From wire reports
NHL, union resume negotiations Friday
•?The NHL and its players’ union are to resume bargaining Friday for the first time since the lockout began, although the talks will concentrate on secondary economic issues.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players’ Association special counsel Steve Fehr met Tuesday in Toronto and set up the session, which will be in New York. These will be the first formal negotiations since Sept. 12, when the players and owners exchanged proposals.
The lockout started Sept. 16, when training camps were to open. With the league and union far apart on money, both sides decided to discuss other economic issues that also are necessary for an agreement. Fehr said the topics will include pension and medical plans, schedule rules, drug testing and the grievance procedure.
Top officials from the NHL and NHLPA met Monday to review last season’s economics and complete escrow payments due players. The labor contract was not discussed.
• The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the St. Louis Blues laid off some of their front-office workers. The exact number wasn’t announced, but the team says it is just under 20. The remaining 75 employees took pay cuts or have switched to four-day work weeks.
Roy Williams’ tumor is not cancerous
•?North Carolina said Roy Williams’ surgically removed kidney tumor was not cancerous, though he will have a biopsy to ensure a second kidney tumor is also benign. In a news release Tuesday afternoon, the school said tests determined the tumor removed last week from Williams’ right kidney was an oncocytoma, which is a benign growth often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays that doesn’t spread like a cancerous tumor would. Williams also has a tumor on his left kidney, but doctors say there is “a good chance” that growth is the same as the one removed Sept. 19.
• The Milwaukee Bucks signed free-agent guard Marquis Daniels, a nine-year veteran who spent the last three years in a reserve role with the Boston Celtics. The 31-year-old has averaged 8.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 489 games.
Formula One track in Texas approved
•?The new track built for Formula One’s U.S. Grand Prix has been given the go-ahead for the Nov. 18 race. Circuit of the Americas officials announced that the track located a few miles southeast of downtown Austin, Texas, passed its pre-race inspection by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the sanctioning body for international motorsports. The U.S. Grand Prix will be F1’s first race in the U.S. since 2007.
• Indycar said it is exploring partnerships with tire manufacturers besides Bridgestone Firestone, whose racing tires are made in Akron.
Manchester United captain is sidelined
• Manchester United says captain Nemanja Vidic will be sidelined for about two months following right knee surgery. The Serbian defender missed the final five months of last season after rupturing a cruciate ligament, and United says he’s now had a meniscus operation on the same knee.
• Rafael Nadal still has no timetable for his return from a knee injury, and the 11-time Grand Slam champion isn’t sure if he’ll play the Australian Open in January.
• Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao agreed to settle a federal defamation case in Las Vegas, according to a lawyer involved in the case, a move that avoids trial and clears a key hurdle to a long-awaited bout between two top fighters who’ve traded verbal jabs for years but have never met in the ring.
— From wire reports