NEW YORK—Talk about a backdoor cut.
The announcement yesterday that negotiations to end the NBA lockout would resume were followed by reports some players are investigating the possibility of decertifying the union.
The NBA players union said it would begin negotiating with the owners again tomorrow, maintaining that the players are unified as they seek to end the lockout.
OWEN SOUND, Ont.—Someone has stolen a Stanley Cup ring that used to belong to former Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard.
Harold Ballard Jr., son of the late Leafs’ owner, reported some jewellery was stolen from his home in the Georgian Bay community of Tiny Township.
“It was hidden away—I had it hidden—but obviously not well enough,” Ballard told CTV yesterday.
GREEN BAY, Wis.—From not getting a big-time college scholarship out of high school to his agonizing wait on draft day, Aaron Rodgers always has drawn motivation from those who overlooked or discounted him.
That no-respect mantra might be a stretch now for the Super Bowl MVP—a leader of the NFL’s only undefeated team and on track to break some single-season records for quarterbacks.
MONTREAL—The Montreal Alouettes find themselves in the unusual position of hoping that their last regular-season game will give them an opportunity to move up in the standings.
Joffrey Lupul knew New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur was returning from an injury, so the Maple Leafs right-winger decided to test the 10-time all-star as often as possible.
“We talked about it before the game,” Lupul noted. “We knew that he was coming off missing three weeks and that he might be off a little bit.
“We knew we should take our chances.”
MOSCOW — A Russian jet crash that killed 44 people, including an entire professional ice hockey team, was caused by pilot error, investigators said Wednesday, putting the blame on poor training and safety standards.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Up and down the sideline, the Kansas City Chiefs were telling each other the game wasn’t over.
Didn’t matter that Philip Rivers was under centre with less than a minute left, and that Nick Novak was poised to kick the winning field goal for San Diego.
There were some nervous moments for Winnipeg as they waited for a goal review with less than a minute to play.
Evander Kane scored a controversial late goal that tied the game, then Andrew Ladd and Kyle Wellwood each scored goals in the shootout, as the Jets edged the Florida Panthers 4-3.
It was Kane’s second goal that tied it 3-3 at 19:10 that caused the disputed goal.
REGINA—The man who helped the Saskatchewan Roughriders get to the Grey Cup in 2007, 2009 ,and 2010—and is affectionately nicknamed “Grandpa”—is leaving the CFL team.
Ken Miller, 70, announced yesterday he will step down as the Riders’ head coach and vice-president of football operations at season’s end.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Christian Ponder took only two starts to get his first career win, out-duelling the more-heralded Cam Newton in the process.
The rookie showed tremendous poise in the pocket, particularly on third downs, and got a huge assist from Adrian Peterson yesterday as the Minnesota Vikings held on to beat the Carolina Panthers 24-21.