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By krstking2 on Aug 07, 2014 01:06 AM
RIMOUSKI, Que. LeBron James Kids Jersey . - Patrick Zdrahal scored a goal and assisted on two more, and Philippe Desrosiers stopped 31 shots as the Rimouski Oceanic blanked the Victoriaville Tigres 5-0 in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action on Monday. Loic Leduc, Brent Turnbull, and Felix-Antoine Savage also scored for Rimouski (34-15-7) while Michael Joly recorded his 37th goal of the season on a short-handed shot. Jimmy Oligny added two assists as the Oceanic picked up their fifth straight victory. Francois Tremblay started in net for Victoriaville (29-21-6), but left the game after allowing five goals on 29 shots through 51:22. Brandon Whitney stopped all four shots he faced in relief. Jean-Francois Plante led the Tigres in shots on goal with five. Kyrie Irving Gold Jersey . Beirnes added two assists and picked up seven loose balls in the 16-12 win over the Knighthawks. Edmonton defenceman Kyle Rubisch is the defensive player of the week after collecting three assists, 11 loose balls and forcing five turnovers to help the Rush defeat Philadelphia 12-10 on Friday. Kyrie Irving Cavaliers Jersey . - Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday this time because of the weather, not his back.DALLAS -- Repeating the words several times, David Stern made it clear: NBA owners and players are "very far apart" on a new labour deal. And with the union saying the league hasnt moved off its harshest demands, it may be hard to get closer in time to prevent a lockout. "I think one of the owners indicated at the conclusion of todays meeting that he was very pessimistic as to whether or not theyd be able to reach an accord between now and the end of the month, and Im forced to share that sentiment," union executive director Billy Hunter said Wednesday. "I think maybe its going to be a difficult struggle." Representatives of the owners and players completed a second day of meetings, scheduled two more for next week, and expressed hope that continued dialogue before the June 30 expiration of the collective bargaining agreement could head off a work stoppage. Yet the players reiterated their opposition to a hard salary cap, reduction in contract lengths and the amount for which they could be guaranteed, and said owners havent budged on their desire for all three. "No change at all. What has changed is maybe the mechanism, the system somewhat in maybe how we get there. We tossed around some ideas in that regard, but there is no hiding the fact that the main components of what we originally received in their proposal have not changed at all," union president Derek Fisher of the Lakers said. "So from that standpoint, there hasnt been much of a negotiation because that really hasnt changed." Owners are seeking an overhaul of the system after losses of hundreds of millions of dollars annually during the current CBA, which was ratified in 2005. They believe they could get the relief they seek through a hard cap that would replace the current soft cap system that allows teams to exceed the limit under certain exceptions. "We do not believe that a hard salary cap system is something that is good for basketball," Fisher said. The sides met for four hours Wednesday after a meeting that lasted about 5 1/2 hours Tuesday. They will meet again next Tuesday in MMiami if there is a Game 7 of the NBA finals, or otherwise in New York, then sit down again Friday in New York. Authentic LeBron James Jersey. . Stern said each side exchanged new proposals during the sessions, but used the term "far apart" five times in about 8 1/2 minutes to describe where things stand. Hunter said they are "miles apart." "Both sides have moved, but were not anyplace close to a deal," Stern said. Despite the players opposition to the hard cap, Hunter said he believed the biggest issue is the division of revenues. Players are guaranteed 57 per cent, and he believes owners want a system that guarantees each profits by millions. "We dont necessarily feel its the employees responsibility to guarantee that," Fisher said. The league is projecting leaguewide losses of about US$300 million and wants a reduction in player salary costs of about $750 million annually. Players have argued the system largely works and owners can help themselves with expanded revenue sharing. Neither side would offer specifics of the proposals, beyond Hunter saying the owners wanted a 10-year deal. He thought the league may eventually move on the hard cap issue, recalling that it eventually did in 1998 -- but only after losing games for the only time. "We were here in 98 and they wanted a hard cap and it was only on the eve of losing the season that we were then able to strike a compromise," Hunter said. "Were hoping it doesnt go that far this time, but were still waiting." Hunter said he has guaranteed in writing that players wont strike, but Fisher said owners have told them they will be locked out if they dont agree on the three central issues. Both sides said they are willing to keep meeting right up to the deadline, and it will take at least that long with the differences in their positions. "As of right now they dont add up," Stern said. "Im not proceeding on the projection that they wont, but thats certainly possible and I think that both sides recognize that the outcome of no deal would not be a good outcome and so we continue to plot away. ' ' '
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