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BRITISH ICE HOCKEY ASSOCIATION Premier Division: Basingstoke Beavers 8 Edinburgh Racers 6; Cardiff Devils 6 Fife Flyers 3; Humberside Seahawks 4 Peterborough Pirates 4; Milton Keynes Kings 8 Durham Wasps 10; Nottingham Panthers 17 Bracknell Bees 1

; Sheffield Steelers 7 Whitley Warriors 2. Division One: Medway Bears 13 Blackburn Blackhawks 5; Slough Jets 13 Dumfries 5; Swindon Wildcats 18 Paisley Pirates 8; Teeside Bombers 8 Lee Valley Lions 6; Telford Tigers 7 Chelmsford Chieftains 4.

The NHL Players' Association yesterday rejected the owners' "final" offer, jeopardizing the chances of any play in the present season. The players rejected the offer after a teleconference phone call between the NHLPA and player-representatives of the 26NHL teams, who have been locked out since 1 October. The contentious issue is the "luxury tax" the owners want to use to curb salaries.