The NHL allowed its teams' general managers to answer questions from players last weekend about the league's latest collective bargaining agreement proposal, but the NHL Players' Association was not made aware of that decision.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Monday night that GMs were made available during a 48-hour period to the players, SportsBusiness Journal reported.
Steve Fehr, special counsel for the NHL Players' Association, questioned the tactics.
"Most owners are not allowed to attend bargaining meetings," Fehr said in an e-mail to SportsBusiness Journal. "No owners are allowed to speak to the media about the bargaining. Interesting that they are secretly unleashed to talk to the players about the meetings the players can attend but the owners cannot."
The two sides haven't met since last week. The NHL has canceled games through Nov. 1.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was cleared to return to the track this weekend at Martinsville Speedway after missing the past two races with concussion symptoms.
ESPN.com reported that Earnhardt ran a 123-leap test Monday in Georgia and was examined Tuesday by Dr. Jerry Petty, a neurosurgeon in Charlotte, N.C.
"Dale Jr. has done everything asked of him," Petty said. "He hasn't had a headache since Oct. 12 and we have not been able to provoke any symptoms since that time."
Earnhardt sought medical counsel after he crashed two weeks ago at Talladega and said he had a lingering headache. Earnhardt also reported having similar pain after an Aug. 29 test crash at Kansas.
Missing the past two races essentially ended Earnhardt's Sprint Cup championship hopes. Regan Smith filled for Earnhardt and finished 38th at Charlotte and seventh at Kansas.
Seton Hall point guard Aaron Cosby will miss four to six weeks after suffering a knee injury in practice.
Cosby, a sophomore, sprained the PCL in his right knee but won't need surgery, the Newark Star-Ledger reported. Cosby averaged 7.9 points and 1.4 assists last season.
Until Cosby returns, the Pirates are left with inexperienced Freddie Wilson or Tom Maayan as their options at point guard.
Seton Hall opens the season Nov. 9 against Missouri-Kansas City.
One of the leading figures in women's college basketball is calling for a major change to the game.
University of Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma wants the rims to be lowered in an effort to make the game more fan-friendly.
"Let's say the average men's (basketball) player is 6-5 and the average woman is 5-11. Let's lower the rim seven inches; let's say 7.2 inches to honor Title IX (instituted in 1972)," he told the Hartford Courtant. "If you lower it, the average fan likely wouldn't even notice it.
"Now there would be fewer missed layups because the players are actually at the rim (when they shoot). Shooting percentages go up. There would be more tip-ins."