The NHL and NHL Players' Association will meet Tuesday in New York at what appears to be a critical juncture in the labor dispute that began when the league locked players out Sept. 15.

People who are familiar with the talks but are not authorized to comment publicly said players and some influential owners are pressuring their respective negotiators to reach a deal.

The league has canceled the schedule through Nov. 30 -- 26.5 percent of the season -- as well as the Jan. 1 Winter Classic.

Losing more games could damage its prospects for future revenue and alienate more fans.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr are expected to attend the meeting Tuesday, as are about a dozen players and several owners.

Baseball

Giants catcher Buster Posey was named National League comeback player of the year in Players Choice voting announced Monday.

Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera beat out Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Los Angeles Angels rookie Mike Trout for player of the year in the voting by their fellow major leaguers.

  • David Ortiz, the face of the Red Sox since helping Boston end an 86-year World Series drought in 2004, finalized a $26 million, two-year contract, a deal that could be worth up to $30 million if he avoids another significant Achilles tendon injury next year.


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  • Pitcher Bartolo Colon's new $3 million contract with the A's could pay him an additional $1.2 million as a starter. The A.L. West champion A's announced Saturday that they had reached agreement on a one-year deal with the right-hander, who still must sit out the final five games of his 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test.

  • Giving themselves another backup catching option, the New York Yankees have claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the Giants. The 33-year-old was 1 for 11 in 12 games for the Giants this year.

    College football

    Washington State star receiver Marquess Wilson was suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules. Team spokesman Bill Stevens did not say how long the suspension would last or give specifics about why Wilson was punished by first-year coach Mike Leach.

  • Kentucky officials say that fired coach Joker Phillips will be on the sideline for the Wildcats' final two regular season games.

    Tennis

    Top-ranked Novak Djokovic twice landed hard on the court in the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena in London, but it didn't stop him from beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (4), 6-3 and setting up a Wednesday showdown with Group A rival Andy Murray.

    Horse racing

    Havre de Grace sold for $10 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington, Ky., the highest sale price for a horse since 2008. The 2011 Horse of the Year was bought by Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm. The 5-year-old mare was from Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm. She is one of only a handful of horses to ever sell for $10 million or more.

    Miscellany

    Olympic road race champion Alexandre Vinokourov is under investigation for allegedly bribing a rival to fix a race, as ongoing fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping affair threatens to claim another of cycling's biggest names. The International Cycling Union pledged to open its own probe into revived allegations that the London Games gold medalist from Kazakhstan paid off his opponent in a two-man breakaway to ensure he won the 2010 Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic.

  • Jim Flick, a golf instructor for more than 50 years whose clients included Tom Lehman and Jack Nicklaus upon joining the Champions Tour, died of pancreatic cancer, his family said. He was 82.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.