Press Box: NHL, union meet separately with mediator

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

Federal mediator Scott Beckenbaugh met separately with the NHL and the NHL Players Association on Friday, but no formal meetings between the two sides was scheduled, TSN reported.
The players union met internally Friday before meeting with Beckenbaugh, then the each side met with Becknebaigh in what the players union described as "shuttle mediation," according to the report.
The players present at the union meeting included Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Shane Doan, Andrew Ference,Ron Hainsey, Jamal Mayers, George Parros, and Kevin Westgarth, the union said.
The NHL owners will not be returning to the negotiations, according to the report, which also noted several unresolved issues remain, including the second-year cap number, the length of player contacts and the players' pension.

-- Frustrated Colorado coach Tad Boyle called for an end to replay after the Buffaloes suffered a controversial overtime loss Thursday night at No. 3 Arizona.
After a lengthy replay review, referees reversed the on-court call and disallowed a 3-pointer at the buzzer in regulation that would have given Colorado a Pac-12 road win. Arizona went on to post a 92-83 victory in overtime in Tucson, Ariz., after trailing by as many as 17 points.
"Get rid of instant replay," Boyle told in a phone interview. "In basketball, football, human error is part of our game. If human error is part of the game, let the officials call the game. Players, coaches and officials will make mistakes. It's part of the game. We spend all this money on replays and we still can't get it right. Get rid of it."

---Top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy might skip the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, over concerns about his country affiliation.
McIlroy is from Northern Ireland, which doesn't participate in the Olympics. His options are playing for Ireland or Great Britain, he told the BBC in an interview for a documentary.
"Play for one side or the other -- or not play at all because I may upset too many people," McIlroy said.

---Right-hander Brett Myers has signed a one-year, $7 million contract with a club option for 2014 at $8 million with the Cleveland Indians.
Myers, 32, is expected to bid for a start in the starting rotation this season.
He pitched in relief for the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox last season, posting a combined 3-8 record with an 3.31 ERA and 19 saves in 70 games. He was traded to the White Sox in July.

--The New York Yankees have claimed infielder/outfielder Russ Canzler off waivers from the Cleveland Indians, the Yankees announced Friday.
Canzler, 26, appeared in 26 games, including 24 starts, for the Indians as a September call-up in 2012. He hit .269 with three home runs.

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