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NHL gives players a new proposal

The NHL made a new offer to the players' association, hoping to spark talks toward ending the lockout.

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NHL

League gives players

a new proposal

The NHL made a new offer to the players' association, hoping to spark talks toward ending the lockout and saving the hockey season.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Friday the league presented its proposal Thursday and was waiting for a response. The sides haven't met in person since a second round of talks with a federal mediator broke down Dec. 13.

The lockout reached its 104th day Friday and league officials have said they don't want a season shorter than 48 games per team. That means a deal would need to be reached by mid-January.

"We delivered to the union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA," Daly said in a statement.

Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr have talked. The two sides will go over the proposal in a conference call Saturday and perhaps meet Sunday in New York.

A source familiar with key points of the offer told The Associated Press the league proposed raising the limit of individual free-agent contracts to six years from five — seven years if a team re-signs its own player; raising the salary variance from one year to another to 10 percent, up from 5 percent; and one compliance buyout for the 2013-14 season that wouldn't count toward a team's salary cap but would be included in the overall players' share of income.

The latest proposal reportedly is for 10 years.

Tennis

Nadal to miss

Australian Open

Rafael Nadal has recovered from a knee injury, but a stomach virus will delay the 11-time major-tournament winner's return to competition for a couple of months.

Nadal announced he will miss next month's Australian Open and probably won't play again until the end of February. The Spaniard said he needs time to recover from the virus that already prevented him from coming back this week in Abu Dhabi.

Nadal, 26, has been sidelined since June with a knee injury that forced him to miss the London Olympics and U.S. Open.

Meanwhile, top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Nicolas Almagro of Spain — a late replacement for Nadal — will face each other in the final of the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Baseball

Indians sell network

The Cleveland Indians sold their regional TV sports network and telecast rights for their games to Fox Sports Media Group.

The Plain Dealer reported Fox Sports is paying an estimated $230 million for SportsTime Ohio and $400 million over 10 years to broadcast Indians games.

Urbina resurfaces

Former major-league pitcher Ugueth Urbina, 38, returned to baseball after serving 7 ½ years in prison for the attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch.

Before taking the field in his native Venezuela to play for the Lions of Caracas, Urbina described himself as "more mature" and said he was "very excited to play baseball again." He said he would like to pitch in the United States again.

Elsewhere

• Skier Anna Fenninger of Austria won a World Cup giant slalom in Semmering, Austria. Fenninger had a combined time of 2 minutes, 13.09 seconds to beat Tina Maze of Slovenia by 1.10.

Mikaela Shiffrin, a resident of Eagle-Vail, Colo., was eighth — the best giant-slalom result of the 17-year-old's career.

Heather Richardson of High Point, N.C., won the title in the women's 500 meters at the U.S. long-track speedskating championships in Kearns, Utah.

Richardson triumphed in 37.34 seconds — a national record and the fastest time in the world this season — in her second 500 and had a combined time of 74.850 for two 500-meter races.

Mitch Whitmore of Waukesha, Wis., won the men's 500 title with a combined time of 70.510.

David "Salt" Walther, a former auto and hydroplane racer who was severely burned in a crash in the 1973 Indianapolis 500, died Thursday in Trotwood, Ohio. He was 65.

A spokesman for the Montgomery County Coroner's Office said the cause of death hadn't been determined.

Walther's crash early in the 1973 Indy 500 left him with severe burns over 40 percent of his body, according to the Dayton Daily News. The newspaper said that led to an addiction to morphine and abuse of other drugs.

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