Federal mediators to join NHL lockout talks

Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, which have led to the first two and a half months of the regular season being canceled. George H. Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said yesterday he had assigned three mediators to assist in negotiations to end the lockout. Cohen says the parties have agreed to use the assistance of the FMCS and that deputy director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, director of mediation services John Sweeney and Commissioner Guy Serota will join the talks. The sides have not negotiated since last Wednesday. The NHL has canceled more than 34 percent of its regular season, including all games through December 14, the New Year's Day outdoor Winter Classic and the All-Star weekend scheduled for Jan. 26-27 at Columbus, Ohio. (AP )

 

Giants' World Series share a record $377,003

A full postseason share for the World Series champion San Francisco Giants was worth a record $377,003, breaking the mark that had stood since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals. In the first year of the expansion of the playoffs from eight teams to 10, the players' pool was a record $65.36 million, Major League Baseball said yesterday. The previous mark of $59.1 million came in 2009. The Giants split $23.5 million, voting 50 full shares, partial shares equivalent to another 11.1, and 12 cash awards. All-Star outfielder Melky Cabrera, suspended for the final 45 games of the regular season and the division series, automatically received a full share without his teammates having to make a decision. (AP )

 

North Carolina coach Roy Williams says he's unsure whether sophomore P.J. Hairston will play at No. 1 Indiana tonight after suffering an injury to his left knee in practice. Williams said Hairston was hurt during Sunday's practice and was being evaluated Monday. Senior guard Dexter Strickland said the injury occurred during a dribbling drill and that he doesn't expect Hairston to be ready for the Hoosiers. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner says Hairston has a mild sprain. Hairston is third on the team in scoring at 10.8 points off the bench and is shooting 35 percent from 3-point range. The No. 14 Tar Heels' trip to Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge will be their fifth straight game away from home, including three games at last week's Maui Invitational. (AP )