- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2011

HOCKEY

Penguins’ Crosby to start season on injured list

PITTSBURGH — Penguins star center Sidney Crosby’s return to the ice will have to wait a little longer.

The team placed the former MVP on the injured list Monday, meaning he’ll have to miss at least the first week of the season.

Crosby is continuing to recover from concussionlike symptoms sustained in January. He has been skating with the Penguins since training camp opened but has not yet been cleared for contact. The Penguins open the season Thursday at Vancouver.

• The Chicago Blackhawks agreed with goaltender Ray Emery on a one-year contract. Emery, 29, spent last season with the Anaheim Ducks, going 7-2-0 during the regular season with a 2.28 goals against average in 10 games. He also appeared in six postseason games.

TENNIS

Roddick loses, blows off retirement question

BEIJING — Andy Roddick lost to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 4-6, 5-7 in the first round of the China Open on Monday, a defeat the sixth-seeded American called “unacceptable.” Roddick then walked out of his news conference when asked about any retirement plans.

Roddick, 29, winner of the 2003 U.S. Open, has dropped in the rankings to 15th after several early-round losses this year. He was asked after the match how close he might be to retiring. Roddick rolled his eyes before replying.

“I think you should retire,” he said. He then got up and left the news conference to a round of applause.

On the women’s side, top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to beat Lucie Hradecka 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.

PRO BASKETBALL

NBA negotiators meet again in small groups

NEW YORK — With perhaps days left to avoid further damage to the NBA schedule, negotiators for owners and players were talking again Monday in hopes of ending the lockout.

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