NEW YORK (AP) Negotiations between the NHL and the locked-out players' association lasted deep into Tuesday night, and went well enough that the sides agreed to return to the bargaining table for more talks Wednesday.
Both sides kept details close to the vest after the meeting that lasted more than seven hours. That also could be taken as an optimistic sign that the second round of talks in four days went well.
The marathon session - on Day 52 of the lockout - was held at an undisclosed location in New York, at request of the NHL, in order for the sides to be able to talk without distractions.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - No. 1 Indiana will open its season Friday night without two key freshmen players.
The NCAA suspended 6-foot-8 forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and 7-foot center Peter Jurkin for the first nine games this season and will require them to repay a portion of the impermissible benefits they received to a charity of their choice.
Enforcement officials at the governing body officials found the players' AAU coach Mark Adams provided them with $9,702 and $6,003 in plane tickets, meals, housing, a laptop computer, a cellphone and clothing. Mosquera-Perea must pay back approximately $1,590. Jurkin must repay $250 to be reinstated.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - The season-opening basketball game between No. 9 Syracuse and No. 20 San Diego State on the flight deck of the decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Midway has been moved from Friday night to Sunday afternoon due to a strong chance of rain and wind.
The new tipoff time is 1 p.m. Sunday.
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington forward Shawn Kemp Jr. is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after tearing the patella tendon in his right knee.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Superdome in New Orleans will be the site of the new marquee bowl matching the Southeastern Conference and Big 12, and the game will still be called the Sugar Bowl.
The agreement between the leagues and the bowl is for 12 years, and ESPN will hold the TV rights.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Bill Snyder said that he's hopeful injured quarterback Collin Klein will be available to start No. 3 Kansas State's game at TCU this weekend.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Having served his eight-game suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints, general manager Mickey Loomis returned to work at team headquarters in time to deal with a variety of unsettled personnel issues and off-the-field distractions.
His immediate tasks include clearing up the status of Sean Payton's five-year contract extension, which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has so far refused to approve since the coach signed it in 2011.
Loomis also will have to oversee contingency plans in the event defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have to serve their own bounty suspensions, which so far have been delayed.
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without leading receiver Antonio Brown next Monday night when they host the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brown sprained his right ankle in last Sunday's 24-20 victory over the New York Giants. Coach Mike Tomlin called Brown's status ``very much in doubt.'' Brown leads the Steelers with 42 receptions and is second on the team with 499 receiving yards.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) - Mike Shanahan's players are supporting their coach after he seemingly wrote off the Washington Redskins' season and then said his comments had been misinterpreted.
Washington co-captain London Fletcher said that Shanahan is ``a proven winner, a two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach. He's not a person who gives up on a season.''
NEW YORK (AP) - New Orleans Hornets coach Monty Williams was fined $25,000 by the NBA for public comments criticizing the league's concussion policy.
DALLAS (AP) - Mavericks forward Shawn Marion will miss at least three games with a sprained left knee ligament.
LONDON (AP) - Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh season-ending tour title again looking like the man to beat.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion won his record 40th match at the ATP Tour Finals, defeating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1 in his opening Group B match.
GENEVA (AP) - Manchester City dodged elimination from the Champions League on Tuesday, overcoming an early two-goal deficit for a 2-2 tie at home against Ajax.
The most compelling group delivered more drama as Real Madrid also rallied for a 2-2 tie at home to leader Borussia Dortmund on Mesut Oezil's 89th-minute goal.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) - South African cyclist David George, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, admitted using the blood-boosting drug EPO after failing a doping test.
George failed an out-of-competition test on Aug. 29, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport said Tuesday. He was provisionally suspended by Cycling South Africa and faces a two-year ban.