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NHLPA to begin lockout pay to players

The Associated Press
| Thursday, November 25, 2004 12:00 a.m

TORONTO — The NHL players’ association will begin issuing lockout pay to more than 730 players.

Payments will start this month, and players will get $10,000 each for November and another $10,000 for December, with subsequent monthly payments varying between $5,000 or $10,000, The Canadian Press reported.

“As a result of the ongoing owners’ lockout, the NHLPA executive committee has announced a player stipend plan which consists of an initial 24-month schedule and monthly payments for over 730 locked-out players,” Ted Saskin, NHLPA senior director, said in a statement released to The Canadian Press. “Each locked-out NHLPA member receives the same monthly payments.”

Players usually get paid during the regular season. They have missed three paychecks since the lockout began in early September.

The league and the union haven’t held bargaining talks since Sept. 9 in Toronto. The lockout is 70 days old, and 282 games have been missed.

More than 200 NHL players have joined European teams during the lockout.


Organizers of the 2006 Turin Olympics made two key appointments Wednesday while approval of the budget was put off for a month. Mario Pescante, the new government-appointed supervisor of the Turin Games, and Turin Mayor Sergio Chiamparino were placed on the 11-member executive board of the committee. The power-sharing move is aimed at easing the political turf battles that have marked preparations for the Winter Games, which begin in less than 15 months, on Feb. 10, 2006. The board postponed until Dec. 21 approval of the Olympics’ provisional budget.

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  • A soccer fan was banned from matches for five years and fined 1,000 pounds ($1,878) after admitting he racially abused Birmingham City player Dwight Yorke during an English Premiership match Sunday, a spokeswoman for Blackburn Magistrates Court said. Blackburn Rovers fan Jason Perryman, 22, from Chorley, Lancashire, will also pay 75 pounds in costs after admitting racially aggravated disorderly behavior. A second man arrested yesterday, David Ashcroft, 21, of Leyland, Lancashire, denied using racial abuse and has had a pre-trial review adjourned, the spokeswoman said.


    Defending champion France and Russia easily won opening singles matches yesterday to take 2-0 leads in the Fed Cup semifinals. France’s Nathalie Dechy defeated Spain’s Maria Sanchez Lorenzo 6-2, 6-4, after Tatiana Golovin won the opener, 6-3, 6-3, over Anabel Medina Garrigues. In the second semifinal at the top team event in women’s tennis, U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia defeated Yvonnes Meusburger of Austria 6-1, 6-1, and French Open champion Anastasia Myskina routed Patricia Wartusch, 6-0, 6-0. The best-of-five semifinals resume today with singles and doubles. The finals are this weekend. Russia has reached Fed Cup finals four times but never won.

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