Sports, September 12th

NEW YORK (AP) – Negotiators in the NHL labor dispute are meeting today in New York. This is their first meeting since last Friday. The two sides are trying to avoid a lockout this weekend.

New York–New England is the top team in the AP Pro32 power rankings this week. In the first regular-season poll the 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL have placed the 49ers in second place with Baltimore third, Houston fourth and Green Bay fifth. Miami is ranked last at No. 32.

UNDATED (AP) – Baltimore and New York are once again tied for the lead in the American League East. The Orioles beat Tampa Bay last night 9-2, while the Yankees were stopped by the rival Boston Red Sox, 4-3.

CHICAGO (AP) – The Tigers got past the White Sox last night 5-3, reducing Chicago’s lead over Detroit in the American League Central to just two games. Winning pitcher Doug Fister led the way by throwing seven innings of two-hit ball.

UNDATED (AP) – San Francisco now has a six game lead over second-place Los Angeles in the National League West. The Giants beat the Rockies last night 9-8, while the Dodgers were dumped by Arizona 1-0 in a great pitching duel. Ian Kennedy outpitched Clayton Kershaw for the win, as the only run of the game was unearned, the result of an error by Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez.