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By Associated Press


NHLPA puts plan on the table

TORONTO (AP) — The NHL Players' Association has made its first contract proposal, less than five weeks before a league-imposed deadline for reaching an agreement.

Union head Donald Fehr (feer) says players are prepared to surrender as much as $465 million in revenue over three years under the proposal if the league continues to grow at an average rate. That figure could swell to $800 if growth holds at the same rate as the last two seasons. However, the proposal also contains a player-controlled fourth-year option that would see the CBA revert to its current terms.

The union is also willing to limit long-term contracts to five years.

The NHL last month made its proposal that featured a 20 percent reduction of players' share of revenues and limitations to free agency.

The current CBA expires Sept. 15. The NHL has said there will be a lockout if a new agreement isn't in place by then.


Benson meets with Goodell

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — New Orleans owner Tom Benson has met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') in New York to discuss matters concerning both the team and the league. While the NFL and the Saints are providing very few details, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel says the meeting was productive and that Benson looks forward to many more discussions with the commissioner.

The meeting comes amid the backdrop of lawsuits filed by current and former Saints players who've challenged the findings of the NFL's bounty investigation.

Goodell has used the NFL's findings as the basis for season-long suspensions of Saints head coach Sean Payton and defensive captain Jonathan Vilma.


Bears linebacker has knee surgery

UNDATED (AP) — Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher (UR'-lahk-ur) has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and still hopes to be ready for the season opener. The Bears said that Urlacher had an arthroscopic debridement procedure to help relieve swelling in the knee and was back at training camp by 10 a.m. He missed the offseason training program after spraining the medial collateral ligament and partially spraining the posterior cruciate ligament in the final game last year against Minnesota.

Urlacher was ready for the start of camp, but has not practiced since July 31. He said Sunday that he expects to be ready for the opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 9.

Also in the NFL, New York Giants defensive tackle Shaun Rogers is being treated for a blood clot in his left calf. Rogers experienced swelling in his lower leg after playing in the preseason opener Friday. The Super Bowl champions did not say how long Rogers would be sidelined.

Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings has been sidelined since he sustained a concussion Aug. 3, and it's not clear when he'll be able to practice again. Jennings is considered unlikely to play in Thursday night's preseason game against Cleveland at Lambeau Field.

Eagles coach Andy Reid says cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has whiplash-type symptoms but no concussion after a mid-air collision on Monday. Asomugha skipped Tuesday's walkthrough after colliding with safety Nate Allen, leaving him motionless on the turf for several minutes.

Redskins defensive tackle Chris Neild is out for the season after suffering a torn left ACL in practice Monday. Neild had two sacks while appearing in all 16 games for Washington last year after being taken in the seventh round of the 2011 draft.

Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper broke his left forearm at practice and could miss up to six weeks. He got caught at the bottom of a pile during team drills early in practice.

And Chad Johnson's wife has filed for divorce after a 41-day marriage. The former Miami Dolphins receiver was arrested last weekend for allegedly head-butting her over the weekend.


Bobby V surprised about player meeting report...Inge, Patton on DL...Fuentes takes leave...Mets get Shoppach

UNDATED (AP) — Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has expressed surprise over a report that several Boston players met with team owner John Henry and team president Larry Lucchino (loo-KEE'-noh) last month to complain about the skipper's handling of the team.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Adrian Gonzalez and Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) were "the most vocal" at a July 27 meeting in New York.

Pedroia and Gonzalez refused comment prior to the Red Sox game in Baltimore tonight and said they might not talk to the media for the rest of the season.

In other major league news, Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte says recent X-rays on his broken lower left leg look better than they did last month, but he's still not sure when he might be cleared to throw off a mound. Pettitte says he realizes that if he has another setback, his season is "probably over." He broke the leg on June 28 and experienced swelling in his left ankle last month, forcing him to be shut down for a while and delaying his recovery.

The Athletics have placed third baseman Brandon Inge (IHNJ) on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder. He's previously been on the disabled list twice this season with groin strains.

The Diamondbacks' disabled list now includes reliever Takashi Saito (tah-KAH'-shee SY'-toh), who's out with a strained left hamstring. The 42-year-old Saito has no record with a 6.14 ERA in 10 games with Arizona.

The Orioles have placed left-hander Troy Patton on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle suffered in a parking garage. Patton is 1-0 with a 2.58 ERA in 50 games and has limited opposing batters to a .218 batting average.

Mariners first baseman Mike Carp has been placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left groin muscle and recalled Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

The Cardinals have put relief pitcher Brian Fuentes on the restricted list after the left-hander told the team he needed time off due to personal reasons. The 37-year-old Fuentes signed as a minor league free agent last month and has appeared in six games, totaling five innings.

Blue Jays, catcher Jeff Mathis has agreed to a $3 million, two-year contract for 2013 for 2014.

Catcher Kelly Shoppach (SHAH'-pak) has been acquired by the Mets from the Red Sox for a player to be named following a waiver claim.

And Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has been suspended for one game following a weekend argument over balls and strikes.


Big East picks new commish

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big East has hired CBS executive vice president Mike Aresco to be commissioner of a conference now in rebuilding mode.

Aresco has been a vice president in charge of programming for CBS since 1996. He's handled the network's contract negotiations with the NCAA for the rights to the men's basketball tournament, and he's also negotiated CBS's 15-year deal with the Southeastern Conference.

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