The NHL returns to the bargaining table today in Toronto with its strategy exposed. Canadian TV network TSN reported it had obtained a confidential...

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Labor talks resume today: The NHL returns to the bargaining table today in Toronto with its strategy exposed.

Canadian TV network TSN reported it had obtained a confidential, eight-page memo to owners in which the league said the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s offer made Thursday is a short-term fix that provides relief in 2004-05 but lacks the system changes to prevent salaries from jumping again.

Without that, chief legal officer Bill Daly wrote, “the league’s overall financial losses would approach current levels in only a matter of a couple of years.”

In the memo, Daly also said he believed the proposed 24 percent rollback in player salaries was more about gaining union solidarity than good-faith negotiating. He said the league would make a counteroffer. If it includes a linkage between revenue and salaries, today’s talks could be short.

The lockout has led to 407 canceled games.

AHL suspends coaches for roles in brawl: The American Hockey League suspended two coaches for 10 games each for their roles in a bench-clearing, 10-minute brawl during a game between the Lowell Lock Monsters and Norfolk Admirals on Saturday. The incident got out of control when Lowell coach Tom Rowe and Norfolk coach Trent Yawney tried to fight one another.

A total of four players received shorter suspensions.


Roddick drops Gilbert: American Andy Roddick fired coach Brad Gilbert this weekend after 1-1/2 years together that yielded a U.S. Open title and the No. 1 world ranking.

No specific reason was given for the split in a statement Roddick released through SFX Sports Group. “The decision to not rehire Brad Gilbert for the 2005 season is based on what I think is best for my game at this time,” Roddick said.

WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., reported Roddick has agreed to terms with coach Dean Goldfine.

Roddick went 121-26 and won nine tournament titles with Gilbert as coach. Roddick finished 2003 atop the ATP Tour rankings, but lost the top spot this year to Roger Federer of Switzerland.

Auto racing

Bliss gets Nextel Cup ride: Mike Bliss has accepted a three-year deal to drive the No. 0 Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.


Shevchenko wins Golden Ball: AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko of Ukraine won the Golden Ball award as Europe’s best player, edging club teammate Ronaldinho and Barcelona midfielder Deco in France Football magazine’s annual media poll.


Miller earns sixth win: World Cup leader Bode Miller of Franconia, N.H., won a slalom in Sestriere, Italy, to join Marc Girardelli (1988-89) as the only men to win races in all four disciplines in a season.

Miller won for the sixth time in 10 World Cup races by finishing two runs down the 2006 Olympic course in a combined 1 minute, 39.03 seconds. Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland was next, 1.27 seconds behind.

Tom Rothrock of Cashmere was sixth in 1:41.53 for his best World Cup slalom finish.

College athletics

Army hires Anderson: Kevin Anderson, previously executive associate athletic director for external affairs at Oregon State, was named Army’s athletic director. He is Army’s first black AD. Anderson replaces Rick Greenspan, who left to become AD at Indiana.

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