NHL: Players to be locked out Saturday

DIGEST

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will lock out players Saturday if a new labor deal isn't reached.

With both sides far apart and little time before the current deal expires at 9 p.m. Saturday, the league's board of governors met in New York on Thursday as a group of more than 280 players gathered at a hotel a short distance away.

Following lockouts last year by basketball and football owners, Bettman said hockey management is determined to come away with economic gains, even if it forces the NHL's fourth work stoppage since 1992.

The last labor stoppage caused the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season, a lockout that ended only when players accepted a salary cap.

Training camps are scheduled to open Sept. 21 and the season is slated to start Oct. 11.

Elsewhere

Rutgers beats South Florida

Jawan Jamison ran for 151 yards and a touchdown, helping Rutgers (3-0) begin Big East football play with a 23-13 victory at South Florida (2-1).

It was the fourth consecutive 100-yard game for the sophomore dating to last season, the longest string of 100-yard performances by a Rutgers player since Ray Rice had seven straight to end the 2007 season.

Gary Nova threw for 277 yards and one touchdown for the Scarlet Knights, who snapped a 13-13 tie on Federico's 22-yard field goal with 2:48 remaining. A little over a minute later, Jamison scored on a 41-yard run after South Flroida (2-1, 0-1) turned the ball over on downs at its own 42.

-- The season opener between Oregon State and Nicholls State that was postponed because of Hurricane Isaac has been rescheduled for Dec. 1 in Corvallis, Ore.

Awards: Muhammad Ali, 70, was honored with the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia for his role outside the ring as a fighter for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom.

Golf: South Korea's So Yeon Ryu took a share of the lead in her Women's British Open debut, birdieing the final hole for a 2-under-par 70 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. South Korea's Haeji Kang also opened with a 70, the highest leading first-round score since the tournament became a major in 2002.

Australia's Karrie Webb was a stroke back along with 16-year-old English amateur Charley Hull and seven others.

Soccer: The Earthquakes won a lottery for the MLS rights to forward Marcus Tracy. The 26-year-old won the 2008 Hermann Trophy as the top college soccer player after helping Wake Forest win the 2007 NCAA title. He was sidelined much of the last two years by knee injuries.

-- Reigning MLS MVP Dwayne De Rosario will likely miss the rest of D.C. United's season with a sprained left knee.

NBA: The Nets signed former Stanford forward Josh Childress to a one-year contract.

-- Lakers center Dwight Howard won't finish rehabilitation from back surgery in time for the start of training camp or the first preseason game.