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Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 17, 2005 at 11:30 p.m.

NHL and NHLPA to meet, hope to save season

  • NEW YORK - For the first time in more than a month, a group of officials from the NHL and the players' association will meet Wednesday in what could be a last-ditch effort to save the hockey season.
    ''We think it is appropriate and hopefully useful to engage in these discussions at this time,'' Ted Saskin, the union's senior director, said Monday. ''We are not meeting to present a new proposal and remain committed to reaching a fair deal that does not include a salary cap.''
    Monday marked the 124th day of the lockout. So far, the NHL has resisted announcing a drop-dead date in which a collective bargaining agreement must be made to save this season. But with 650 regular-season games plus this year's All-Star game, already canceled, it appears that time is short to make a deal.
    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and players' association Bob Goodenow, who have butted heads throughout the process, are expected to sit out this session.

    Wie to play in LPGA under revised criteria

  • HAVRE de GRACE, Md. - Michelle Wie accepted an invitation Monday to play in the LPGA Championship, making it likely the 15-year-old golfer will compete in all four of the women's majors this year.
    Wie and other top amateurs like Paula Creamer and Jane Park have not played the McDonald's LPGA Championship because it was for professionals. But the tournament expanded its field from 144 to 150 players, offering one of those additional spots to a ''leading amateur.''

    Gators freshman falls at SEC Indoor final

  • NEW ORLEANS - Florida men's tennis freshman Greg Ouellette fell 6-2, 6-2, to LSU's 12th-ranked and third seeded Ken Skupski Monday morning in the 2005 SEC Men's Indoor Tennis Championship.
    Ouellette had won five matches in three days to reach the final. Ouellette began the tournament with a win over Auburn's Nick Lane on Friday (7-5, 3-6, 6-2). The next day, Ouellette moved on with a pair of wins. He started off by defeating Kentucky's Matt Emery 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, before downing LSU's Peter Richman in the round of 16, 6-3, 6-4.
    On Sunday, Ouellette reached the final with wins over Tennessee's Mark Dietrich, 6-2, 7-6 (5), and Kentucky's Alex Hume (6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5)).
    Florida will begin its 2005 dual match season at 1 p.m. on Sunday as the Gators take on UCF in Gainesville. UF begins its fourth season under head coach Andy Jackson looking for its 17th-straight opening match victory.

    White Sox, Bulls owner undergoes angioplasty

  • CHICAGO - Chicago White Sox and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf underwent artery-clearing angioplasty Monday after routine tests found minor blockage, the White Sox said.
    Reinsdorf, 68, was expected to remain at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for a few days before being released, White Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said.
    ''He's resting comfortably and has talked to his secretary,'' Reifert said, adding that the procedure went well.
    Angioplasty uses a catheter and balloon to clear blocked coronary arteries.
    Reifert said doctors performed the procedure on Reinsdorf hours after he had a regular checkup.
    ''He is pretty religious about his checkups,'' Reifert said. ''He had a checkup (Monday) morning and they did it right there.''
    He plans to return to his home in Phoenix, Reifert said. The White Sox start spring training Feb. 16 in Tucson, Ariz.
    Reinsdorf became owner of the White Sox in 1981. He has been chairman of the Bulls since 1985.
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