Daly hopes talks resume
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly hopes negotiations with the players’ association will resume this week as the sides seek to end the nine-day lockout. Daly spoke to reporters after meeting with union officials on Monday about last year’s hockey-related revenue. There were no negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. Daly said a new proposal from the players’ union would spark talks. The most recent offer was made by the league on Sept. 12, the last time formal negotiations took place. Commissioner Gary Bettman and union head Donald Fehr sat out Monday’s meeting. The sides have not negotiated since the NHL locked out the players on Sept. 16, but Daly said he and Bettman expected to touch base with Fehr during an alumni dinner on Monday night. Daly said the league was “100 percent committed” to not missing regular-season games. This is the NHL’s fourth work stoppage in 20 years.
Theft unacceptable: Brazil
Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said the theft of computer files from London Olympic organizers was “lamentable” and “unacceptable.” Rebelo said the Rio 2016 committee acted “correctly to investigate the incident” and fire its 10 employees who downloaded the internal documents without authorization during the London Games. Rebelo, the top government official in charge of overseeing Brazil’s World Cup and Olympic preparations, said in a statement late on Monday that the employees’ behavior does not represent the relationship of “trust and harmony” between both countries hosting the Summer Games. It was the first time the Brazilian government officially commented on the embarrassing episode.
Canada advance to Classic
Chris Robinson, Adam Loewen and Jimmy Van Ostrand smacked home runs to lead Canada over Germany 11-1 on Monday to win a four-nation qualifying tournament for next year’s World Baseball Classic. Canadian pitcher Andrew Albers allowed the hosts only one hit in six innings for the victory in advancing to the 16-team field for March’s global showdown of top talent, including North American Major League Baseball players. Also advancing from a qualifying tournament was Spain, who edged Israel 9-7 in 10 innings to advance in Jupiter, Florida. South Africa and France were eliminated there, while Britain and the Czech Republic were ousted in Germany. Taiwan and Panama are set to host qualifying events in November to decide the final two teams in the tournament. New Zealand, Thailand and Philippines will challenge Taiwan in Asia, while Panama will host Nicaragua, Colombia and Brazil.
Pregnant Jennings won gold
Kerri Walsh Jennings revealed on Monday that she was pregnant last month when she and fellow American Misty May-Treanor teamed up to win a women’s beach volleyball gold medal at the London Olympics. On the Today show broadcast by US Olympic telecaster NBC, Walsh said she was 11 weeks pregnant with her third child, meaning she was more than a month pregnant when she and May-Treanor won their third Olympic title in a row. “When I was throwing my body around fearlessly, and going for gold for our country, I was pregnant,” Walsh Jennings said. Walsh Jennings, 34, said she and husband Casey Jennings, also a pro beach volleyball player, conceived their first son, Joey, before leaving China after she won the 2008 Olympic crown.