NHL, players reach tentative deal; ratification would end lockout

This photo combo shows NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman,

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This photo combo shows NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, left, talking to the media in Toronto on Aug. 23, 2012. At right is Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, speaking to the media on Nov. 9, 2012 in New York. The NHL and the players' association said they reached a tentative agreement to end a nearly four-month-old lockout that threatened to wipe out the season. (Credit: AP)

At 6 a.m. Sunday, the glare of the lights in the Paris Room of the Sofitel Hotel in midtown Manhattan was reflected in the weary eyes of several NHL players who are far more comfortable with firing pucks than debating pensions.

It was hardly a post-party scene, but rather the winding down of a 16-hour negotiating session that apparently ended a 113-day lockout with the framework of a 10-year...

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