Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nhl Down to Final Week

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nhl Down to Final Week

Article excerpt

The NHL and its Players' Association have one week left to avoid a lockout.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and depute commissioner Bil Daly had two informal meetings with NHLPA head Don Fehr, his top assistant, Steve Fehr, and a contingent of three players at the league office Friday in New York.

The parties are expected to decide today when to meet again; actually doing it today apparently is a possibility.

Talks, which were the first face-to-face interactions since negotiations were recessed a week earlier, were intended to be informational, allowing each party to become more familiar with the other's most recent proposal. Bettman has said repeatedly that the players will be locked out if a new collective bargaining agreement is not in place when the current one expires Sept. 15.

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Against the backdrop of an NHL lockout, the Boston Bruins agreed to a new, four-year deal with forward Brad Marchand. Feisty Marchand, 24, a key cog in the run to the 2011 Stanley Cup, will make $4.5 million per season, starting in 2013-14. He is scheduled to make $3 million in the coming season, the last of his two-year contract.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

A starter on Duke's 2010 national championship team purchased nearly $100,000 in custom jewelry that season from a New York firm that caters to professional athletes and is now suing him for failing to pay the balance of what he owes. Lance Thomas purchased five pieces of diamond jewelry at a cost of $97,800 Dec. 21, 2009, in the middle of his senior season, according the lawsuit. Documents included with the suit indicate he made a $30,000 down payment and received $67,800 in credit from the firm, the balance that remains unpaid.

* Iowa State's Bubu Palo and another man were arrested after being accused of sexually abusing a woman he was driving home earlier this year. …

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