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Press Box: NHL cancels games through Dec. 30

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The NHL canceled games through Dec. 30, The Sporting News reported Monday.

The league previously called off games through Dec. 14.

Cancelling the games is not a surprise move considering last Thursday's collective bargaining negotiations between the league owners and the players' union broke down.

No new talks are scheduled but the two sides have been in contact. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he hopes negotiations will resume soon.

"Trying to set up something for this week, but nothing finalized yet," Daly told NHL.com.

NHL Players' Association chief Donald Fehr insists the two sides were close to a deal, but commissioner Gary Bettman denied it.

A total of 527 regular season games have been cancelled so far.

When the 1994-95 season lockout resulted in a 48-game schedule, a deal was reached on Jan. 14.

NBA

--Cleveland Cavaliers second-year point guard Kyrie Irving practiced Monday and is expected to play Tuesday after missing 11 games with a fractured left index finger, the team reported.

Irving is averaging 22.9 points and 5.6 assists in 10 games for the 4-17 Cavs, who host the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

--Indiana and Duke top both major polls, released Monday, with the Hoosiers at the No. 1 position.

Indiana leads the AP media poll for the sixth straight week. Indiana (9-0) got 44 of 64 first-place votes while No. 2 Duke, also 9-0, received the remaining votes. The Hoosiers got 25 of 31 first-place votes in the USA Today coaches poll while the Blue Devils received the other six.

Michigan and Syracuse ranked third and fourth, respectively.

GOLF

--The PGA Tour announced the first six tournaments for the newly restructured 2013-14 season on Monday. All six events will award FedEx Cup points and will be televised on Golf Channel. Three of the tournaments are outside of the U.S.

The tournaments, all held before the end of the 2013 calendar year, will count toward the 2014 FedEx Cup.

The season tees off with the Frys.com Open Oct. 10-13 in San Martin, Calif. Other tournaments included in the new format are: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas, Nev. (Oct. 17-20); CIMB Classic in Selangor, Malaysia (Oct. 24-27); WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China (Oct. 31-Nov. 3); McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga. (Nov. 7-10); and OHL Classic at Mayakoba Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Nov. 14-17).
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