NFL owners and locked-out players met Wednesday for a second consecutive day in New York, with Judge

Arthur Boylan

joining commissioner

Roger Goodell

and union chief

DeMaurice Smith


On hand were five team owners and five players.

They await a ruling about the legality of the lockout from the federal appeals court in St. Louis. The factions aren't due back in court until August.

On Wednesday, Judge Susan Nelson moved up a hearing for the league's motion to dismiss the players' antitrust suit from Sept. 12 to Aug. 29 - nine days before the scheduled start of the regular season.

GOLF: Two former South Jersey stars were among four players tied for the second-round lead in the New Jersey State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster.

David Sanders (Lenape) of Laurel Creek shot a 74 and Little Mill's Mike Meisenzahl (Shawnee) shot a 71, leaving both at 1-under-par 143.

They were tied with Pat Wilson of St. John's University and Little Mill's Ben Smith. The tournament ends with 36 holes Thursday.

SOCCER: Josh Gardner scored his first MLS goal since 2006 to help lead the host Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake in Ohio.

Gardner spent the last four seasons in the minors after playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Andres Mendoza converted a penalty kick for the Crew (4-3-6) in the 76th minute.

Jamison Olave had given Real Salt Lake (6-3-2) the lead in the seventh minute off a corner kick.

Crew defender Josh Williams was suspended for 10 games by MLS for violating the substance-abuse policy and testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Juventus will play three friendlies in the United States this summer. The 27-time Italian champions will meet Mexican side Club America on July 26 at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. Details for the other matches have not been finalized.

The team will be based in Philadelphia from July 19 to Aug. 1.

TENNIS: Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych beat fellow Czech Jan Hernych, 6-3, 7-6 (7), to reach the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany.

Berdych will play 12th-ranked Viktor Troicki, who ousted Igor Andreev of Russia, 6-3, 6-1. The Serb completed the victory in 53 minutes.

COLLEGES: Temple junior Travis Mahoney advanced to Friday's final in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8 minutes, 47.31 seconds during the NCAA track and field championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

Northwestern hired former Rutgers basketball coach Fred Hill as an assistant. He joins the staff of fellow New Jersey native Bill Carmody as it tries to lead the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament for the first time.

The 52-year-old Hill compiled a record of 47-77 for Rutgers. His father, Fred Sr., is the longtime baseball coach for the Scarlet Knights.

Police say former star basketball player Thomas Emma plunged Tuesday from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent a suicide. Emma was a Duke basketball team captain in 1983.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have acquired the negotiating rights to Terrelle Pryor and have spoken to Pryor's lawyer about bringing the former Ohio State quarterback to the Canadian Football League.

- Staff and wire reports