NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL and the players' association resumed negotiations this afternoon. It is the third straight day the sides are meeting in an effort to end the lockout.
This is the 54th day of the lockout, and this week is considered critical for the hockey season to be saved.
Owners and players already have bargained for about 13 hours over two days this week at an undisclosed site in New York. Little information about the talks has been disclosed by either side.
This marks the fourth time in six days that face-to-face negotiations have taken place after both sides rejected proposals Oct. 18.
The lockout began Sept. 16 after the collective bargaining agreement expired. It has forced the cancellation of 327 regular-season games, including the New Year's Day Winter Classic in Michigan.
Izturis leaving L.A. for Toronto
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Infielder Maicer Izturis (may-SEER' ihz-TOOR'-is) is the first major league free agent this offseason to join a new team, agreeing to a $10 million, three-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 32-year-old hit .256 with 17 steals in 19 tries, two homers and 20 RBIs this year for the Los Angeles Angels. After reaching the big leagues with the Montreal Expos in 2004, Izturis spent eight years with the Angels. He has a .273 career average with 81 steals.
Colts hoping to extend winning streak
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The surprising Colts are in Jacksonville to kick off Week 10 of the NFL season against the AFC South-rival Jaguars tonight.
Led by the quarterback they got with the No. 1 pick in the draft following last season's 2-14 finish, Indianapolis has won three straight to improve to 5-3. Andrew Luck threw for a rookie-record 433 yards in Sunday's victory over Miami.
The Jaguars may have a shot at this year's No. 1 pick. They've lost five in a row and are 1-7 on the season, tying Kansas City for worst record in the league.
Jacksonville's only win was posted at Indianapolis. The Jags beat the Colts 22-17 during the third week of the season.
Around three dozen Colts players, including Luck, have shaved their heads in honor of coach Chuck Pagano, who lost his hair while undergoing treatment for leukemia.
Tillman expects to play this weekend
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears star cornerback Charles Tillman says on Twitter that he will play Sunday against the Houston Texans, after all.
Tillman's status had been up in the air after he told Chicago radio station WSCR-AM that he might not be available because his wife, Jackie, is due to give birth.
In a message to ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike In The Morning" show, he wrote "god, family, football... Baby is coming Monday don't worry I'll be there Sunday."
This will be the couple's fourth child.
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High stakes for Seminoles
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — There's a lot on the line for both eighth-ranked Florida State and Virginia Tech tonight in Blacksburg, just at different ends of the spectrum.
A road win and the Seminoles can clinch the Atlantic Division berth in the ACC championship game with a victory over struggling Maryland next week. Florida State is 8-1 overall with a 5-1 mark in conference play.
The Hokies are experiencing their worst season in 20 years. At 4-5, Virginia Tech needs to win two of its last three games just to become bowl eligible.
Florida State has already extended the nation's longest active streak for becoming bowl eligible to 31 seasons.
Light night on the pro hardwood
UNDATED (AP) — Two NBA powerhouse teams hook up tonight in Chicago. The Bulls are off to a 3-1 start despite the absence of Derrick Rose. The star point guard is still recovering from that torn ACL that knocked him out of last season's playoffs and isn't expected back until after the All-Star break. The visiting Oklahoma City Thunder are 2-2 and struggling to find consistency on offense.
One night after handing the visiting San Antonio Spurs their first loss of the season, the 3-2 L.A. Clippers are on the road in Portland to face a 2-2 Trail Blazers club in the only other game on the NBA's Thursday night slate.
Federer will be part of final four in London
LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer advanced to the semifinals at the ATP finals with a match to spare.
The six-time champion from Switzerland is 2-0 in round-robin play at the season-ending tournament after beating David Ferrer (feh-REHR') 6-4, 7-6.
Federer improves to 14-0 versus the Spaniard.
A lot on the line in MLS conference semifinals
UNDATED (AP) — The New York Red Bulls and D.C. United are hoping for better weather in New Jersey this evening, so they can play the second leg of their MLS Eastern Conference semifinals matchup. The game was postponed last night after a nor'easter blanketed the area with snow.
The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in last Saturday's opener, which was switched from New Jersey to Washington to avoid Superstorm Sandy.
Tonight in the Western Conference, Real Salt Lake hosts Seattle. The two teams played to a scoreless draw on the Sounders' home pitch last Friday.
If tonight's games are tied at the end of regulation, they'll play a pair of 15-minute overtime periods. If the score is still level, they'll go to a penalty-kick shootout.
Wiggins hurting but otherwise OK
CHORLEY, England (AP) — Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins was released from the hospital with broken ribs a day after a collision with a car while cycling in Northern England. He also suffered cuts and bruises.
Wiggins gave Britain its first Tour de France title and won a gold medal in the London Olympics time trial. He is expected to be knighted by the end of the year.