Baseball players and owners have reached a tentative verbal agreement on a five-year labour contract and hope to have a signed deal by next week.
Negotiators reached an understanding when they met late Thursday at the Intercontinental O’hare in Rosemont, Illinois, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement still was being drafted. The sides hope to sign a memorandum of understanding in time to announce the agreement Monday or Tuesday. The last item to fall in place was the luxury tax on high payroll teams.
Saskatchewan’s Jason Ackerman advanced to the final of the 2012 Canadian mixed curling championship with an 8-3 over New Brunswick’s Sylvie Robichaud
on Friday night in Sudbury, Ont. The two skips exchanged singles and were tied 2-2 through five ends of their tiebreaker before Ackerman broke things open with six points on the sixth and seventh ends. A deuce on six gave Ackerman a 4-2 lead and a huge steal of four on seven made it 8-2. Robichaud then added a single to close things out. Ackerman will now meet Alberta’s Kurt Balderston in Saturday’s final. Ackerman and Robichaud both finished the round robin at 9-4, two games behind leader Balderston, who earned a bye into the championship game.
The Blue Jays are bringing back uniforms with a more vintage look,
tweaking its old-school logo, tinkered with the lettering and given the bird head a more stylized look. Players will wear blue hats and blue shoes for all games next season, the team announced Friday. Black jerseys have been shelved in favor of white uniforms at home, light gray on the road and a royal blue alternate jersey. The scripted lettering is gone. The uniforms resemble a version of the jerseys worn when the team won consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.
Matt Kemp and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a $160 million U.S., eight-year contract. The 27-year-old slugger led the NL in homers (39) and RBIS (126), while finishing third in batting average at .324 and stealing 40 bases.
Brad Fritsch of Manotick finished in a five-way tie for sixth place,
three strokes behind leader Andy Bare of West End, North Carolina, after four rounds of a secondstage PGA Tour qualifying event at Mckinney, Texas. Fritsch shot a
70 on Friday that left him at 11-under 277.
The top 21 and ties after Friday’s final round advanced to the final stage of qualifying Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at La Quinta, California.
The Oklahoma State University women’s basketball coach and his assistant were killed when the single-engine plane transporting them on a recruiting trip crashed
in steep terrain in Arkansas, the university said Friday. Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna died in the accident Thursday afternoon in the Winona Wildlife Management Area near Perryville, about 60 kilometres west of Little Rock.
Trish Grey scored 24 points, pacing the Algonquin Thunder (2-1) to a convincing 78-52 win over the Durham Lords in Ontario Colleges Athletic Association East division play in Ottawa on Friday night.
Canada’s long track speed skating team claimed three top-10 finishes Friday in the ISU World Cup season-opener in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
Winnipeg’s Cindy Klassen finished in sixth place in the 3,000 metres with a time of four minutes, 8.60 seconds. Ottawa’s Ivanie Blondin was in 24th spot
with a time of 4:18.01. In the men’s 1,500-metres, Denny
Morrison of Fort St. John, B.C., was the best Canadian taking fifth place in 1:46.83. In the men’s 500-metres, Jamie Gregg of Edmonton was eighth with a time of