Sports briefs | Cardinal Mooney boys basketball team 3rd at City of Tampa tourney

December 23, 2012 

TAMPA -- Antonio Blakeney scored 16 of his 34 points in the third quarter to lead the Cardinal Mooney boys to a 65-47 victory over Tampa Robinson in the consolation game of the City of Tampa Championships.

The Cougars (10-1) enjoyed a 26-8 advantage in the third quarter. Robinson fell to 11-3.

Jamie Glasser had 11 points, and Matt Hueston pulled down nine rebounds for Cardinal Mooney. Justin Najmy had five assists and five steals.

NHL: League, union speak; no new meetings scheduled

NEW YORK -- NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and players' association special counsel Steve Fehr spoke on the telephone but still haven't made plans to meet face to face.

There has been very little contact this week between the sides. Daly and Fehr held a conversation Saturday, the 98th day of the lockout that is threatening to wipe out the entire hockey season.

All games through Jan. 14 have already been called off, and if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by then, the remainder of the schedule could be canceled, too. So far, 625 games -- more than 50 percent of the schedule -- have been wiped out, along with the Winter Classic and the All-Star game.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he doesn't want a season shorter than 48 games per team, the amount played after a lockout ended in 1995. The full 2004-05 season was lost to a lockout.

Boxing: Adamek outlasts Cunningham in eliminator

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Tomasz Adamek, his nose swollen and eyes circled with a little purple, seemed satisfied and relieved after he outpointed Steve Cunningham in a split decision in their IBF heavyweight title eliminator at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center.

Adamek (48-2) received winning scores of 115-112 from judge Debra Barnes and 116-112 from Dave Greer, while Tom Miller scored it 115-113 for Cunningham (25-5). After six rounds, Miller and Greer had the fight even, and Barnes had Adamek up by two rounds. Greer and Miller gave Adamek three of the last four rounds.

"That was like sparring. Not very many punches were thrown. I feel like I can go back into the ring and fight again," said Adamek, who fought for the 11th time as a heavyweight, after spending most of his career at light heavyweight.

The fight was a rematch of a 2008 cruiserweight bout that Adamek also won. Cunningham got up from knockdowns three times in the first fight. But that time, Adamek weighed 198 to Cunningham's 197. This time, Adamek weighed in at 223, and Cunningham 203 1/2.

Tennis: Zvonareva withdraws from Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from the Australian Open in January with a right shoulder injury.

The two-time Grand Slam runner-up made the announcement on her Facebook page, saying "I will not be able to go to Australia this year ... my body is not 100 percent recovered."

The Russian also missed the U.S. Open this year because of a viral illness and the French Open with the same shoulder injury.

Speedskating: Celski, Gehring win national titles

KEARNS, Utah -- A year ago, JR Celski barely could get to the start line at the U.S. short track speedskating championships because of a painfully swollen broken ankle suffered at a World Cup event in Japan.

Now Celski is good as gold, with a national championship to add to his list of accomplishments during this record-setting season.

His wins in the 500, 1,500 and 3,000 along with a fifth-place finish in the 1,000 helped him lock up the national title. Lana Gehring won the women's title with wins in every event the past two days.

Both earned spots for the U.S. in the final two World Cups of the season and a chance to compete in the world championships in Hungary in March.

Jeff Simon, Travis Jayner, Chris Creveling and Ed Alvarez round out the men's team, while Jessica Smith, Alyson Dudek, Emily Scott and Sarah Chen complete the women's. Two discretionary picks will be added later.

Skiing: Americans Wilson, McPhie win World Cup event

KREISCHBERG, Austria -- Freestyle skiers Bryon Wilson and Heather McPhie of the United States won a World Cup dual moguls event Saturday.

In the men's final, Wilson beat Alex Bilodeau of Canada for his first career World Cup win. Defending World Cup moguls champion Mikael Kingsbury placed third after beating fellow Canadian Philippe Marquis in the small final. Kingsbury and Bilodeau share the lead in the moguls standings after two events with 160 points each, followed by Wilson with 118.

McPhie defeated American teammate Heidi Kloser in the women's final for her second win of the season and third overall. McPhie leads the mogul standings with 200 points, 60 clear of Dufour-Lapointe. Kloser is third with 116.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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