The NHL's lawsuit against its players was assigned to a relatively new federal judge who is a longtime New York Yankees fan and a former federal prosecutor.
The sides did not talk Sunday, the 92d day of a lockout that threatens to wipe out an entire NHL season for the second time in nine years. NHL players started voting on whether to have their union give up collective bargaining rights, a "disclaimer of interest" that could be a precursor to an antitrust suit.
The league argued in a 43-page suit Friday in federal court in Manhattan that the union's actions were a bargaining maneuver and asked that the lockout be declared legal. The case was assigned to U.S. District Court Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, 51, who joined the bench in July 2011. Engelmayer spent a year between college and graduate school as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He had two stints in the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.
COLLEGES: Michigan coach Brady Hoke suspended cornerback J.T. Floyd, punter Will Hagerup, and linebacker Brandin Hawthorne for a violation of unspecified team rules. They will not travel with the 19th-ranked Wolverines for the Outback Bowl against No. 11 South Carolina in Tampa, Fla.
North Carolina State hired former Cleveland Browns receiver Frisman Jackson to coach receivers for the Wolfpack.
Iowa and Ohio State each won a pair of duals as 14 teams competed in what organizers said was the first collegiate wrestling competition in the history of New York's Madison Square Garden.
SOCCER: Brazil's Corinthians ended Europe's five-year winning streak in the Club World Cup, beating Chelsea, 1-0, in Yokohama, Japan, behind Paolo Guerrero's goal off a scramble in the 69th minute.
AC Milan midfielder Antonio Nocerino dedicated his goal in a 4-1 home win over Pescara to the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut.
SWIMMING: Ryan Lochte won two races in the short-course world championships in Istanbul, Turkey, finishing the event with six gold medals and one silver. Lochte won the 100-meter individual medley in 51.21 seconds, then joined the U.S. team of Matthew Grevers, Kevin Cordes, and Thomas Shields to win the 4x100 medley relay in 3 minutes, 21.03 seconds.
GOLF: Charl Schwartzel coasted to a 12-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour in Malelane, South Africa. He won by 11 last week in Thailand.
Australasian Tour rookie Daniel Popovic, who nearly quit golf this year to care for his ailing father, completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Australian PGA in Coolum.
WINTER SPORTS: American Ted Ligety cruised to his third giant-slalom win of the season with a two-run combined time of 2:37.27 in Alta Badia, Italy.
Slovenian Tina Maze won her fourth consecutive GS race to extend her overall World Cup lead. American Lindsey Vonn, the defending champion, failed to finish in Courchevel, France.
- Associated Press