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NHL confirms 'substantive' call with players

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NHL confirms 'substantive' call with players

It may be just a sliver of sunshine behind an impending cloud of doom, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Wednesday night that he had a “substantive” conversation with NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr that could bring the league’s owners and players back to the bargaining table.

In an email to Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Daly wrote, “Steve and I had a substantive call [Tuesday]. Don’t yet know what, if anything, will come of it.”

At a time when rhetoric surrounding negotiations has been nothing but negative, Daly’s use of the word “substantive” could be a breakthrough in talks between the owners and players as they try to bridge the gap preventing them negotiating a new CBA.
Clearly, the clock is ticking.

With all October games in the rear view mirror and all November games already canceled, the NHL has painted a bull’s eye on the Jan. 1 Winter Classic scheduled for Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, with a kill date of Friday.

The NHL has already paid a non-refundable fee of $100,000 to the University of Michigan and another $250,000 installment is due on Friday.
Given the fact construction on an outdoor rink is not scheduled until Dec. 1, the NHL still would have time to salvage the Winter Classic if Tuesday’s “substantive” talks lead to substantial movement from the owners and/or players.

The NHL and its players have not had formal discussions since Oct. 18 when the league rejected the players’ three counter proposals to an Oct. 16 offer to equally divide the league’s estimated $3.3 billion in annual revenue.

5.19.18: Rick Horrow The Sports Professor talks with IndyCar icon Lynn St. James

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5.19.18: Rick Horrow The Sports Professor talks with IndyCar icon Lynn St. James

Rick Horrow The Sports Professor sits down for an exclusive interview with Lynn St James and more from the $1 trillion dollar business of sports in this week's 'Beyond The Scoreboard with Rick Horrow'

By Rick Horrow

Podcast Producer: Tanner Simkins

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Diallo of Kentucky, local star from UMBC

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Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Diallo of Kentucky, local star from UMBC

The Washington Wizards will hold their first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena and the group of six players features some familiar names. 

Included in the mix is guard Jairus Lyles, who starred for the Unversity of Maryland-Baltimore County and helped lead them as a 16-seed over top-ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first 16-over-a-1 upset in the tournament's history.

Here are the six players with some notes on each one...

Chris Chiozza, guard, Florida (6-0, 175)

Chiozza played four years at Florida and finished as the school's all-time assists leader. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior.

Hamidou Diallo, guard, Kentucky (6-5, 198)

Diallo redshirted in 2016-17 and played one season for the Wildcats. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. Diallo measured 6-foot-6 with shoes at the combine and boasts a 7-foot wingspan.

Tiwian Kendley, guard, Morgan State (6-5, 190)

Kendly was a big-time scorer at Morgan St., averaging 21.0 points as a redshirt junior and 26.1 points as a senior. He took a lot of shots, however, averaging 18.2 field goal attempts on 45.3 percent from the field this past season. Kendley starred at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland before joining the college ranks, first at Lamar Community College.

Jairus Lyles, guard, UMBC (6-2, 175)

Lyles was the leading scorer for the Retrievers this past season as they became the biggest underdog Cinderella in NCAA history. He averaged 20.2 points and shot 39.0 percent from three on 6.1 attempts. Lyles began his college career at VCU and played high school ball at nearby DeMatha.

Doral Moore, center, Wake Forest (7-1, 280)

A three-year player at Wake Forest, Moore had a breakout season as a junior with averages of 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Moore played with Sixers star Ben Simmons in high school.

Ray Spalding, forward, Louisville (6-10, 215)

Spalding played three years at Louisville and averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as a junior. He posted a 7-5 wingspan at the NBA Combine. Spalding played with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in college. 

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