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NEW YORK -- NHL players are just a slap shot away from returning to the Olympics next year. Eliaquim Mangala France Jersey . While a deal hasnt been reached yet between the NHL, the union and the International Ice Hockey Federation, to send the leagues players to Sochi, a long meeting Monday pushed the sides much closer to an agreement. "Things are moving along," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. Bettman, union leader Donald Fehr and IIHF President Rene Fasel met for more than five hours Monday at league headquarters to work on a deal that would allow NHL players to compete at the 2014 games in Russia. This would be the fifth Olympics for the NHL. Not everything has been agreed to and the various sides need to meet internally to sign off on any pact. Still, Bettman called Mondays session a "constructive meeting," adding there are still "some Is to dot and Ts to cross." "I think its fair to say that were not quite ready to announce its done," Bettman said. Fasel headed to the airport following the meeting and planned to get together with various international groups beginning on Tuesday. Fehr will brief the players during multiday union executive board meetings next week. "We had a very constructive meeting," Fasel said. "I am very happy and pleased. I have to go back also to my federation and to other national federations, especially back to the IOC, to make a report. I am confident that we will have a solution at the end." When pressed for a timeline to get a deal done, Bettman responded with an emphatic, "Soon. Very soon." "Were on a compact schedule," Bettman added. "Everybody is working very hard and we seem to be pulling the oars in the same direction." The biggest challenge the NHL faces every time the Olympics come is the need to stop the hockey season for several weeks in order for its players to go. That is even more of a factor this time because the Olympics are taking place one year after a lengthy lockout wiped out nearly half of the hockey regular season. While the Olympic exposure is good for the NHL, breaking up another season in February is hardly ideal. Bettman declined to get into specifics of what still needs to be worked out. But it was certainly a positive to see all three men standing side by side outside the NHL offices -- a far cry from last year during the lockout when Bettman and Fehr were on opposite sides and held separate news conferences on the street. Fehr agreed with Bettman this time that only smaller details have to be ironed out before a final deal can be reached. "From my end, while weve made a lot of progress on a lot of issues, there are a few I dots and T crosses to do yet," Fehr said. "We have to turn it into final written documents, and I do have to go back to my executive board. Things are moving along." Fasel, from Switzerland, joked that an agreement could already have been in place if the talks werent held in English. "There are still some language problems to understand. Its not so easy for me," he said. "I would prefer to speak French with my two colleagues. It would be much easier to negotiate with them." Remy Cabella Jersey . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. Michel Platini France Jersey . Catch all the action on TSN2 at 11pm et/8pm pt. The nine-time Big 12 champion Jayhawks are positioning themselves for another title, as they have run out to a flawless 6-0 mark in conference play thus far. . Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesdays 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League.Moncton is hosting its third Touchdown Atlantic CFL game in four years this weekend but something seems to be different about this one, as it might not sell out. Moncton calls itself the "Hub of the Maritimes" and it positions itself as the central meeting place of the Maritimes. Within a few hours from Moncton one can reach Halifax, Fredericton, Saint John and all of PEI.  Add an hour or two, and youre into the state of Maine. But something is missing this year.  There doesnt seem to be the excitement, the hoopla or the drive to make it happen like the previous two times. The previous times were in 2010, when Moncton sold out close to 21,000 seats and the tickets sold out in 32 hours. Edmonton won the game over Toronto, 24-6. A year later, the first none sellout took place when there were 700 seats still available in a matchup with Hamilton and Calgary. The game saw a lot of points scored in a Tiger-Cats 56-36 win over the Stamps. This week, some 1,400 tickets were available for Touchdown Atlantic III and as of Friday night, some 900-1,000 tickets remained. So why isnt this game selling out? Or if it does sell out, why did it take so long? There are several reasons that come to mind. First of all, its no longer the novelty it was in 2010. Secondly, some that I spoke to said "its too bad that Anthony Calvillo of the Als wont be playing." But the biggest factor for the decrease in interest seems to be the fact that the game doesnt have a home team; a real Atlantic franchise. "I love the CFL and my family and I have taken in the first two games but we want to cheer for or own team," said Dave Astle, a strong CFL football fan. "They (CFL) have talked about expansion down here for years; maybe they should do it and well come back - be it in Moncton or anywhere in Atlantic Canada." Asked whether there will be more Touchdown Atlantic games in the future, CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said its too early to say. Mickael Landreau France Jersey. "Well analyze it later and depending on a lot of factors, there may be another game," Cohon said. "But folks have to remember that we are taking a team away from a home date, so the revenue generated from such a game (has to) at least match what a home gate will bring in. So, if revenues are there we might consider other games." Theres still talk about CFL expansion to this part of Canada. Moncton has a leg up on anyone else because they have a stadium. The stadium is under five years old but has to be expanded when the CFL plays.  Seating in the stadium is 10,000 and expansion seats are almost the same amount. Cohon says it would be at least $100,000 to bring the stadium to CFL regulation size. For the first time ever, an elected public figure has come out in favour of a stadium for Halifax. Newly elected Mayor Mike Savage has come out in support and would like to build a facility that could host CFL games. Mind you, Halifax has been down that route before. Remember the 1981 Atlantic Schooners in the days of the late J.I. Albrecht? So, the third Touchdown Atlantic game will be held and Brian Warschick from the Halifax area will take it in.  Hes been to all games. "I love the CFL," said Warschick, who turned 60 this year.  "I grew up on Kenny Ploen, the Bombers and the CFL.  Ill be wearing my Hamilton sweater at the game as they are my second favourite team," he told Warshick went to the first two games with friends but this one is extra special. His son goes to St.FX University and Warshick will be going to Antigonish to pick him up but his son will have on a Montreal Als journey. "It will be a great day, regardless of the outcome," Warshick said. If Touchdown Atlantic had more fans like Brian Warshick, a sellout would not be in doubt. For Im Alex J. Walling Alex J can be reached via email: Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' ' 
SEOUL, South Korea -- Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska rallied from a set down on Sunday to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4 and win the Korea Open. Randy White Cowboys Jersey . Radwanska hit five aces and took advantage of 10 double-faults by the third-seeded Russian player to win her third title of the year and 13th overall. "It was a very close match, tight sets, all of them," Radwanska said. "But I was just a little bit better in the important moments today." Pavlyuchenkova rallied from 3-0 down in the first set and fought off four set points in her 5-6 service game before taking a one-set lead. But the momentum shifted when Radwanska won the first three games of the second set. The Pole stayed on serve with Pavlyuchenkova through the first nine games of the third set before one last break to close out the match in 2 hours, 45 minutes. "Its tough losing this match after fighting so long and coming so close," Pavlyuchenkova said. "Its difficult and frustrating, but in tennis you can be up then down." Radwanskas previous two titles this year came in the first two weeks of the year, in Auckland and Sydney. She is the fourth player to win three or more titles so far this season, after Serena Williams (9), Simona Halep (4) and Victoria Azarenka (3). Radwanska, No. 4 in the world rankings, improved to 3-1 in head-to-head matches against Pavlyuchenkova, who is ranked 32nd. Mike Ditka Bears Jersey . Capitals head coach Adam Oates said Ovechkin was injured in the first period against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday and clarified it was not a head injury. Art Monk Redskins Jersey . According the Toronto Star, a knee injury will keep Sundin out of the lineup, which includes former teammates Gary Roberts, Darcy Tucker, Tie Domi and Curtis Joseph. . Galatasaray said in a statement on its website Monday that Mancini signed a three-year contract and will be paid 3.5 million euros for the upcoming season, with his salary upped to 4.Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce feels the pressure is on them and not opponents Leicester going into their Super Sunday clash at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats have drawn their last four matches in a row and go into the weekend four points behind Norwich, who play Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Ed Chamberlin and Paul Merson look ahead to Super Sunday as leaders Leicester travel to Sunderland and Tottenham entertain Manchester United In contrast, Leicester are top of the table and pushing for their first Premier League title. Allardyce described their rise from relegation candidates last season to contenders this as Roy of the Rovers stuff, but he still feels his side has what it takes to defeat them.I hope we can perform this week like we did the last. Hopefully that will be enough to bring us our biggest three points of the season against the side at the top of the league who deserve to be where they are, he said.It would only be their fourth defeat. Hopefully we can be clinical enough. We are capable of doing it, I feel. Its Roy of the Rovers stuff for those that are old like me who remember Roy of the Rovers. Its a fairytale. After our game, I hope they continue to go on and win. But I hope we can stop them in their tracks first.Theres a lot more pressure on us than them, theres no doubt about that, with the position were in. Weve been able to handle that pressure very well in performance terms.Its a much bigger game for us than them on the basis of our Premier League status. It would still be an outstanding season if they finished second and not first.Its been interesting to see theyve mastered change of the tactics as the seasons gone on. When I was watching them in the early part they were much more open and counter attacking, which brought them lots of goals and comebacks. Charlie Nicholas reflects on Sunderlands draw with West Brom Now theyve mastered the way the opposition have set themselves upp against them, dropping deeper and not allowing the space. Terrell Davis Broncos Jersey. . Theyve still managed to break them down for the all-important 1-0s. The clean sheet ratio is fantastic too and thats why theyre at the top.If we are going to beat them we cant afford to miss the chances we had last week [when they drew 0-0 with West Brom], nor the chances Southampton made against them last week.Thats going to be very important for us. We have to try and be the team that scores first. When they score first, they are very difficult to break down. Theyre magnificent defensively.Allardyce and his coaching staff took the squad training on Sunderlands beaches this week and he felt altering their routine was helpful. Theres a lot more pressure on us than them, theres no doubt about that, with the position were in. Sam Allardyce A change of scenery is something we thought we needed. Although we have a fantastic facility here, you can get cocooned in it sometimes, he added.A fresh outlook was needed and quite a lot of our fans walking along didnt expect it and enjoyed watching, as did the players.The wet sand was actually a perfect surface for the players. The only thing we were missing was a good packet of fish and chips, which they cant have now. We could, but they cant.The Sunderland squad were also joined in training by their U8s side this week, who helped add an extra dimension to proceedings. Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce found their 0-0 draw against West Brom tough to take after a team display he described as magnificent The U8s were absolutely tremendous. There were such a lot of great little characters, who were not shy about telling the players what some of their dads had said about them, which was quite funny, said Allardyce.Its a huge commitment [to develop young players] but we take it upon ourselves that its the only way we can develop top level footballers now.But it needs a big effort from everybody and most importantly from the parents and the youngsters themselves. We try and make it as enjoyable as possible and training with the first team certainly sent them all home happy.Watch Sunderland v Leicester on Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports 1 HD at 12:30pm, followed on the same channel by Tottenham v Manchester United at 3:30pm.By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. 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