After missing 42 games last season because of a shoulder injury and with NHL games canceled through Nov. 30, B.J. Crombeen decided it is time to play. So, the Lightning right wing signed a minor-league deal with ECHL Orlando and is expected to suit up tonight and Sunday for home games (ticket info: orlandosolarbearshockey.com). His contract allows him weekly to evaluate if he wants to continue.
"I just didn't want to sit too long," he said. A member of the union negotiating committee, Crombeen said it was "pretty stupid" for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to suggest a two-week break in negotiations. "It's very frustrating and aggravating to see how the NHL is going about this."
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union lawyer Steve Fehr spoke Friday and planned to talk over the weekend to determine the next step in negotiations.
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Holdsclaw held on $100,000 bond
A judge in Atlanta set bond at $100,000 for ex-WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw, who remained in jail on assault and weapons charges for a confrontation with a former girlfriend.
Holdsclaw, 35, also was ordered to wear a monitoring device and have no contact with Jennifer Lacy, 29.
Holdsclaw is accused of firing a shot Tuesday into a car belonging to Lacy, who plays for the WNBA's Tulsa Shock. Holdsclaw also used a bat to smash the car windows. No one was injured.
Lacy, the daughter of former major-league baseball player Lee Lacy, thanked her family, friends and fans for their concern in a statement.
Holdsclaw was ordered back to court Nov. 30.
The two dated for four years before Lacy ended the relationship last year, celebrity website TMZ.com reported.
Holdsclaw won three national titles at Tennessee and was the first overall pick in the 1999 WNBA draft. Her last season in the league was 2010.
She talks openly about struggling with depression, and she is a spokeswoman for Active Minds, which helps young people with mental health issues.
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TENNIS: Tomas Berdych beat Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 to give the host Czech Republic a 1-1 tie with defending champion Spain after the opening singles matches in the Davis Cup final. Earlier, David Ferrer beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. The doubles match is today.
ALPINE SKIING: Four-time overall World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn, hospitalized with an intestinal illness this week, posted on her Facebook page "Finally starting to get healthy again! Looks like I had some infection in my tummy."
SOCCER: David Beckham's representatives ruled out him moving to an Australian team after Football Federation Australia said it had been approached by an agent representing the midfielder. Beckham, 37, is in the MLS playoffs with Los Angeles. He signed a two-year deal in January.
BOBSLED: Steven Holcomb got his second straight World Cup two-man win, pairing with Curtis Tomasevicz to edge U.S. teammates Cory Butner and Charles Berkeley at Park City, Utah.
FIGURE SKATING: American Jeremy Abbott led after the men's short program at the Trophee Bompard in Paris. Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia, 14, led the women, with American Ashley Wagner second.
SKELETON: World champ Katie Uhlaender of the United States won the World Cup race at Park City, Utah.