NHL locks out ice hockey players until 14 December

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The National Hockey League (NHL) has cancelled another two weeks of games, as the result of a lockout that threatens to wipe out the whole season.

The stoppage continues to 14 December, in a move that brings the total number of games lost to 422, or about a third of the 2012-13 season.

The US and Canadian league locked out the players in mid-September, a month before the season was due to begin.

The two sides are in a dispute over how to split $3.3bn (£2bn) in revenue.

The owners want to reduce the players' share of annual revenue to 50% from the current 57%.

The All-Star Game, which was to have been in Columbus, Ohio, on 27 January, has also been called because of the latest round of cancellations.

It follows the owners' rejection of a new offer by the Players' Association on Wednesday morning.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is losing up to $20m per day, while the players are missing out on as much as $10m per day.

The work stoppage is the fourth in 20 years for the NHL. A previous union dispute saw the entire 2004-2005 season cancelled.

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