Glimmer of hope...Williams ready to play...McIlroy will cut back

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Associated Press

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 17 at 1:06 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A day after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to players' association chief Donald Fehr (feer) that the two sides in the labor dispute take a two-week break from seemingly fruitless bargaining, talking resumed yesterday. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly spoke briefly with union special counsel Steve Fehr, and they are expected to have further discussions during the weekend to talk about the next steps in bargaining.

DENVER (AP) — After serving a six-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and three games for an alcohol-related arrest, Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams is on track to make his 2012 debut tomorrow against San Diego. Denver added the veteran linebacker to its 53-man roster today.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — It's pole qualifying day for the first Formula One U.S. Grand Prix since 2007. Points leader Sebastien Vettel had the fastest car in each of the practice sessions in Austin, Texas. The race is tomorrow.

HONG KONG (AP) — Rory McIlroy thinks he may have stretched his schedule a little too far this year and is vowing the cut back next season after looking ragged and missing the cut at this week's Hong Kong Open by three shots. Counting next week's European Tour closing event, the world's top-ranked golfer will have played in 24 tournaments this season as well as the Ryder Cup and teeing up in two exhibition tournaments.

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic is one point from clinching its first Davis Cup title as an independent nation after winning today's doubles. Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK') and Radek Stepanek knocked off Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five tie headed into tomorrow's reverse singles.

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