'No conclusion' to NHLNHLPA meeting with mediators


'No conclusion' to NHLNHLPA meeting with mediators

The NHL and NHLPA met with federal mediators for a second time on Wednesday, and it appears no progress was made once again. That makes the mediators 0-for-2, or 0-for-3 if you also consider they failed to save Twinkies and a whole array of Hostess products last month.
An NHL contingent consisting of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and a team of lawyers met with mediators in one separate room, and 13 NHL players along with Steve Fehr and Donald Fehr met in a different conference room while going over the last few weeks of negotiations.
The two parties, along with the federal mediators, were tracked down in Iselin, New Jersey by dogged members of the hockey media, but there wasnt much to say after the day of meetings had concluded. Daly told reporters there was no conclusion to the mediation process as the NHLPA held discussions among their membership on Wednesday night, but it didnt appear things had changed from last week.
The NHLPA was supposed to get in touch with mediators after discussion among their membership, and the mediators would then get in touch with the NHL if there was reason for further dialogue.
The players were reportedly asked if they would accept the NHLs offer from last week that included a 300 million make whole provision along with a 10-year CBA, five-year contract term limits and strict five percent variances on year-to-year contracts to eliminate back-diving deals. The NHL, however, was quick to say that didnt mean their previous offer was back on the table after Bettman yanked it off during his fire-and-brimstone address with the media last week.
There were discussions of the various issues involved and how far apart we are and where we go from here, said Fehr to reporters following the day of meetings with mediators. I cant tell you that any progress was made.
So instead the lockout will roll into Day No. 89 on Thursday with a possibility that the NHL and NHLPA will meet to continue hammering away at an impasse that both sides dont seem willing to budge from. Or another possibility that they wont meet and will instead push things to next week as the clock ticks loudly on the ultimate fate of the 2012-13 NHL regular season.

Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer


Kevin Walsh: An unforgettable encounter with Arnold Palmer

With the passing of Arnold Palmer, CSN's Kevin Walsh looks back on an unforgettable encounter he had with the golf legend

It was May 2000.  I had just finished playing golf at Pebble Beach.  I walked out of the clubhouse and a Lincoln Town Car pulled up to the putting green, Arnold Palmer hopped out. It was as if he’d fallen out of the sky. 

I had my tape recorder with me and asked if I could ask him a few questions about being a caddy in his younger years in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. 

“Yes, but I have only about five minutes,” he said.

I was very nervous and having trouble putting the cassette tape into the recorder.  He eventually took it out of my hands and did it for me. 

My nerves were gone.

So we’re talking and the door to The Lodge bursts open and a guy yells “Hey Arnold!  We’re in the bar having a beer!”

“Well,” Arnold yells back, “Order me one!”

Arnold was hard of hearing.  He saddled up next to me, and tilted his head so I could talk right into his ear. I couldn’t believe I was talking directly into Arnold Palmer’s ear. He was practically stepping on my feet. He wore tiny hearing aids that were only visible if you were as close as I was.

After ten minutes of talking, I reminded him that he had friends waiting, and a beer that was probably warm by that time.  He wanted to make sure that I had enough.  I did and I was beaming.  I’m not sure my feet touched the ground on the walk back to the car.  

Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87


Golf legend Arnold Palmer passes away at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, "The King," died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems.

Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his seven major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and go-for-broke manner made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity.

Beyond his golf, Palmer was a pioneer in sports marketing, paving the way for scores of other athletes to reap in millions from endorsements. Some four decades after his last PGA Tour win, he ranked among the highest-earners in golf.

On the golf course, Palmer was an icon not for how often he won, but the way he did it.