NHL talks produce nothing

By wire services
Published April 5, 2005

The NHL and its players' union met for seven hours Monday in Toronto, but no proposals were exchanged. The sides are expected to meet again this week in an attempt to end the lockout that began in September and wiped out the 2004-05 season.

It was the first time the sides met since the NHL made two proposals on March17. One proposal included a salary cap of $37.5-million. The other tied player salaries to revenues with the players receiving no more than 54 percent of the revenues.

"The players' association began (Monday's) meeting by rejecting the two proposals made by the NHL on March17," said Bill Daly, NHL executive vice president and chief legal officer. "Thereafter, we discussed the status of our current situation and, in general terms, possible concepts for moving the process forward."

Meantime, the NHL filed two complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the union of threatening to decertify agents that represent replacement players.

--TOM JONES, Times staff writer


Second is good enough

USA swimming announced all second-place finishers at the U.S. world championships have been added to the team that will compete in Montreal in July. Among those added is world-record holder Ian Crocker who finished behind Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly. ... Phelps won the 100-meter freestyle in 49 seconds flat Monday night. It was the fastest he has ever swum that event. He also won the 200 individual medley for his fifth victory in the trials. Phelps then withdrew from the 200 backstroke he was scheduled to race Tuesday.


Mancuso wins twice

Julia Mancuso had the fastest second run in soft snow Monday to win her second U.S. title at the U.S. Alpine Championships, taking the giant slalom after an overnight storm dropped more than 3 feet of snow on Mammoth Mountain . Mancuso won the combined gold medal Sunday.


Fans riot at airport

Police used tear gas and pepper spray early Monday to disperse about 500 rioting fans who had been barred from greeting their team at the airport. Authorities reported no injuries or arrests. Fighting began outside Macedonia International Airport in Thessaloniki, Greece, after Iraklis Thessaloniki won the Greek Cup final Sunday.


SAINT LEO: In the Sunshine State Conference, baseball pitcher Ronnie Lowe, a junior from New Port Richey was named pitcher-of-the-week and softball catcher Erin Brunt, a sophomore from Clearwater, was named player-of-the-week.

FLORIDA A&M: Michael Tavernier, a freshman from Clearwater, was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference pitcher-of-the-week.

FLORIDA SOUTHERN 5, TAMPA 4: No.#7 Tampa dropped it's third consecutive game to No.4 Florida Southern Monday evening .

TOP SWIMMER: Auburn's Kirsty Coventry, who won three medals in Athens, was voted the nation's top female swimmer in balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools. She was the top point scorer at the women's championship, winning three events and swimming on four top-eight relay teams. Coventry becomes a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, given to the female athlete of the year.


Skipper Pete Fenson led the United States to a 9-5 win over Switzerland and a 7-6 win against Denmark Sunday at the world championships. The Americans will continue in the 12-team tournament Monday against Canada and Finland.