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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

35.25.

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