From wire reports
NHL negotiations ?delayed until today
•?The NHL’s collective-bargaining talks in New York City are on hold until today. Donald Fehr, the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association, had originally said he was “optimistic” the union would table a counterproposal Thursday. Fehr could extend a counteroffer on Friday at the NHL’s New York office.
The current agreement expires Sept. 15, when the league has said it will lock out the players if a new deal is not in place.
The two sides are at odds over hockey-related revenue. The league wants to knock down the players’ percentage to 46. The players’ share of HRR was 57 percent last season. Fehr said changes in how HRR is calculated would see the amount of money players give up to escrow increase “significantly.” Under the NHL’s proposal, the union said current contracts would not be paid in full.
•?The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Jordan Eberle to a six-year, $36 million contract extension. The move comes a little over a week after the Oilers signed forward Taylor Hall, Eberle’s roommate, to a seven-year, $42 million extension. The 22-year-old Eberle, a 2008 first-round draft pick, still has a year to go on his entry-level contract. He had 34 goals and 42 assists in 78 games last season.
Purdue dismisses star linebacker
•?Purdue linebacker Dwayne Beckford was kicked off the team following his latest scrape with the law. On Monday, coach Danny Hope said Beckford was suspended indefinitely. The Lafayette Journal and Courier reported that after Wednesday’s practice, Hope announced Beckford had been dismissed from the program. Beckford had 91 tackles last season and was Purdue’s second-leading tackler.
•?Missouri freshman quarterback Maty Mauk was arrested on suspicion of four charges including leaving the scene of an accident after a scooter mishap. Mauk is third on the depth chart after a record-setting high school career in Kenton, Ohio. Missouri spokesman Chad Moller said the school was aware of the situation and was dealing with it internally.
•?Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden, who helped oversee the school’s transition from the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference this summer, received a two-year contract extension. Alden, whose contract now runs through June 2019, is paid a base salary of $301,917 and may earn up to $777,976 through performance incentive income. The contract extension doesn’t increase his compensation.
Leader wins stage in Spanish Vuelta
•?Joaquin Rodriguez surged past Alberto Contador on the final climb to win the 12th stage of the Spanish Vuelta and extend his overall lead to 13 seconds. Rodriguez and Contador broke away from the peloton and rode wheel-to-wheel up the last stretch of a sharp ascent to finish the 118.4-mile leg. Rodriguez, who had a 1-second lead on Contador entering the stage, won his second stage in 4 hours, 24 minutes, 32 seconds. Contador crossed 8 seconds later.
•?New Orlando Magic coach Jacque Vaughn announced that the team hired James Borrego, Wes Unseld, Jr. and Brett Gunning to serve as Vaughn’s main assistants. Laron Profit and Luke Stuckey will lead player development, and Gordon Chiesa was hired as a special consultant to Vaughn.
•?The U.S. women’s soccer team is going to play two exhibitions against Germany in October as part of its post-Olympic “victory tour.” The first game will be Oct. 20 in Bridgeview, Ill., with the second game three days later in East Hartford, Conn. The U.S. is 17-4-4 against the two-time World Cup champions, winning their last three meetings.
•?Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake set Weltklasse meet records despite rain and cold wind at the Diamond League event in Zurich. Bolt playfully shivered for the television cameras at the start of the 200 meters then timed 19.66 seconds in the fastest half-lap race seen in Zurich. Earlier in the 100, Bolt’s Jamaican teammate Blake blazed to a dominating victory in 9.76. Bolt did not run in the 100. Tyson Gay of the United States was disqualified for a false start.
— From wire reports