Surprising twist in NHL labor talks

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Surprising twist in NHL labor talks

From Comcast SportsNetTORONTO (AP) -- The NHL and its players' union are to resume bargaining Friday for the first time since the lockout began, although the talks will concentrate on secondary economic issues.Deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players' Association special counsel Steve Fehr met Tuesday in Toronto and set up the session, which will be in New York. These will be the first formal negotiations since Sept. 12, when the players and owners exchanged proposals.The lockout started Sept. 16, when training camps were to open. This is the third lockout since Gary Bettman became commissioner in 1993. The last lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season and ended when players accepted a salary cap.With the league and union far apart on money, both sides decided to discuss other economic issues that also are necessary for an agreement. Fehr said the topics will include pension and medical plans, schedule rules, drug testing and the grievance procedure.Top officials from the NHL and NHLPA met Monday to review last season's economics and complete escrow payments due players. The labor contract was not discussed."Obviously, we've got to talk before you can get a deal, so I think it's important to get the talks going again," Daly said Monday. "But you also have to have something to say. I think it's fair to say we feel like we need to hear from the players' association in a meaningful way because I don't think that they've really moved off their initial proposal, which was made more than a month ago now."The St. Louis Blues laid off what is believed to just under 20 front-office workers, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday. The Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators already have had layoffs. Other teams have said they could do so depending on how long the lockout lasts.It took three months for the NHL and NHLPA to resume bargaining after the lockout began in 2004. Since this lockout started a handful of players have expressed concern that it could last the entire season. Detroit Red Wings forward Danny Cleary said Monday he was "just trying to be realistic."The NHL has 3.3 billion in annual revenue. The league wants to reduce the players' share of hockey related revenue from 57 percent to a range between 49 percent and 47 percent, up from 43 percent in its original proposal. Players think management's alleged financial problems could be addressed by re-examining the teams' revenue-sharing formula.

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This Redskins rookie and his girlfriend have the best pregame ritual

This Redskins rookie and his girlfriend have the best pregame ritual

Forget JoJo and Jordan from The Bachelorette. Don't aspire to be Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. And, as tremendous as they were, stop obsessing over Jim and Pam from The Office.

The couple that you should want to emulate, the pairing that is perfect, and the duo that is absolutely, certifiably #GOALS, is Redskins rookie T.J. Thorpe and his girlfriend Kayla Cason. And they have the footage to prove why they're everything you and your significant other should strive to be.

The now viral video, which was filmed on Friday before Washington's 21-16 victory against the Bills, captures a pregame ritual that Thorpe and Cason have participated in since their college days, according to Redskins.com. Prepare to swoon:

"For me it’s something that’s just regular, since I care about her," Thorpe told Jake Kring-Schreifels of the team's website. “For it to do what it did, I was like, 'We can’t be the only people in the world with a handshake.'"

Judging by that moment, despite what he hopes to be a long future at wideout in the NFL, in Cason, Thorpe may have already made his best catch. 

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Gruden, Bruton, Golston and Jean-Francois all discuss Colin Kaepernick

Gruden, Bruton, Golston and Jean-Francois all discuss Colin Kaepernick

As the debate grows over Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem and protest the way people of color are being treated in America, Jay Gruden and a few Redskins were asked Monday for their opinion on the matter. Here are some excerpts from what they had to say (watch the video above for their full comments):

Gruden: "We take very much pride in our relationship with the military... For three minutes for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Redskins."

David Bruton: "Every man has their own opinion, what they wanna do. Regardless of what's going on in the world, we still are in the nation of the free... For me, I realize that, without a free country, we wouldn't be playing this game that we love."

Kedric Golston: "I don't know Colin, I can't speak for his beliefs. I stand out of respect for the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for the freedom that we enjoy."

Ricky Jean-Francois: "I don't really have a clue, I've been seeing it on TV, I've been seeing it on Twitter, but I don't know exactly what he's done... He was a good guy when he was with me [in San Francisco]. He's a good guy, good kid."

RELATED: IT APPEARS THAT JOSH DOCTSON IS COMING OFF THE P.U.P. LIST

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It appears that Josh Doctson is returning, according to a tweet of his

It appears that Josh Doctson is returning, according to a tweet of his

Josh Doctson was placed on the physically unable to perform list on July 28. That means the Redskins' potential-filled first-round pick hasn't done much of anything when it comes to football for the past 32 days. 

That down time may finally be coming to an end, however, according to a tweet he sent out on Monday night.

While that post is far from any official news regarding his availablity for practice or the regular season opener on Sep. 12, it had to give Washington fans something to smile about as it popped up on timelines everywhere, as he seems to indicate he's ready to make his return to the team.

Earlier Monday, CSN's Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay noted that the former TCU wideout was in a helmet and making progress in his rehab from the pesky foot injury that's ailed him. Jay Gruden, meanwhile, said in his press conference that Doctson looked "very good."

In his tweet, Doctson apologized for his prolonged absence. If he's able to add his athleticism and penchant for making defensive backs look foolish when the ball's in the air, though, Gruden, Kirk Cousins and the rest of the Burgundy and Gold will surely forgive him.

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