NHL again meets with union, but ‘nothing more to report’
TORONTO – The NHL and the players’ association quietly have resumed collective bargaining talks and expect to be in contact again in the upcoming days.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly traveled Friday and met with union head Donald Fehr and special counsel Steve Fehr on the 20th day of the NHL lockout.
Daly told The Associated Press in an email: “We met with the Union (on Friday) in Toronto. We are supposed to touch base over the weekend. Nothing more to report right now.”
The sides hadn’t been expected to get together before next week, and the meeting didn’t become public until it was over. It took place one day after the NHL canceled the first two weeks of the regular season, wiping out 82 games from Oct. 11-24.
ESPN to stream KHL games online during NHL lockout
BRISTOL, Conn. – ESPN will stream Kontinental Hockey League games online as NHL stars play overseas during the lockout.
The network said Friday it planned to broadcast at least seven games on ESPN3 in October. NHL players in the Russian-based league include Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin.
Also, a game between Ovechkin’s Dynamo Moscow and Lev will air on ESPN2 on Tuesday afternoon.
Two on Denver hockey team suspended for four games
DENVER – Denver Pioneers hockey coach George Gwozdecky said forward Larkin Jacobson and goaltender Juho Olkinuora have been suspended four games for violating team rules.
The violations weren’t specified. The Denver Post reported the suspensions stem from separate incidents and will include an exhibition game today in Denver against the University of British Columbia.
The sophomores still will practice with the team.
Nationwide suffers same fate as Octane’s IndyCar race
NASCAR will not race in Montreal next season after the promoter pulled the plug on the six-year relationship.
The official announcement Friday by promoter Francois Dumontier ended a surprising turn of events for NASCAR, which wished to continue running the Nationwide Series at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Dumontier is head of Octane Management, which also promotes Formula One’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. The group also ran the IndyCar race at Edmonton but declined to continue that event next season. Octane filed for bankruptcy Sept. 24, and a creditor’s list shows debts more than $5 million.
Dumontier recently informed NASCAR he only was interested in hosting a Sprint Cup Series race, and if Nationwide was his only option, he wanted to run the event at 9 a.m. Sunday. The demands derailed an agreement that NASCAR thought it already had in place for a 2013 race.
NASCAR plans to fill the new void in its 33-race schedule.
Once-demoted super-combi could get a World Cup boost
ZURICH – The International Ski Federation plans to revitalize the Alpine super-combined event at classic venues after downgrading its World Cup status.
Starting this season, the governing body will not award a crystal globe trophy for the season-long titles in events Lindsey Vonn and Ivica Kostelic dominated in recent years.
The super-combined tests all-around skills in separate speed and slalom runs. Many race organizers said the event is difficult to market.
Alpine men’s race director Guenter Hujara has disclosed plans for a Friday event with a floodlit slalom next season at Kitzbuehel, Austria, and he said Beaver Creek also could stage future races to help revive the super-combined.