Federal mediators enter stalemated labor talks
WASHINGTON – Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, which have led to the first 2½ months of the regular season being canceled.
George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said Monday he had assigned three mediators to assist in negotiations to end the lockout.
Cohen said the parties have agreed to use the assistance of the FMCS and that deputy director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, director of mediation services John Sweeney and Commissioner Guy Serota will join the talks.
The sides have not negotiated since last Wednesday.
The NHL has canceled more than 34 percent of its regular season, including all games through Dec. 14, the New Year’s Day outdoor Winter Classic and the All-Star weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 at Columbus, Ohio.
Sunday night flex schedule matchups set by league
NEW YORK – The Detroit Lions’ game at the Green Bay Packers will remain on Sunday night Dec. 9, as will the 49ers-Patriots showdown the next week.
The NFL announced its flexible scheduling decisions Monday.
Starting in Week 11, the league can move a more appealing matchup into prime time on NBC if need be. It has yet to do so this season.
The game between San Francisco and New England on Dec. 16 is so attractive the NFL announced a week early that it would be staying put.
The 49ers are 8-2-1, while the Patriots are 8-3.
While the Lions are just 4-7, the Packers are always a big TV draw and are in the thick of playoff contention.
Lindley to start until Kolb ready to play again
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals are sticking with Ryan Lindley at quarterback, at least until Kevin Kolb is healthy enough to play.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt says that while Lindley had three bad throws that resulted in interceptions, two of them returned for touchdowns, in his first NFL start on Sunday, the rookie did have other times when he was effective in Sunday’s loss to the St. Louis Rams.
He’ll start this week ahead of the ineffective John Skelton.
For the first time since he was hurt five games ago, Kolb was able to practice on a limited basis last week.
Nominees announced for top assistant coach
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The finalists for the Broyles Award, announced Monday, include a defensive coordinator from Notre Dame, which is headed toward the BCS championship game.
The award honors the top assistant coach in the nation.
Three finalists are defensive coordinators, including Florida’s Dan Quinn, Notre Dame’s Bob Diaco and Stanford’s Derek Mason.
The other nominees are offensive coordinators Kliff Kingsbury of Texas A&M and Mike Bobo of Georgia.
Little Rock’s Rotary Club will present the award, named for former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, on Dec. 4.
The 2011 Broyles Award winner was LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis.
Calgary mayor to honor bet despite Toronto mayor’s ouster
CALGARY, Alberta – Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he’ll honor a Grey Cup wager even though his Toronto counterpart has been ordered out of office.
A judge ruled Monday that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford violated the city’s conflict of interest rules, casting him out of office.
Toronto beat Calgary 35-22 in Sunday’s Grey Cup game.
But the Calgary mayor said “a bet is a bet is a bet,” so he plans to wear an Argos jersey at a city council meeting today.
He will also donate $650 to the Toronto Food Bank.