Just over a week since the last set of failed negotiations, the NHL and the locked-out Players Association are returning to the bargaining table Monday in New York. Conversations that restarted Friday between NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr produced enough positive feeling Saturday for the sides to set up another face-to-face meeting that the sides hope will lead to an agreement to save the season. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to union executive director Donald Fehr on Thursday that the sides take two weeks off from negotiations. The union maintained its desire to keep talking, and now bargaining is back on . . . Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will be out 6-8 months following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Cowen, 21, played in all 82 games for Ottawa last season as a rookie.
Jimenez, Campbell tied after 3 rounds
Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 2-under-par 68 to share the third-round lead with Michael Campbell at the Hong Kong Open. Campbell made a 15-foot par putt on the last hole to complete a round of 69 that put him at 10-under 200. Jimenez had a scare during his round when he accidentally knocked his ball off the tee at the par-4 10th hole while taking a practice swing. The 2005 US Open champion avoided a two-stroke penalty after a ruling that he had not addressed the ball and was not in breach of the rules. Matteo Manassero shot a 64 for a share of third place at 9 under with Lian-wei Zhang (69) . . . Henrik Stenson shot a 69 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the European Tour’s South African Open in Johannesburg despite George Coetzee shooting a course-record 63. Stenson was at 16-under 200. Coetzee and Magnus Carlsson were three shots back . . . Defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under 64 for a three-round total of 13-under 203 and a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott (67) after the third round of the Australian Masters in Melbourne . . . US Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi fired a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA Titleholders in Naples, Fla. Choi was at 12-under 204, one shot ahead of Ai Miyazato (71).
Czech Republic leads Davis Cup final
The Czech Republic won the doubles match in Prague to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup final, moving one victory away from its first title as an independent nation. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek rallied to beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3, to take the edge going into Sunday’s reverse singles. The sixth-ranked Berdych can clinch the best-of-five series in the first reverse singles with a victory over David Ferrer. Spain is looking for its fourth title in five years, while the Czechs’ only victory came in 1980 as Czechoslovakia, which split in 1993.
Maryland, Rutgers eye Big Ten move
A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that Maryland and Rutgers are in discussions with the Big Ten to possibly join the conference in 2014. The person said Maryland would have to be ‘‘the first domino to fall,’’ but added that an agreement could be reached this week for both schools. The Big Ten has 12 members after adding Nebraska last season . . . Oklahoma State’s top-ranked men and Oregon’s women won NCAA cross-country titles in Louisville, Ky. . . . Britain’s Carl Froch (30-2) stopped American Yusaf Mack (33-5) in the third round to retain the IBF super middleweight title in Nottingham, England . . . Fall River native Tom Lawlor lost his middleweight fight with Francis Carmont by split decision at UFC 154 in Montreal . . . Goldencents, partially owned by Rick Pitino, led from start to finish in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot in Vinton, La. Goldencents beat Bern Identity by 1¾ lengths in the field of nine 2-year-olds . . . Closing in on a third straight world title, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel secured pole position for the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. If Vettel wins Sunday, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso must finish no worse than fourth to force the championship into the final race next week in Brazil . . . Alexandr Zubkov won the World Cup four-man bobsled event in Park City, Utah, depriving Steven Holcomb of a sweep on his home course. Holcomb won gold in two-man bobsled Friday . . . American Ashley Wagner and Japan’s Takahito Mura won gold at the Trophee Bompard figure skating event in Paris.