The NHL and NHL Players' Association will meet Tuesday in New York at what appears to be a critical juncture in the labor dispute that began when the league locked players out Sept. 15.
People who are familiar with the talks but are not authorized to comment publicly said players and some influential owners are pressuring their respective negotiators to reach a deal.
The league has canceled the schedule through Nov. 30 -- 26.5 percent of the season -- as well as the Jan. 1 Winter Classic.
Losing more games could damage its prospects for future revenue and alienate more fans.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr are expected to attend the meeting Tuesday, as are about a dozen players and several owners.
Giants catcher Buster Posey was named National League comeback player of the year in Players Choice voting announced Monday.
Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera beat out Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout for player of the year in the voting by their fellow major leaguers.
Washington State star receiver Marquess Wilson was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Team spokesman Bill Stevens did not say how long the suspension would last or give specifics about why Wilson was punished by first-year coach Mike Leach.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic twice landed hard on the court in the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London, but it didn't stop him from beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4), 6-3 and setting up a Wednesday showdown with Group A rival Andy Murray.
Havre de Grace sold for $10 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington, Ky., the highest sale price for a horse since 2008. The 2011 Horse of the Year was bought by Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm. The 5-year-old mare was from Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm. She is one of only a handful of horses to ever sell for $10 million or more.
Olympic road race champion Alexandre Vinokourov is under investigation for allegedly bribing a rival to fix a race, as ongoing fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping affair threatens to claim another of cycling's biggest names. The International Cycling Union pledged to open its own probe into revived allegations that the London Games gold medalist from Kazakhstan paid off his opponent in a two-man breakaway to ensure he won the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.