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Sports briefs: Sept. 17


No formal talks scheduled in NHL lockout

Die-hard hockey fans might need to invest in some classic NHL games on DVD.

It might be the only taste of hockey for months.

There's no telling when the NHL lockout will end, especially when neither the league nor the NHLPA has committed to face-to-face negotiations to end the labor unrest. There were no formal talks Sunday on the first day of the lockout, the league's fourth shutdown since 1992, including a year-long dispute that forced the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season when the league successfully held out for a salary cap.

And there are no formal talks planned.

The league issued a statement to fans on its website that it was "committed to negotiating around the clock to reach a new CBA that is fair to the players and to the 30 NHL teams."

The clock is ticking and there's no new collective bargaining agreement in sight. The league could start to announce this week the cancellation of pre-season games and there's little chance training camps will open on time. The regular season is scheduled to begin Oct. 11, but that is in peril.

Some players won't wait for labor talks to pick up — they've already packed up.

As of Sunday morning, all NHL players were free to speak to other leagues. Many will land in Russia's KHL, and two big names already signed. Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa defenseman Sergei Gonchar agreed to deals with Metallurg. More will surely follow.

Malkin, a 26-year-old center with the Penguins, is the NHL's reigning MVP. Gonchar, 38, is a defenseman who helped lead the Senators to the playoffs last season.


Shin wins British Open in harsh conditions

Jiyai Shin avoided mistakes in miserable weather conditions Sunday to cruise to a record nine-stroke victory in the Women's British Open.

In the 36-hole finish Sunday in the wind-delayed tournament, Shin took a three-shot lead into the final round after shooting a 1-under 71 in the morning. She stayed calm while strong wind and heavy showers sent scores soaring at Royal Liverpool in the afternoon, closing with a 73 to finish at 9-under 279.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain won the Italian Open on Sunday for the second time, edging South Africa's Garth Mulroy by two strokes. European Ryder Cup players Nicolas Colsaerts and Martin Kaymer also fared well. It was the sixth European Tour win of Fernandez-Castano's career. The 31-year-old Spaniard's biggest previous victory came at last year's Singapore Open.

Luke Guthrie wrapped a PGA Tour card for next season, winning the Boise Open on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title. Guthrie, the 22-year-old former Illinois player who turned professional after the NCAA tournament, closed with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory.

College football

'Bama, LSU back on top in AP poll

Alabama and LSU are back atop The Associated Press college football poll, holding down Nos. 1 and 2 the way they did most of last season.

The Crimson Tide is No. 1 for the third straight week, and it was almost unanimous. Alabama received 58 of 60 first-place votes. LSU got the other two.

The Southeastern Conference rivals were ranked first and second for eight weeks during last season before eventually meeting in the BCS title game. The difference last year was LSU was first and Alabama second — until the Tide won the national championship game. LSU moved up to No. 2 this week after Southern California's first loss of the season.


Spain knocks out U.S. in Davis Cup

John Isner and the U.S. Davis Cup team saw firsthand that Spain's dominance isn't limited to Rafael Nadal.

David Ferrer beat Isner 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to give the five-time champions an insurmountable 3-1 lead and a shot at a fourth title in five years. They'll face the Czech Republic on the road in the final.

Helped by Isner's 70 unforced errors, the fifth-ranked Ferrer rallied to stay unbeaten on clay in the competition with his 16th straight win. Isner was left slamming his racket in frustration.

Auto racing

Hunter-Reay takes IndyCar title

Ryan Hunter-Reay opened the IndyCar season determined to take his career to another level. It paid off Saturday night when Hunter-Reay capped a career year with his first championship at a major racing level. In finishing fourth, he beat Will Power by three points for the IndyCar title, the first for an American since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.

UK sports

Volleyball drops SEC season opener

In the Southeastern Conference season opener the No. 13 Florida Gators topped No. 24 Kentucky 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-18) in Memorial Coliseum in front of 1,898 fans. Junior Alexandra Morgan equaled a career high with 10 kills and senior libero Stephanie Klefot had a match-high 18 digs in the loss.

Kentucky women's soccer team (7-1-0, 2-0-0 SEC) netted three goals on Sunday afternoon and blanked visiting Mississippi State to hand the Bulldogs (7-1-1, 0-1-1 SEC) their first loss of the 2012 season. Freshman Kelli Hubly, junior Caitlin Landis and sophomore Arin Gilliland scored for UK.

Horse racing

Keeneland sales still up

Trade remained brisk during Sunday's session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which saw across-the-board increases. Keeneland sold 281 yearlings on Sunday for $21,625,000, up 5.10 percent from 2011 when 292 horses brought $20,575,000. Average price increased 9.22 percent from $70,462 to 76,957, while the median price of $60,000 rose 20 percent over last year's $50,000.

Through six days of the 11-day sale, 1,232 horses have been sold for $180,269,000, for an average of $146,322 and a median of $100,000.

Wise Dan won the $1 million Woodbine Mile on Sunday, beating Hunters Bay by 31/4 lengths to give jockey John Velazquez his record fourth victory in the Grade 1 race. Wise Dan, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Charles Lopresti, finished in 1:34.07 on the turf course and paid $3.10, $2.70 and $2.10. Hunters Bay returned $6.30 and $4.40, and Cityscape paid $2.90.

Ramon Dominguez rode four winners at Belmont Park on Sunday, including Boots Ahead in the $77,000 allowance feature on the turf. Boots Ahead edged Strong Impact by a neck. The 5-year-old gelding ran a mile in 1:35.56, and paid $9.10, $4.30 and $2.60 for his eighth victory in 25 starts.

The last word

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo wasn't happy about the Cowboys' mistakes in their 27-7 loss to Seattle. Said Romo:

"We didn't expect to come in here and lose the game the way we did. I can literally think of 10 things where, 'Boy, you can't do that and win the game.' We did them all. It's tough to overcome that."