From wire reports

basketball

Negotiations break down for big series

•?Negotiations to keep the Kentucky-Indiana series going have broken down for the second time. Indiana officials announced May 3 that they could not reach a deal to extend the contract, which expired after last season. According to a letter between the school’s two athletic directors obtained Wednesday, negotiations resumed on May 10 and didn’t end until Kentucky’s DeWayne Peevy contacted Indiana officials May 24 to reject the offer. Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass wrote that Indiana wanted to play games in 2012 and 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and the next two games on campus. Indiana also offered to share a $100,000 buyout to move a conflicting game. The letter says Kentucky declined.

football

NFL, players union meet with arbitrator

• An arbitrator met with the NFL and the players’ union in Philadelphia in a dispute over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s authority to punish players in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. The NFL Players Association has challenged Goodell’s power to impose penalties for what the league says was a three-year bounty program that targeted specific players. The union has asked arbitrator Stephen Burbank of the University of Pennsylvania to decide whether the players should be punished for the system. It also has asked that Burbank, not Goodell, hear appeals by the four players: current Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, suspended for the 2012 season, and defensive end Will Smith (four games); Green Bay end Anthony Hargrove (eight games); and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita (three games). Fujita attended the hearing.

• After a promise from players that the game will be more competitive, the NFL will hold the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 27, a week before the Super Bowl. Goodell had made it clear canceling the all-star game was a possibility after the uninspired play of this year’s 59-41 AFC victory. After discussions between the league and the players’ union, the NFL announced Wednesday that Aloha Stadium would host the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year.

• Minnesota Vikings cornerback Asher Allen retired. Coach Leslie Frazier said that the fourth-year player came into his office last week and told Frazier of his decision. Frazier says he was surprised, but did not get into the specifics of their discussion. Allen started nine games and appeared in 12 last year, but missed time because of a concussion and a shoulder injury. Frazier said the decision was not related to injuries.

•?The Seattle Seahawks have confirmed they will hold a tryout for former high school star Brian Banks, who was exonerated in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused. Sea-hawks coach Pete Carroll did not speak after the Seahawks’ offseason workout on Wednesday, but the team confirmed that Banks will work out for the team on June 7. The 26-year-old Banks pleaded no contest 10 years ago on the advice of his lawyer after a childhood friend falsely accused him of attacking her on their high school campus. Last Thursday, a judge threw out the conviction that sent Banks to prison for more than five years. ESPN.com reported that the Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins are interested.

• New England Patriots draft pick Alfonzo Dennard pleaded not guilty to assaulting a police officer outside a bar in Lincoln, where he played cornerback for Nebraska. Online court records say Dennard’s lawyer filed a written arraignment and the plea on Tuesday. A trial date has not been set. He could face up to five years in prison.

other

Lidstrom expected to retire from NHL

•?After 20 seasons, the Nicklas Lidstrom era in Detroit is coming to an end for the Red Wings. Lidstrom will announce his retirement at a news conference this morning, a source has confirmed to the Free Press. The event will be held at Joe Louis Arena, where Lidstrom arrived as a promising 21-year-old de-?fenseman in 1991 and leaves two decades later with an armful of trophies. He’s possibly the most respected player in the NHL, a guy whom teammates regularly referred to as “the perfect human,” and who’ll go down in history as one of hockey’s greatest defensemen. Lidstrom retires with four Stanley Cups and seven Norris Trophies as the game’s best defenseman.

• Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Tony Meola, captain Claudio Reyna and defender Desmond Armstrong were inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, along with former women’s national team coach Tony DiCicco. The four were honored before the United States’ exhibition game Wednesday against Brazil in Landover, Md.

— From wire reports