In Brief | Nation and World Dec. 5


Tulsa fires athletic director over gambling probe

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa fired its athletic director a week after he was named in a federal investigation into an alleged bookie in Oklahoma City.

The private university’s president, Steadman Upham, released a statement Tuesday night saying he has terminated Ross Parmley, effective immediately.

Upham said Parmley told him in October 2011 that he was cooperating in an FBI investigation related to the gambling case and assured him he hadn’t gambled on sports beyond friendly golf games. Parmley was interim athletic director at the time. He was formally named to the post in January.

But Upham said he learned late last month that Parmley “had not been truthful.”

Parmley was put on administrative leave last week. His attorney didn’t return a message Tuesday.

Upham said the school is cooperating with the NCAA.

Wizards coach: No timeline for John Wall’s return

WASHINGTON — Already sidelined for more than two months, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall still is not ready to practice, let alone play — and coach Randy Wittman said Monday night he does not know when his best player will return.

Wall hasn’t played at all this season for Washington, an NBA-worst 2-13 after its stunning 105-101 win over the defending champion Miami Heat on Monday.

When the Wizards announced on Sept. 28 that Wall was diagnosed with the early stages of a stress injury to his left knee cap, they said he didn’t need surgery and probably would be out of action for about two months.

Well, that schedule turned out to be too optimistic.

Asked Monday for an idea of when Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, will be available, Wittman replied: “I can’t give you one. I don’t know what you want me to say.”

NHL talks resume with owners, players meeting

NEW YORK — The only early details that emerged from the latest round of negotiations aimed at ending the NHL lockout were the names of those in attendance and that the sides took a break for dinner nearly six hours after they started talking Tuesday.

A group of six owners and 18 NHL players — many more than were originally expected — gathered at a Manhattan hotel and tried to find some common ground as the search for a deal that would save the hockey season continued. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and union executive director Donald Fehr were at the hotel but stayed outside the meeting room.

Not much has worked up until Tuesday, the 80th day of the lockout, so the sides agreed to a different format to see if that would shake things up.

By wire sources