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>NFL talks continue, little progress

Carl Eller emerged from a 7-hour mediation session between the NFL and its locked-out players and let out a big sigh.

"Tough day," he said.

When a Hall of Fame defensive end and one of the most feared players of his generation gives that kind of evaluation, it's safe to say that the negotiations between the owners and the players aren't getting any easier.

The two sides resumed their court-ordered talks on Tuesday after a three-day break, with no sign that an agreement is any closer. The lockout is in its second month and a federal judge is expected to decide soon on the players' request to halt the NFL's first work stoppage since 1987.

Both sides declined comment at the end of the long day of negotiation. The two sides will meet again this morning.


>Marathoner Waitz dies of cancer

Grete Waitz, the Norwegian runner who won nine New York City Marathons and the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, died Tuesday after a six-year battle with cancer in Oslo. She was 57.

A former Oslo schoolteacher, Waitz won her first New York City Marathon in 1978, setting a world best in 2 hours, 32 minutes, 30 seconds in her first attempt at running the distance. She went on to win eight more times, with her last victory coming in 1988.

She won the London Marathon twice, in 1983 and '86, the Stockholm Marathon in 1988 and earned five titles at the world cross-country championships from 1978-81 and 1983.

Waitz also won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1983 world championships in Helsinki. A year later, she took second behind Joan Benoit in the first women's Olympic marathon.


>UMass football to join MAC

A University of Massachusetts official said the school will become a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision and join the Mid-American Conference for that sport.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the school had yet to announce the move. A news conference was set for today.

The team will play its home games at Gillette Stadium beginning in 2012, the person said, and play its first schedule as a full member of the MAC in 2013.



* Mats Zuccarello and Chad Kolarik each had a goal and an assist to lead the Connecticut Whale to a 3-1 win over the Portland Pirates, evening the best-of-seven AHL Atlantic Division semifinal series at 2-2. Mark Voakes scored the lone Pirates goal. Game Five is Thursday in Portland.

* Trainer Todd Pletcher says Kentucky Derby contender Uncle Mo "needs to have a good 19 days" if he's going to enter the Run for the Roses on May 7. Uncle Mo took his first gallop at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, a day after he arrived from New York.

From News and wire service reports

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