The NHL and the NHL Players Association negotiated Saturday for the first time since Oct. 18. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr agreed to meet at a secret location. The two had been talking by phone during the week and found enough common ground to meet. The hope of a full season being played is already gone, and if progress isn’t made soon, the NHL could be looking at its second lost campaign since 2004; 327 games have been canceled, including the Winter Classic. In its most recent proposal, the NHL offered the union a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue, which exceeded $3 billion last season, but that was rejected. The players responded with three offers that went nowhere.
Aviles traded before playing for Jays
The Cleveland Indians traded righthander Esmil Rogers to Toronto for infielders Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes. Aviles, the former Red Sox shortstop, never got a chance to play for Toronto. He was acquired Oct. 21 in a deal that allowed John Farrell to become Boston’s manager . . . All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera, a free agent, told the Yankees that he plans to pitch for them next year. Rivera, who turns 43 this month, tore a ligament in his right knee in early May while shagging fly balls during batting practice and missed the rest of the season . . . The Athletics re-signed suspended pitcher Bartolo Colon, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract. Colon, 39, was suspended 50 games on Aug. 22 after testing positive for testosterone. The ban will run five games into the 2013 season . . . Police in the Dominican Republic said they arrested three men suspected of killing former major league pitcher Pascual Perez during a home robbery. Police said one suspect confessed that he and four others sought to steal his $2,400 monthly pension from Major League Baseball. Police said they have identified the two other suspects, who remain fugitives. Police said Perez had been hit repeatedly with a hammer. One suspect was arrested after police said he sold one of Perez’s cellphones for $6.25.
Lakers’ Nash to miss at least a week
Guard Steve Nash has a small fracture in his left leg and will be out of the Lakers lineup for at least another week. Nash got hurt in a collision with Portland rookie Damian Lillard Wednesday . . . Brandon Rush’s season is over after two games, as an MRI revealed a torn ACL in his left knee and he will need surgery. The Warriors forward landed awkwardly while being fouled on a dunk attempt in Golden State’s loss to Memphis Friday . . . Hawks forward Josh Smith will miss Sunday’s game at the Thunder because of a right ankle sprain. There was no mention of the injury after Smith played in the Hawks’ season-opening loss to Houston Friday . . . Hornets coach Monty Williams blasted the NBA’s protocols for determining when a player can return from a concussion after Anthony Davis suffered one in Friday’s game against Utah. Williams said the league is treating ‘‘everybody like they have white gloves and pink drawers.’’ Davis must complete a series of tests to determine when he can play.
Qualifier Janowicz reaches Paris final
Jerzy Janowicz became the first qualifier in eight years to reach the Paris Masters final after beating Gilles Simon, 6-4, 7-5. Janowicz will face David Ferrer, who outlasted Michael Llodra, 7-5, 6-3 . . . Caroline Wozniacki reached the Tournament of Champions final in Sofia, Bulgaria, after beating Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-4, 6-1. She will play Nadia Petrova, who defeated Roberta Vinci, 6-7 (8-10), 6-1, 6-4 . . . The Czech Republic is one win away from retaining the Fed Cup after Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova won the opening singles in straight sets against Serbia in Prague. Safarova defeated Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 6-3, and Kvitova beat Jelena Jankovic, 6-4, 6-1. Kvitova can clinch the title Sunday in the first reverse singles match against Ivanovic.
Eagles’ Patterson to play vs. Saints
Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson has been activated off the reserve/non-football illness list and is ready to play against the New Orleans Saints Monday for the first time since having brain surgery 10 months ago. Patterson suffered a seizure at practice on Aug. 3, 2011, and was diagnosed with a congenital condition in which blood travels abnormally between the arteries and veins . . . Lindsey Vonn’s request to compete in the men’s World Cup downhill race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Nov. 24 has been rejected by the International Ski Federation. The FIS council met in Oberhofen, Switzerland, and ‘‘confirmed that one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other.’’ . . . Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch is stepping down, just days after the club ended its MLS expansion season with a 12-16-6 record. . . Milt Campbell, the first African American to win the Olympic decathlon in 1956, died Friday in Gainesville, Ga., after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 78.