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Press Box: NHL owners still want to start regular season on time

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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on Monday that owners still want the regular season to begin as scheduled, NHL.com reported Monday.

Daly said he hopes negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will resume this week, although nothing has been scheduled.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association have not had a formal negotiating session since Sept. 12.

Preseason games through Sept. 30 have already been cancelled. But owners still hope the 2012-13 NHL regular season will begin Oct. 11 as scheduled.

"We're 100 percent focused on not missing any regular-season games and hopefully we can achieve that objective," Daly said, according to NHL.com. "Obviously, we've got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it's important to get the talks going again. But you also have to have something to say. I think it's fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the Players' Association in a meaningful way because I don't think that they've really moved off their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago now."

COLLEGE FOOITBALL

---Six cities are under consideration to host the national championship game following the 2014 season, ESPN.com reported.

The Jan. 12, 2015, national title game will crown the champion of the first four-team Football Bowl Subdivision playoff.

The six sites under consideration, according to the report, are the four current BCS bowls -- the Fiesta in Glendale, Ariz., Orange in Miami, Sugar in New Orleans and Rose in Pasadena, Calif. -- as well as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

---East Carolina wide receiver Dayon Arrington was been dismissed from the team for violating team rules. The school's release announcing the dismissal noted that school officials were informed that Arrington was charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia by the Greenville , N.C., Police Department early Sunday morning.

AUTO RACING

---Kurt Busch signed a one-year contract to drive the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet in 2013, FoxSports.com reported Monday.

Busch began looking into the Furniture Row operation in July.

"It's a program that has shown me they have the same type of passion for racing like I do," said Busch, 34, according to FoxSports.com. "(Team owner) Barney Visser was the No. 1 person to make all this happen. He has a tremendous amount of passion. He's a racer, and he's seen it from inside of the cockpit."

MMA

---Attendance for UFC 152 in Toronto on Saturday night was around 16,800, down from the 18,303 that attended UFC 140 in the city in December 2011.

"We love it here man. I'd do fights here every weekend if we could," UFC President Dana White told the Toronto Sun.

The event brought in close to $2 million (Canadian) in gate revenue.

The current plan calls for the UFC to return to Toronto in September each of the next two years.

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