NHL makes last-ditch offer to locked-out players
NEW YORK – The NHL made a new offer to the players’ association, hoping to spark talks toward ending the long lockout and saving the hockey season.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday the league presented its proposal Thursday and was waiting for a response. The sides haven’t met in person since a second round of talks with a federal mediator broke down Dec. 13.
The lockout has reached its 104th day, and the NHL said it doesn’t want a season of less than 48 games. That means a deal would need to be reached mid-January.
A person familiar with key points of the offer told The Associated Press that the league proposed raising the limit of individual free-agent contracts to six years from five – seven years if a team re-signs its own player; raising the salary variance from one year to another to 10 percent, up from 5 percent; and one compliance buyout for the 2013-14 season that wouldn’t count toward a team’s salary cap but would be included in the overall players’ share of income.
A conference call with the players’ association’s negotiating committee and its executive board was scheduled for Friday afternoon.
USA loses to Russia 2-1 at world junior championships
UFA, Russia – Andrei Makarov made 41 saves to help Russia beat the United States 2-1 on Friday at the world junior ice hockey championships.
Jacob Trouba scored a tying power-play goal on a shot from the blue line midway through the second period, but Vladimir Tkachyov scored from close up four minutes into the third.
Russia withstood a late two-man advantage for the Americans to hold on for the win. Albert Yarullin gave Russia an early lead with a slap shot from the left circle 2:42 into the first period.
U.S. goalie John Gibson had 28 saves.
Texas players sent home amid sex assault investigation
Texas sent home backup quarterback Case McCoy and injured linebacker Jordan Hicks on the eve of the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio for violating team rules, a person with knowledge of the suspensions told The Associated Press.
Coach Mack Brown addressed the situation during a previously scheduled news conference Friday and referred to a report that police were investigating two unidentified Texas players in an alleged sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel.
Sgt. Javier Salazar, a San Antonio police spokesman, said only that detectives are in the early stages of investigating a case of alleged sexual assault in the downtown area.
A police report said a 21-year-old woman told police she believed she was assaulted around 2 a.m. Friday after inviting two men to her hotel room. The report shows only that the men are students and that one is 21 and the other is 20.
Police said they observed bruises on the woman’s right knee and left bicep.
After talking to police, the woman was taken to a San Antonio hospital, where she was seen by a sexual assault nurse examiner, according to the report. The two suspects also were taken to the hospital and examined by the nurse, the report says.
Texas (8-4) plays Oregon State (9-3) today at the Alamodome.
World Cup Ski Racing
Fenninger navigates the giant slalom Maze
SEMMERING, Austria – Anna Fenninger of Austria had two near-perfect runs to win a World Cup giant slalom Friday, while second-place Tina Maze of Slovenia extended her lead in the overall standings.
Fenninger posted the fastest time in both runs on the Panorama course and finished in a combined time of 2 minutes, 13.09 seconds to beat Maze by 1.10 in difficult conditions because of snowfall. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin finished eighth.
Tessa Worley of France, who was second after the opening run, was third.