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6 owners, 6 players will try to end lockout

NEW YORK - Traditional labor talks have made little progress in the NHL lockout, so the league and the players' association are going to try something different in an attempt to save the season that is slipping away.

A crew of six owners will meet with a handful of players on Tuesday in New York - one day before the league's board of governors meeting - without Commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr. Bettman proposed the unique meeting on Wednesday when talks broke off following two days of negotiations with federal mediators, and it wasn't agreed to until Sunday.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly will likely participate for the NHL along with union special counsel Steve Fehr.

Ron Burkle (Pittsburgh Penguins), Mark Chipman (Winnipeg Jets), Murray Edwards (Calgary Flames), Jeremy Jacobs (Boston Bruins), Larry Tanenbaum (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Jeff Vinik (Tampa Bay Lightning) will take part in the talks for the league, Daly said.

Six players will be picked for the meeting, but that list wasn't announced yet.

The lockout reached its 78th day on Sunday, and at best, there will only be a shortened season if there is any hockey at all.


North Carolina women win 21st NCAA title

SAN DIEGO - North Carolina scored three goals in the second half to beat Penn State 4-1 and win its 21st women's soccer NCAA championship.

The Tar Heels (15-5-3), who were making their 26th appearance in the final four College Cup, won the title for the first time since 2009.

Penn State (21-4-2) was playing in its first title game.

With the game tied 1-1, the Tar Heels' Hanna Gardner scored 48 seconds into the second half when she converted Katie Bowen's corner kick with a header past Penn State goalie Erin McNulty. It was Gardner's second goal of the season.

• In Glendale late Saturday, Alex Morgan scored 44 seconds into the match and the U.S. women's team beat Ireland 2-0 before 11,570 at 63,000-seat University of Phoenix Stadium. She also assisted on Megan Rapinoe's goal late in the first half.

Morgan, who scored three times in the Americans' 5-0 win over Ireland in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, has 28 goals this calendar year.

With three matches to go, the prolific 23-year-old forward is on pace to become the third player in U.S. history with 30 goals in a calendar year. The others are Abby Wambach (31) in 2004 and Michelle Akers (39) in 1991.

"It's great that I'm really close to 30," Morgan said.


Skier Vonn completes 2nd hat trick in Alberta

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta - Lindsey Vonn is in a class by herself when it comes to women's World Cup skiing at Lake Louise.

After taking both downhills, Vonn won Sunday's super-G for her second straight hat trick at the resort. Vonn has 14 career wins here, and she hopes that's enough to prompt the world governing body to re-consider her request to race the men's World Cup at the site.

• Ted Ligety of the U.S. captured his second straight World Cup giant slalom race in Beaver Creek, Colo.

• Jonathan Ndambuki, 36, of Kenya won the Las Vegas Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 32.minutes and 24 seconds, while Nuta Olaru, 42, of Romania took first place in the women's race in 2:51:31.

The Associated Press

By the numbers

Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith turned gold into cash after he sold some of his awards through SCP Auctions as part of his estate and family planning.


What Smith fetched Sunday for his 13 straight Gold Glove awards from 1980-1992. He also received $51,364 for a Cardinals' World Series ring and $42,448 for a 2006 St. Louis World Series ring. Both were gifts from his former team.

SOURCE: The Associated Press