Sports briefs: NHL commissioner 'disappointed' by counterproposals

This is an archived article that was published on in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Hockey •NHL commissioner Gary Bettman received three counterproposals from the players' association Thursday and left the negotiating table "thoroughly disappointed."

No new talks have been scheduled, and the possibility of a full hockey regular season is quickly shrinking.

The union offered multiple options in response to the NHL's offer on Tuesday that called for an 82-game season and a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenues between owners and players.

Infection puts FIFA official in hospital

Soccer • FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been hospitalized in Brazil because of a kidney infection, forcing him to miss the local World Cup organizing committee board meeting on Thursday.

Soccer's governing body said Valcke's condition isn't serious but he will need to stay in a Rio de Janeiro hospital for a few days.

Oakland coach speaks out on abuse

Women's college basketball • Oakland University women's basketball coach Beckie Francis has been inspired by candid survivors of sexual abuse to speak out about her haunting childhood.

Francis tells The Associated Press she was sexually assaulted by her father from the age of 4 until seventh grade. He has since died.

Francis was prompted to speak out because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

From wire reports