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NHL

Even phone calls stop between league and union

NEW YORK – Now the NHL and the locked-out players’ association aren’t even talking by phone.

With the lockout entering its third month, communications between the fighting sides have come to a halt with no clear sign of what the next step will be or when it will be taken.

“No, we have not communicated today,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Associated Press yesterday in an email. “No meetings scheduled, and no plans to meet.”

After four straight days of negotiations in New York last week, talks broke off angrily Friday night. Discussions resumed on Sunday, solely regarding player contract terms, but that meeting ended after only 90 minutes.

Daly says that no decisions have been made to call off any more games.

NFL

Cutler’s status remains up in air; Dobbins fined

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s status for this week remains in question because of a concussion.

Coach Lovie Smith said Cutler is “feeling a whole lot better” after sitting out the second half of Sunday’s loss to Houston. Whether he’ll be ready to play against San Francisco on Monday night is another issue.

The Bears believe Cutler was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Tim Dobbins late in the first half against the Texans, and Smith said yesterday they were still evaluating him. If Cutler is not ready to play against the 49ers, the Bears believe they have a solid backup after adding Jason Campbell in the offseason.

Dobbins was fined $30,000 yesterday for the hit.

NFL

Cassel to start at QB for Chiefs vs. Bengals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday against Cincinnati because Brady Quinn still has not been cleared to play following a concussion.

Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel said that Quinn feels better and that he could be cleared by the end of the week, but he couldn’t take the chance that he wouldn’t be ready for the Bengals.

As a result, Cassel will start his third consecutive game.

Cassel was the starter earlier this year before sustaining his own concussion in a game against Baltimore. Quinn was the fill-in starter for a game, and then got the permanent job, only to be knocked out of his second start against the Raiders.

NFL

Cowboys RB Murray: ‘Chance’ he will play vs. Browns

IRVING, Texas – Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray says there’s “a chance” he could return Sunday against Cleveland after missing four games with a sprained right foot.

Murray has been out since rushing for 93 yards in a loss at Baltimore. He had 90 yards in the first half but sustained the injury in the second quarter. He had just one carry in the third quarter before coming out for good.

The second-year pro returned to practice for limited work last week and joined his teammates in shorts and helmets at yesterday’s practice. Dallas Coach Jason Garrett wasn’t available for an update after practice.

Baseball

Affeldt, Giants complete $18 million, 3-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO – Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt and the San Francisco Giants have completed an $18 million, three-year contract.

Bobby Evans, the team’s vice president of baseball operations, said yesterday the deal had been finalized – giving the reliable reliever the kind of job stability he sought once the World Series winners were done with their season.

The 33-year-old Affeldt went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 67 appearances covering 631∕3 innings this season for the Giants.

Baseball

A’s Manager Melvin will welcome back Colon

OAKLAND, Calif. – Bartolo Colon will be welcomed back to the Oakland Athletics with no hard feelings – at least by newly crowned AL Manager of the Year Bob Melvin.

Melvin said yesterday he is happy the right-hander will return to the club next year after his 2012 season ended with a 50-game suspension Aug. 22 for testing positive for testosterone.

Colon received a $3 million, one-year contract Nov. 3. While the new deal includes incentives for starts and innings, he also has potential bonuses for relief appearances – though Melvin said Colon would prepare as a starter and will be “embraced” by the reigning AL West champions.

College football

Big 12 to issue Tuberville public reprimand

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Big 12 said it will issue Texas Tech Coach Tommy Tuberville a public reprimand for his sideline outburst at a graduate assistant during last weekend’s double overtime win against Kansas.

Conference spokesman Bob Burda said yesterday that Commissioner Bob Bowlsby issued the reprimand verbally. A letter also will be sent to the school, Burda said.

Tuberville said he has apologized to Kevin Oliver, whose headset and cap were knocked off when the coach pulled on Oliver’s headset.

Video of the confrontation went viral on the internet during Saturday’s game after the Red Raiders had difficulty getting the right personnel on the field in their 41-34 win over Kansas in Lubbock.

Swimming

Olympian Franklin signs to swim for Cal

Missy Franklin pranked California women’s swimming Coach Teri McKeever when it came time for the five-time Olympic medalist to announce her college choice.

The 17-year-old lured McKeever into thinking she had lost out on arguably the most decorated recruit to enter college swimming. Eventually, Franklin fessed up and McKeever breathed a sigh of relief.

Franklin made it official yesterday, signing a national letter of intent to swim for the Golden Bears starting next September. The Centennial, Colo., resident plans to swim collegiately for two years and then turn pro before the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Alpine skiing

Vonn released from Colorado hospital

Lindsey Vonn was released from a hospital in Vail, Colo., yesterday, two days after being admitted for intestinal pain.

Vonn’s publicist Lewis Kay said in an email that she’s “feeling much better” and “resting comfortably at home.” He’s not sure when the four-time overall World Cup champion will return to skiing.

Kay said doctors were still trying to determine what caused her illness, but she’s responded well to treatment. Kay said it’s not clear “when she will be able to return to the mountain” but will “update as her health improves.”

Vonn’s ski technician Heinz Haemmerle said Tuesday that Vonn hadn’t trained in more than two weeks. She was in Colorado to prepare for the upcoming World Cup races in Aspen on Nov. 24.

Soccer

Dallas CEO accused of beating wife in New York City

NEW YORK – The CEO of Dallas’s professional soccer team is facing charges he beat and choked his wife at a New York City hotel.

Police say FC Dallas’s Douglas Quinn assaulted Elizabeth Quinn after an argument in their Manhattan hotel room on Saturday.

A criminal complaint said Douglas Quinn punched his wife in the face repeatedly. It says he put a pillow over her head and applied pressure so she couldn’t breathe.

Quinn was arraigned in Manhattan criminal court and was released on $20,000 bail. He’s due back in court today.

His lawyer, Alan Futerfas, says “there is often another side to the story, and there certainly is one here.” The lawyer says he looks forward to meeting with the district attorney’s office.

Dallas finished sixth in the Western Conference and missed the playoffs.

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