Sports briefs | Manatee defensive lineman Derrick Calloway commits to Louisville

January 1, 2013 

Prep football: Manatee's Calloway chooses Louisville

BRADENTON -- Manatee defensive lineman Derrick Calloway has committed to the University of Louisville, according to Hurricanes defensive line coach Steve Gulash.

Gulash said he received a text from Calloway on Sunday night from Texas, where Calloway is participating in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

Rivals ranks Calloway, a senior, as the nation's 18th-best defensive tackle.

Calloway had three sacks, 13 quarterback hurries, 68 tackles, two passes defended, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal this season for the Hurricanes. In three seasons at Manatee, two as a full-time starter, Calloway finished 13 sacks and 143 tackles and helped the Canes win three region titles and the Class 7A state title in 2011.

He is the third Canes linemen to commit to a Division I program. Defensive end Blake Keller, a senior, chose UCF over the summer; tackle Demarcus Christmas, a junior, committed to Florida State during the season.

NHL: Union makes proposal, talks to resume Tuesday

NEW YORK -- The NHL and the players' association will start the new year right where they ended the old one -- at the bargaining table.

The sides got together Monday for the first time since Dec. 13, and the union brought along a counterproposal in response to the 288-page contract offer the NHL presented on Thursday. There were some discussions between the negotiators inside the league's midtown Manhattan headquarters and some time spent apart in internal caucuses.

After several hours passed, the NHL said it would be going over the players' new contract offer on Monday night and would get back to the union in the morning. Commissioner Gary Bettman said he expected negotiations would restart Tuesday afternoon.

ELSEWHERE -- Game, set and goal for hockey's Alex Ovechkin and tennis' Maria Kirilenko, who are planning to tie the knot. The Washington Capitals forward and two-time NHL MVP took to Twitter and announced: "We are engaged !!!!!!! )))))))))"

Baseball: Tejada says he will join Royals

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has reached a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals and says he is ready to return to the majors. The 38-year-old infielder got a one-year contract that will be worth $1.1 million if he makes the big leagues. There is an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses.

Tennis: Wozniacki, Stosur out in 1st round at Brisbane

BRISBANE, Australia -- Caroline Wozniacki's first trip to the Brisbane International ended in a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (1) first-round loss to Kazakhstan qualifier Ksenia Pervak on Monday. She quickly followed up by dismissing speculation about an engagement to golf No. 1 Rory McIlroy.

No. 9-ranked Samantha Stosur was also upset in a night match, losing 7-6 (4), 7-5 to No. 41 Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden to continue her run of poor form in her native Australia since winning the 2011 U.S. Open.

ELSEWHERE -- Novak Djokovic shook off jetlag to beat Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4 to help Serbia beat Italy 2-1 at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, then avoided injury after the match when a courtside barrier collapsed while signing autographs. It hit the Serb on his legs as it crashed and several fans went tumbling to the ground. Djokovic briefly squatted in discomfort but later took to the court for the mixed doubles, won by Italy 7-6 (4), 6-4. ... Svetlana Kuznetsova lost to unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (6), 6-2, 7-5 in swirling wind in the first round of the ASB Tennis Classic in Auckland, New Zealand. ... Second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France sailed into the second round of the Shenzhen Open in Shenzhen, China, with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Hong Kong's Chan Wing-yau. ... Sixth-seeded Robin Haase of the Netherlands and eighth-seeded Go Soeda of Japan reached the second round of the Chennai Open with straight-set victories in Chennai, India. ... Philipp Kohlschreiber opened his season with a 7-6 (5), 6-1 victory over Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Qatar Open in Doha, Qatar.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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