NHL labor talks to resume sans execs

By wire services
Published May 25, 2005

NEW YORK - Hoping to build off momentum from last week, the NHL and the players' association will resume labor talks today and Thursday in Chicago, back in a smaller-group format and without their respective leaders.

The sides are returning to the table just five days after concluding four straight days of meetings that featured 22 hours of full negotiations between Thursday and Friday.

While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Bob Goodenow testified last week on Capitol Hill before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee pursuing legislation on drug testing in sports, smaller groups of negotiators got together for discussions last week in New York.

Most of the time was spent reviewing the finances of the 30 NHL teams, how each club reports its figures, and what qualifies as revenue - which has long been a source of contention.

Those talks led to full bargaining sessions with Bettman and Goodenow at the end of the week that spawned this next round of discussions that will take place without them.

SOCCER: Referees face bans

Two more referees face lifetime bans for their parts in Germany's match-fixing scandal.

The German soccer federation charged Juergen Jansen and Wieland Ziller with two counts of plotting to manipulate games. The federation said both referees received money for plotting to fix games for the benefit of a Croatian gambling ring.

MIDFIELDER TO RETURN: U.S. midfielder Eddie Lewis will be available for next month's World Cup qualifiers after missing almost a month following surgery for appendicitis.


BOXING: The Tampa Bay area will be host to ESPN2's Tuesday Night Fights on consecutive weeks, as One Punch Productions announced it has secured a June 14 date for a card at the St. Petersburg Coliseum.

Nate Campbell, No. 9 in the 130-pound (super welterweight) division, will headline the card against Shamir Reyes (17-3), and St. Petersburg's David Santos and Tampa's Carlos Diaz also are expected to fight on the card.

Campbell (26-3, 22 knockouts) just fought April 29, his first fight since being signed by One Punch Productions' Terry Trekas.

The following week at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, the IBF No. 10-rated lightweight Edner Cherry (18-3-2) takes on No. 15 Damien Fuller in the main event on the Starfight Productions card.

OLYMPICS: IOC president Jacques Rogge welcomed the resignation of the committee's jailed vice president and suggested a suspended Bulgarian member should do the same thing.

Rogge made his first public comments on the resignation of Kim Un-yong, who is serving a two-year prison term in South Korea on corruption charges.

Still facing possible expulsion in Singapore is Bulgarian member Ivan Slavkov , who was implicated last year on alleged city corruption. ... The Turin luge track will be modified for safety reasons and qualifying rules will be tightened if necessary, said organizers. Luge test events on the Cesana-Pariol track were called off after crashes in February, when a Brazilian sustained a serious head injury, and a Romanian broke an arm.

TRACK: Marion Jones will compete in the 100 meters Sunday at the FBK Games in Hengelo, Netherlands, in her first appearance in Europe this season.

"No punishment can or should be given (to Jones) before the rules in question have actually been shown to have been broken, said meet director Fedde Zwanenburg, adding that a financial agreement with the sprinter had been reached.

Terms weren't released.

Jones has been shunned by many European meet organizers since being linked to the BALCO steroid scandal.