Sports in Brief: As Sept. 15 nears, no progress in NHL talks

Posted: September 06, 2012

NHL labor talks remained in recess Wednesday, five days after negotiations broke down and 10 days before the league has threatened to lock out its players.

There has been no word from either the NHL or the NHL Players' Association as to when negotiations will resume. The current deal is set to expire Sept. 15. Talks broke off Friday after the two sides traded counteroffers.

The Ottawa Senators signed center Zack Smith to a four-year extension worth $7.55 million.

AUTO RACING: Sports-car racing in North America is getting a makeover. Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series announced a merger that will make them one series beginning in 2014. Grand-Am founder Jim France and ALMS founder Don Panoz said in a joint statement at Daytona International Speedway that the new series will start with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 and likely include 12 races.

PARALYMPICS:Oscar Pistorius captured his first gold medal of the London Paralympics, helping South Africa win the 400-meter relay in a world-record time at the Olympic Stadium. The double amputee anchored the team with a time of 41.78 seconds. South Africa set the previous record at 42.50 in February.

Former Formula One driver Alex Zanardi took the Paralympic gold medal in paracycling - a hand cycle powered by the arms - at the Brands Hatch racetrack in London, posting a time of 24 minutes, 50.22 seconds. The victory capped an incredible journey for the 45-year-old, who almost died after losing his legs in a horrific accident at a 2001 CART race in Germany.

"It's an amazing feeling," a clearly exuberant Zanardi said.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Injured quarterback Connor Shaw was back at practice for No. 9 South Carolina. Shaw sustained a deep bone bruise in his throwing shoulder in last Thursday's 17-13 victory at Vanderbilt. He hadn't practiced since the game, and coach Steve Spurrier said his status for Saturday's home opener against East Carolina (1-0) was wait-and-see.

SOCCER: Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer and Union Academy member Zackary Steffen have been added to the U.S. under-18 men's national team for an 11-day training camp Sept. 6-17 in Mill, Netherlands. The squad is scheduled to play an international friendly against the Netherlands on Sept. 11 in Groesbeek, Netherlands.

Around 300 people stormed the headquarters of Egypt's Football Association in Cairo to protest a decision to resume the country's league games next month before bringing perpetrators of a deadly stadium riot to justice. Several security officials are among those facing trial in connection to the 74 people killed in rioting after a local football match in the city of Port Said in February. The federation shut down the league after the riot.

Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez has finally completed his move to Manchester United, two weeks after being granted a work permit to join the Premier League giants. Henriquez, who joins from Universidad de Chile and hasn't yet played for his country, will initially be used in the reserves or the under-21 team but could be given a run-out for the first team in League Cup matches.

- Staff and wire reports

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