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Briefs: NHL, union to resume talks


League, union to talk again

The NHL and the players association agreed Monday to resume talks Tuesday in Manhattan. The sides talked Saturday, but before that, they hadn't met since Oct. 18. The lockout entered its 51st day Monday. So far, 327 scheduled regular-season games have been called off.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players association special counsel Steve Fehr got together Saturday after talking on the phone several times during the week and reaching enough common ground to make Saturday's meeting possible.


Murray, Djokovic advance

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray won their opening matches at the ATP finals in London. Top-ranked Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in Group A, hours after third-ranked Murray rallied to defeat Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Djokovic and Murray play each other Wednesday. The ATP finals is the season-ending tournament for the top eight players. Group B, led by Roger Federer, will play Tuesday.


Cabrera voted top player

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera has beaten out Pittsburgh centerfielder Andrew McCutchen and Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout for player of the year as voted on by their fellow major leaguers.

Cabrera, the first Triple Crown winner in the big leagues since 1967, hit .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs for the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers.

Retiring Atlanta third baseman Chipper Jones was voted Marvin Miller man of the year for excellence on and off the field over finalists Paul Konerko of the Chicago White Sox and Michael Young of Texas in Players Choice voting,

Other awards went to Cabrera (AL outstanding player), McCutchen (NL outstanding player), Tampa Bay's David Price (AL outstanding pitcher) and the Mets' R.A. Dickey (NL outstanding pitcher). Trout and Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier were voted the outstanding rookies, and Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox and San Francisco's Buster Posey were chosen comeback players of the year. Voting took place in September.

Mabry replaces McGwire

The Cardinals have promoted John Mabry to hitting coach to replace Mark McGwire, who told St. Louis he won't return after three seasons and appears headed to the Dodgers . . . . Former Texas, Philadelphia and Cleveland manager Pat Corrales, 71, has been hired as a special assistant to Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. Corrales was the first major-league manager of Mexican-American descent.


Flick dies of cancer

Jim Flick, a golf instructor for more than 50 years whose clients included Tom Lehman and Jack Nicklaus upon joining the Champions Tour, died of pancreatic cancer in Carlsbad, Calif., his family said. He was 82. Flick taught golf in 23 countries, directed programs such as Golf Digest's Schools and ESPN Golf Schools and wrote five books on golf.-- AP

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