Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, with the season's first 2½ months already lost because of the lockout.

George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said Monday that the parties had agreed to use the agency. He assigned three mediators to assist negotiations -- deputy director Scot Beckenbaugh, director of mediation services John Sweeney and Commissioner Guy Serota -- who was removed later in the day because of a Twitter account that may have been tampered with. The sides are to meet separately with the mediators Wednesday.

College basketball

Indiana is still No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll. Duke moved up to take Louisville's old spot at No. 2 after beating the Cardinals in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

  • Stanford remains No. 1 in the AP women's poll, narrowly ahead of Connecticut. The Cardinal took over the top spot last week for the first time in seven years. It had 21 first-place votes Monday, and UConn had 17. Cal rose one spot to No. 10.

  • Louisville announced that junior center Gorgui Dieng is out four to six weeks with a broken left wrist.

    College football

    BYU (7-5) knows it will be facing San Diego State (9-3) in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego next month after the Aztecs accepted a bid.


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  • SMU has accepted an invitation to play in the Hawaii Bowl. SMU will meet a team from the Mountain West on Christmas Eve at Aloha Stadium.

    Boxing

    Robert Guerrero's promoter initiated conversations with Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s representatives with hopes of staging a fight between the pair in the spring. "Interest is there," said Golden Boy Promotions chief executive Richard Schaefer. Gilroy's Guerrero (31-1) produced a stirring unanimous-decision victory over former world welterweight champion Andre Berto on Saturday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

    Baseball

    Tampa Bay's slugging third baseman Evan Longoria and the Rays agreed to a $136.6 million, 10-year contract that adds six guaranteed seasons and $100 million.

  • A full postseason share for the World Series champion Giants was worth a record $377,003, breaking the mark that had stood since the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals. Full playoff shares were worth $34,325 for the A's.

  • The A's have sold infielder Brandon Hicks to the New York Mets.

    Soccer

    Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber says the league is at "the finish line" in negotiations with New York City to acquire land to build a stadium in Queens.

    The Los Angeles Times contributed to this report.