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Lucic, Thornton exit CBA meetings in New York City

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Lucic, Thornton exit CBA meetings in New York City

While the NHL and NHLPA continue to hammer things at the negotiating table in New York City, Bruins forwards Shawn Thornton and Milan Lucic have returned to Boston after taking part for two days.

Both rugged Bs players were on hand for the nearly 13 hours of discussions on Tuesday and Wednesday, but couldnt remain in the Big Apple as they things to attend to back at home. That was in no way a reflection on the direction of CBA talks, however. Instead David Backes, Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Ron Hainsey, Johan Hedberg, Manny Malhotra and Kevin Westgarth were the seven NHL players to attend the meetings.

The NHL was planning on unrolling their changes to the make whole provision on Thursday in perhaps the biggest pivot moment of the week for discussions, but neither was on hand to for the big moment in discussions. Thornton wouldnt characterize where he thought discussions were headed, but said that its just good that theyre talking.

The Thursday meetings in New York City began around 1 p.m. and were expected to include some NHL reaction to several offers made by the NHLPA during two separate Wednesday sessions.

According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, the players made an offer that would increase the revenue sharing collected into an Industry Growth Fund, retain player contract rights (free agency, term limits etc.) at their current levels and also include a guarantee of last seasons players share plus a small growth rate of 1.75 percent until that number reached 50 percent of HRR. This "make whole" provision would reduce the players share of HRR to 50.3 percent in Year 3 of the deal assuming only 6.1 percent HRR growth.

Essentially their offer would get to the 5050 HRR split in the 2014-15 season.

The NHLPA entered today waiting for Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and the NHL owners to unroll their adjustments to the make whole provision as well any supposed flexibility on player contract rights and revenue sharing. According to the same source the league hadn't given much feedback on any part of the players' proposal entering Thursday's meeting.

The reaction from both sides could be very telling once the meetings have concluded for the day: either they find common ground or both sides might take the weekend to rethink their compromises while aiming to start the season on Dec. 1.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

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Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.

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Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

Larkin provides fourth-quarter spark, Celtics beat Sixers, 102-92

PHILADELPHIA – Despite playing its second straight game without a key rotation player, the Boston Celtics did just enough to get their first win of the season, 102-92, over Philadelphia.

Boston (1-2) was led by Kyrie Irving’s game-high 21 points, but it was Shane Larkin's floor game down the stretch that truly catapulted Boston to its first win of the season.

Larkin, who was seeing action in large part because Marcus Smart was out with a left ankle injury, provided a huge spark in the fourth before finishing with 10 points and four assists.

He drained a 3-pointer that tied the game at 75-all, which was part of an 18-9 Celtics run.

The Sixers (0-2) were led by J.J. Redick and Jerryd Bayless who had 19 and 18 points, respectively. Joel Embiid got off to a slow start, but finished with a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Boston played with a lead for most of the first half, but Philadelphia took over with a 7-0 run to end the second quarter and had the Celtics playing catch-up for all of the third and some of the fourth quarter.

Boston was once again short-handed, with Marcus Smart out with a left ankle injury. He replaced Gordon Hayward, whose left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s loss to Cleveland on Tuesday, is expected to keep him sidelined for the rest of the season.

But with players out, that opens up opportunities for others to step up.

Larkin, who walked away from a contract overseas that would have paid about $5 million more than he’s making with the Celtics, was one of those players.

Aron Baynes, who got the start with Smart out, had 10 points and eight rebounds. Boston also got another strong game off the bench from Terry Rozier who had 14 points and seven rebounds

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