHL wants to reach a deal by Jan. 11 and open the season Jan. 19, with a 48-game schedule.

Mixed Martial Arts

Ex-Sun Devil regains UFC belt

LAS VEGAS - Cain Velasquez waited 13 miserable months for the chance to put the UFC heavyweight belt back around his waist.

When he finally got Junior Dos Santos back in the cage, Cain didn't waste another minute. Velasquez reclaimed the UFC heavyweight title late Saturday, thoroughly battering Dos Santos on the way to a lopsided unanimous decision in UFC 155.

Velasquez (11-1) took early control of the rematch of his only career loss, flooring the Brazilian champion with a big right hand midway through the first round. Velasquez spent most of the match stalking and pounding on Dos Santos (15-2), who never fully recovered from the first-round shot that left him swollen and woozy.

"I was so tired, but I had to endure," said Velasquez, who was raised in Yuma and wrestled at Arizona State.

Miscellaneous

Venus, Isner lead US to victory

PERTH, Australia - Venus Williams and John Isner led the United States to a 2-1 victory over South Africa at the Hopman Cup mixed-team competition Sunday.

Williams rallied to defeat 60th-ranked Chanelle Scheepers 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. After Kevin Anderson beat Isner 7-6 (0), 7-6 (5), the match came down to mixed doubles. Williams and Isner beat the South Africans 6-3, 6-2 to clinch victory.

• Serena Williams opened her season with a 6-2, 6-1 win over fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in the first round of the Brisbane International on Sunday in Australia.

• Spanish golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez broke his right shinbone and will be sidelined for up to five months. Jimenez said in a statement Sunday that he had surgery on his leg after injuring it while skiing Saturday.

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