NHL REJECTS PLAYERS' ATTEMPT TO RESTART TALKS: NEW YORK (AP) — The little hope that existed for a full NHL season appears to be gone.
Shortly after the players' reached out to the league on Tuesday night to restart stalled labor negotiations, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly rebuffed the union's attempt.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said last week, in presenting the league's most recent offer to the players, that if a new collective bargaining agreement wasn't reached by this Thursday, it would be impossible for a full regular-season schedule to be played.
No talks have been scheduled, and no last-minute discussions seem to be on tap.
GUILLEN FIRED AS MANAGER OF LAST-PLACE MARLINS: MIAMI (AP) — The lingering backlash caused by Ozzie Guillen's praise of Fidel Castro contributed to another Miami Marlins managerial shakeup Tuesday.
Guillen was fired after only one year with the team, undone by too many losses and one too many ill-advised remarks.
A promising season began to derail in April with his laudatory comments about Cuba's former leader. Six months later, the episode was a factor in the decision to fire Guillen, Marlins officials said.
"Let's face it. It was not a positive for the team; it was not a positive for Ozzie," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "It was a disappointment, no doubt about it."
A lousy team didn't help, either. The Marlins took high hopes into their new ballpark following an offseason spending spree but finished last in the NL East at 69-93, their worst record since 1999.
Miami's next manager will be the fifth for owner Jeffrey Loria since early 2010. The latest change comes even though Marlins still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.
HALL OF FAME CATCHER FISK CHARGED WITH DUI: NEW LENOX, Ill. (AP) — Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk faces charges of driving under the influence and other misdemeanors after being found asleep in his pickup truck in a cornfield, police in suburban Chicago said Tuesday.
New Lenox Deputy Chief Robert Pawlisz said officers found Fisk, 64, behind the wheel late Monday with an open bottle of vodka on the truck's floor.
"He was behind the wheel unconscious," Pawlisz said.
QUERREY OF US BEATS LOPEZ AT VALENCIA OPEN: VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Sam Querrey of the United States defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 7-6 (4) Tuesday at the Valencia Open.
Top-seeded David Ferrer edged Olivier Rochus 7-5, 7-5 to reach the second round. Rochus saved five break points before succumbing to Ferrer on serve in the 10th game of the second set. The fifth-ranked Spaniard won despite 42 unforced errors.
Nicolas Almagro stopped Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-3, 7-6 (4) to help his chances of reaching the ATP World Tour Finals. He'll play Querrey next.