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NEW YORK — The NHL labor talks are set to resume today with six owners and players scheduled to meet without a couple of the key figures from each side. Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr will not be present.

The NHL announced Sunday that the Tampa Bay Lightning's Jeff Vinik would be one of the six owners attending.

Lightning star Marty St. Louis told the Tampa Bay Times that he would be in New York but was not sure if he would be in the room for the meetings. "I have no hope or expectations at this point," he said.

The union will announce its representatives today; the Canadian Press said Penguins star Sidney Crosby and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews are among those expected.


Freshman soccer player drowns

An 18-year-old freshman on Northern Michigan University's women's soccer team drowned after a team workout in the pool, school officials said. Arianna Alioto was found about 30 minutes after the workout ended and teammates left.


GOLF: D.H. Lee of South Korea won the final Q-School event in its current format, shooting 5-under 67 in La Quinta, Calif., to finish the six-day event at 407. Billy Horschel, a former All-American at Florida, also was one of 25 players and ties to earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. Heath Slocum and former UF star Camilo Villegas, both PGA Tour winners in recent years, missed out. Starting next year the Q-School will only award cards for the minor-league Tour.

SOCCER: Forward Alex Morgan was named the U.S. Soccer Federation's female athlete of the year. She won voting that was weighted equally between fans on Facebook, and representatives from U.S. Soccer and media. … UEFA banned Malta national team member Kevin Sammut for life after finding him guilty of helping fix a European Championship qualifying match in a betting scam in 2007.

TENNIS: Argentine veteran Juan Ignacio Chela, 33, announced his retirement on Twitter.

Times staff writer Damian Cristodero, Times wires

Sports in brief 12/03/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 12:23am]
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