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Players present league with counteroffer; more talks expected Tuesday


Players present league with counteroffer; more talks expected Tuesday

The NHLPA on Monday presented the NHL with what commissioner Gary Bettman called a "comprehensive" response to the league's proposal of late last week, and Bettman said the league would review the offer overnight.

The sides are expected to meet again Tuesday.

Neither Bettman nor NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr would characterize the offer, or speculate if the sides were closer. Bettman also confirmed that a settlement must be reached by Jan. 11 to salvage a 48-game season.

After the NHL sent Fehr a 300-page offer at the end of last week, the players responded by delivering their own counteroffer on Monday at the NHL offices in New York. NHL players Ron Hainsey, Rick DiPietro, Martin St. Louis, Jamal Mayers and Chris Campoli arrived with the NHLPA contingent shortly after 2 p.m., and they were soon joined by Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan.

It was the first time the two sides had met since talks blew up on Dec. 6 when the league rejected an NHLPA proposal via voicemail. Bettman followed with a more than 30-minute, fire-and-brimstone press conference that was full of emotion, anger and an unwillingness to budge from the leagues offer.

Three weeks later the league came back to the table with an offer that included movement in key areas like longer term for individual player contracts, amnesty buyouts for one contract per NHL team prior to the 2013-14 season, and no changes to Hockey Related Revenue splits or the 300 million make whole money that was previously agreed upon.

Many have speculated that the players will have issues with the 60 million salary cap ceiling planned for next years full 82-game season and a long-term CBA without a cap on escrow given some of the fallout possible from the current lockout. The question now is whether either of those smaller details to a long term CBA will be the hill to die on for the players in a protracted NHL lockout thats drawn severe amounts of blood on both sides.

ALCS: Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead


ALCS: Tanaka, Yankees top Keuchel, Astros 5-0 for 3-2 lead

NEW YORK - Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans.


Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

Gordon Hayward will have surgery on ankle Wednesday night

BOSTON – Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.

Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.


It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.

Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.

With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.

Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.