Compiled from wire reports

hockey

NHL cancels rest of preseason slate

•?The NHL canceled the rest of the 2012 preseason Thursday, just a day before negotiations resume in an effort to end the lockout.

The league announced its second cancellation of preseason games in a two-?sentence statement. NHL owners locked out players on Sept. 16 when the collective bargaining agreement expired.

The NHL had already called off all the exhibition games scheduled in September. The regular season is supposed to begin on Oct. 11.

The two sides have scheduled talks today in New York, although they are on secondary economic issues as opposed to the core of the dispute, which is how to split more than $3 billion in annual revenue.

The NHL and the union last met for formal negotiations on Sept. 12, three days before the labor pact that ended the previous lockout — back in 2005 — ran out.

Now there is at least a glimmer of optimism as talks are expected to last through the weekend. If a deal isn’t reached soon, regular-season games will be the next thing to be called off, and players will begin to miss paychecks.

In the most recent round of talks, both sides exchanged proposals on the core economic issues. The NHL made the last offer that day and said it has been waiting for the players’ counteroffer.

“Obviously, we’ve got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it’s important to get the talks going again,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said.

As part of their decision to resume talks, the sides agreed to revisit the secondary issues that will have to be ironed out in the new agreement. Those include, but aren’t limited to, grievance procedures, travel, medical care, and pensions and benefits.

basketball

Rubio hopes to play in NBA in December

•?Ricky Rubio says he hopes to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves sometime in December but insists he’s “not going to rush it” to be sure he’s ready. Rubio’s rehabilitation from reconstructive left knee surgery is on schedule. Rubio was hurt at the end of Minnesota’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers last March 9, when he tried to plant his leg while defending Kobe Bryant. With one awkward bend of the point guard’s most important joint, Rubio’s impressive rookie season was over.

•?Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading no contest in Houston to assaulting his former girlfriend in February. Hill, 25, will also have to pay a $500 fine, undergo domestic-violence counseling, make a $100 donation to the Harris County Violence Fund and avoid any contact with the victim. The assault charge was reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor.

•?Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles is the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player, easily topping Los Angeles forward Candace Parker in voting. Charles received 25 first-place votes and 345 points overall

other

GM Mark Johnson leaves KV Racing

•?Mark Johnson has resigned as general manager of KV Racing Technology after a season of high expectations fell woefully short for the?IndyCar Series team. The whirlwind courtship and preseason signing of former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello had many believing KV Racing would take a big step this season toward becoming one of IndyCar’s more competitive teams. Instead, Tony Kanaan’s third-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 was one of the few highlights. Johnson had been general manager since 2006, and led the integration of KV Racing from the Champ Car series into IndyCar during the unification of the series in 2008.

•?The head of cycling’s governing body in Aigle, Switzerland, says the wait to receive the U.S. evidence in Lance Armstrong’s doping case is a “cause for concern.” Cycling body UCI complained Thursday about what it sees as a delay in receiving the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s files that led the agency to wipe out years of Armstrong’s results, including his seven Tour de France titles. USADA also banned him from sanctioned competition for life. USADA said Wednesday it would send its “reasoned decision” to the UCI by Oct. 15, and that the cycling body already knows that. It had been expected that the files would be turned over by the end of September.

•?Sam Stosur knocked two-time champion Maria Sharapova out of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, reaching the semifinals with a 6-4, 7-6 (10) victory over the Russian. Stosur broke Sharapova to go up 5-3 in the second set but then lost nine consecutive points as the Russian sent the match to a tiebreaker, which Stosur won on her fifth match point.

•?Chelsea captain John Terry was suspended for four games by England’s Football Association for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers’ Anton Ferdinand last season. Terry, 31, was fined $356,000 by the F.A.’s independent regulatory commission.

— From wire reports