NEW YORK (AP) — NHL labor talks are set to resume after more than two weeks off and a whole lot of canceled games.
For the first time since Oct. 18, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr (feer) agreed to return to the bargaining table at a secret location this afternoon. The two have been talking by phone during the week and found enough common ground to meet face-to-face.
This is the 49th day of the lockout.
Annual SEC clash set for tonight
UNDATED (AP) — It happens every season in the SEC, at least once, sometimes like last season, twice. The time has come for the annual Alabama-LSU football game.
This year's regular season version is taking place tonight in Baton Rouge, La. A year ago, playing in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Tigers beat the Crimson Tide 9-6 in overtime, only to lose to them in the BCS championship game in New Orleans, 21-0. The teams were so evenly matched that they were able to account for just one touchdown in those two games.
Entering tonight's game Alabama is No. 1 in the AP poll with LSU ranked fifth. Record-wise the Tide is 8-0 and 5-0 in the SEC. The Tigers are 7-1 and 3-1, their loss coming to Florida in Gainesville on Oct. 6 by the score of 14-6. But records don't normally mean much in this series as these teams are year in and out among the best in the SEC and college football.
Alabama features quarterback AJ McCarron, while LSU has another strong running attack, as led by freshman Jeremy Hill who has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last two games. Each school has a strong defense with Alabama having picked off 14 opposing passes and the Tigers 13.
LSU enters the game with the nation's longest home field winning streak, with 22 straight wins.
There's a good Pac-12 game tonight as well as No. 2 Oregon is playing at No. 18 Southern California. The Ducks are 8-0 and 5-0 in league play while the Trojans are a surprising 6-2 and 4-2. Surprising because they were the pre-season No. 1 team in the AP poll. Oregon enters the contest with a 12 game winning streak and three straight Pac-12 championships. The Ducks have won 12 straight road games as well. A year ago they met in Eugene, Ore., with USC winning 38-35.
The highest ranked team in action this afternoon is No. 4 Notre Dame as the Irish are entertaining Pittsburgh. In other afternoon play involving top-10 teams, sixth-ranked Ohio State is home to Illinois, seventh-ranked Georgia is home to Mississippi and No. 8 Florida is home to Missouri's Tigers.
Nets open season on home floor
UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets make their delayed home season debut tonight with a game against Toronto. The Nets were scheduled to open their new facility, the Barclays Center, on Thursday with a game against the Knicks. That game was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy.
The rest of the schedule is taking place this evening as well with Boston at Washington, Indiana at home to Sacramento, the Nuggets in Miami against the Heat, Chicago hosting New Orleans, Portland at Houston, the Cavaliers in Milwaukee to meet the Bucks, Dallas home to Charlotte, the Utah Jazz at San Antonio and the Clippers home to Golden State.
Haas looks to maintain lead
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The third round is just underway in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Jay Haas is hoping to maintain momentum from yesterday as he starts the day 14-under par after a 10-under-60 on Friday.
Tom Lehman (LAY'-muhn) fired a 63 and is alone in second place, five shots back with 36 holes to play.
Two-way tie for lead after three rounds at HSBC Champions
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST'-hy-zehn) share the lead after three rounds of the HSBC Champions event in China. Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, came into the weekend with a five-stroke lead over the field, but struggled with his putting and had a 70.
Westwood and Oosthuizen were at 18-under 198 with Phil Mickelson, after shooting a 66, three shots back.
South Korea's Lee takes lead at Mizuno Classic
SHIMA, Japan (AP) — South Korea's Lee Bo-mee shot an 8-under 64 today to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mizuno Classic. Lee had four birdies on the front nine and added four more after the turn to finish at 10-under 134.
Angela Stanford of the United States shot a 71 and is tied for third at 4-under.
Johnson the top qualifier in Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson has the pole for tomorrow's Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway. Greg Biffle will be on the outside of row one when the green flag drops.
Johnson is just two clear of Brad Keselowski in the championship standings. Keselowski qualified eighth.
Hamilton wins pole
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — McLaren's Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Abu Dhabi (AH'-boo DAH'-bee) Grand Prix, holding off the Red Bull duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton clocked 1 minute, 40.630 seconds on the 3.5-mile circuit, 0.348 seconds quicker than Webber.
In the overall standings, Vettel stands in first, 13 points in front of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who qualified seventh.
Breeders Cup resumes today
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — It is the second and final day of the 2012 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.
Today's schedule includes the $2 million Juvenile, a race that stamps the winner as a leading contender for next year's Triple Crown.
Final is set
PARIS (AP) — Jerzy Janowicz of Poland became the first qualifier in eight years to reach the Paris Masters final after beating Gilles Simon (zheel see-MOHN') of France 6-4, 7-5. He has now beaten five top-20 ranked players in the tournament and will meet fourth-seed David Ferrer (feh-REHR') in Sunday's finale. Ferrer beat Michael Llodra (loh-DRAH') of the host nation, 7-5, 6-3.
Thumbs down for Vonn
OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn's request to compete in a men's World Cup downhill race has been rejected. The International Ski Federation council has confirmed that "one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other," adding that "exceptions will not be made to the FIS Rules."
Vonn, a four-time overall World Cup champion, wanted to enter the men's downhill on Nov. 24 at Lake Louise, Alberta, six days before the women race on the same course.