The NHL Players' Association disputed claims by the league that the union's latest collective-bargaining-agreement proposal would generate...

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NHLPA disputes league’s projections: The NHL Players’ Association disputed claims by the league that the union’s latest collective-bargaining-agreement proposal would generate severe losses.

Using a three-year projection based on league numbers, the NHLPA said its offer — which featured an across-the-board 24 percent salary rollback — would produce a $275.5 million profit for teams as opposed to a $568.5 million loss, as stated by the NHL.

The sides broke off talks Tuesday after a 3-1/2-hour negotiating session in which each side rejected a proposal aimed at reaching a new deal and putting an end to the lockout that reached its 92nd day yesterday.

World Stars lose in Sweden: Goalie Dominik Hasek and the World Stars team of NHL barnstormers lost 6-1 to Swedish club Farjestad in Karlstad, Sweden. The World Stars are 4-2 on their 10-game, seven-country trip.

Horse racing

New York’s top tracks raided: Investigators looking into jockey weigh-ins served search warrants at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga racetracks this week.

The new warrants grew out of the long-standing state and federal investigation of practices at the tracks, where the Belmont, Travers and Wood Memorial are run annually. Those investigations have uncovered tax evasion by parimutuel tellers and other misconduct, but New York Racing Association officials have adamantly denied the problems have extended to the races themselves.


Parma keeps Italian hopes alive: Parma recovered from an early deficit to beat Besiktas 3-2 and maintain Italy’s hopes of winning a UEFA Cup it once dominated.

After Lazio’s elimination, it looked as if Serie A wouldn’t have a team left in a competition it won eight times in 11 seasons between 1989 and 1999.

Athletic Bilbao of Spain scored a 7-1 victory at Standard Liege with a hat trick by Santiago Ezquerro to win its group.

Switzerland’s FC Basel joined Feyenoord and Schalke of Germany as qualifiers from Group A.

Stewart signs with Dutch club: U.S. midfielder Earnie Stewart, 35, returned to VVV Venlo, signing an 18-month contract with the Dutch second-division team.

Fans get five-year bans: Three fans in Blackburn, England, were fined and banned from attending games in England or Wales until 2009 after pleading guilty to racist taunting of Birmingham City striker Dwight Yorke.

Track and field

Jones wants lie-detector test for Conte: The lawyer for triple Olympic champion Marion Jones has challenged the indicted head of the BALCO laboratory to take a lie-detector test after he alleged he had seen her taking performance-enhancing drugs.

The demand comes after Jones sued Victor Conte for $25 million for defamation.


Police: Janitor stole medals: A janitor, Paul Nichols Christow, 48, has been charged with stealing more than 100 Olympic medals and other memorabilia from the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., including Hollywood star Johnny Weissmuller’s 1924 medals and an ancient Greek medal. Only about half of the medals have been recovered.

Arena football

Ditka joins Chicago Rush as owner: Mike Ditka became a minority owner of the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League. This is the first time he’s been part owner of a pro-football team.


Darchinyan wins IBF flyweight title: Vic Darchinyan (22-0, 17 KOs) scored an 11th-round technical knockout of defending champion Irene Pacheco to win the IBF flyweight title in Hollywood, Fla.

Former Olympian Brian Viloria (16-0) of Waipahu, Hawaii, knocked out Angel Priolo of Colombia in the seventh round of a flyweight bout in Los Angeles.

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