THE LATEST round of NHL labor talks ended with the two sides not even getting into the same room with each other.

The players' association and league negotiators met separately Wednesday with federal mediators in suburban New Jersey, holding discussions that didn't immediately appear to have moved the sides any closer to a deal to save the hockey season.

There was hope going into Wednesday that negotiations could get back on track to the point they were last Thursday before talks fell apart.

All games through Dec. 30 have been canceled, along with the New Year's Day Winter Classic and the All-Star Game. No new meetings have been scheduled.

In other NHL news:

* Tampa Bay Lighting forward Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens will lead teams of locked-out players during a charity game next Wednesday at the former Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The game will be held at Ryerson University's new Mattamy Athletic Centre, located inside the building the Toronto Maple Leafs called home from 1931-99.

Sport Stops * 

Olympic star Ryan Lochte won two gold medals as the United States dominated the first day of the short-course world swimming championships in Istanbul. He won the 200-meter freestyle event and was on the winning 4 x 100 freestyle relay.

Greg Norman withdrew from the Australian PGA because of food poisoning after two holes.

Clint Dempsey was voted the Futbol de Primera U.S. national team player of the year award for the second straight year and third time overall.