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NHL

With no talks scheduled, NHL lockout reaches Day 37

Date: Monday, Oct. 22.

Day: 37.

Last Negotiations: Thursday, Oct. 18, at NHLPA headquarters in Toronto.

Next Negotiations: No talks have been scheduled.

Games Lost: 135 (all games through Nov. 1).

Still No Talks: Another day passed without any progress to break a stalemate in labor talks, with the NHL having set Thursday as a deadline to preserve an 82-game season. “(I’m) not sure there is any reason to meet if there is nothing new to say,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to The Canadian Press on Monday. “If (the NHL Players’ Association) have a desire to meet with regard to the proposal we have on the table, they know how to reach us.”

What We Missed: Three games were on tap, all involving extensive travel by the visiting teams, with Vancouver at Detroit, Florida at the New York Islanders, and Nashville out west to play Anaheim.

MLB

Red Sox hope their fortunes improve under John Farrell

BOSTON – Larry Lucchino cracked open a fortune cookie from the Chinese dinner that Red Sox officials and John Farrell shared during their final discussion about Boston’s managerial job.

The message inside drew a chuckle from the team’s president.

“One that I opened after everyone left was quite interesting,” Lucchino said Tuesday. “It said, ‘You will solve a major problem that’s very important to you.’”

Two days after announcing the hiring of Farrell, their pitching coach from 2007-10, the Red Sox introduced him at a news conference. He succeeds Bobby Valentine, who was fired after one year and a 69-93 record.

With 3 years and $7.5M left, Marlins fire Ozzie Guillen

MIAMI – Ozzie Guillen was fired Tuesday after one year as manager of the last-place Miami Marlins, whose promising season began to derail in April when his laudatory comments about Fidel Castro caused a backlash.

Miami’s next manager will be the fifth for owner Jeffrey Loria since early 2010. Two managers he fired – Joe Girardi and the New York Yankees and Fredi Gonzalez and the Atlanta Braves – made the playoffs this year. The Marlins still owe Guillen $7.5 million for the three years remaining on his contract.

Auto Racing

Earnhardt Jr. practices, then is cleared to keep Chasin’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was cleared Tuesday for this weekend’s race at Martinsville Speedway after missing the last two weeks to recover from a pair of concussions.

NASCAR’s most popular driver was examined by neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty one day after he ran 123 laps at half-mile Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga. Petty monitored Earnhardt during Monday’s test at Gresham.

The injury snapped Earnhardt’s streak of 461 consecutive starts, the fifth-longest active streak in the Sprint Cup Series, and it ended his shot to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Golf

The alternate has 2-shot lead at the Grand Slam of Golf

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – Padraig Harrington, a playoff loser the two times he qualified for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, gave himself a chance Tuesday to win as an alternate.

Harrington made seven birdies for a 5-under 66 at Port Royal to take a two-shot lead over Masters champion Bubba Watson going into the final round of the 36-hole exhibition for the year’s four major champions.

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson had a 69. Keegan Bradley, who replaced PGA champion Rory McIlroy, rounded out the four-man field with a 72.

Harrington was asked three days ago to fill in for British Open champion Ernie Els, who has a minor ankle injury.

Associated Press