The NHL plans to play three-on-three overtime next season.

The league's general managers and the NHL Players' Association agreed Tuesday to change its regular-season overtime period from four-on-four hockey to three-on-three.

The Board of Governors still must approve the change Wednesday when it meets in Las Vegas.

A shootout will still take place if games remain tied after five minutes of three-on-three play, but the change is expected to reduce the number of shootouts.

The players' union apparently was opposed to the AHL format, which begins with four minutes of four-on-four hockey and three minutes of three-on-three.

The NHL began playing four-on-four overtime in 1999, and it added the shootout in 2005.

The Board also will consider a recommendation to allow coaches to challenge goalie interference calls and offside goals.


Brady appeal goes 10 hours

After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Brady was suspended by the league for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game win over Indianapolis. He arrived at the NFL's Park Avenue offices Tuesday morning, as did attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is leading Brady's defense.

It was growing dark when Goodell left the league headquarters after he heard Brady and representatives from the players' union during the lengthy meeting. League security said Brady also had left.

No details of the hearing were immediately available.

"I think we put in a very compelling case," Kessler said, adding that no timetable on a decision by Goodell had been given.

Kessler said he would have no further comments Tuesday night, and neither the union nor the league immediately commented.

This was the latest step in the protracted "Deflategate" scandal, and no decisions were expected Tuesday.

Indeed, it is uncertain how soon Goodell will announce anything; he could decide to keep the suspension as it is, reduce it or completely wipe it clean.

Should Goodell keep the four-game ban — or even if he reduces it but doesn't dismiss it totally — Brady could go to court. That could delay any solution for months.


Sixers' statman Pollack dies

Harvey Pollack, the last original employee of the NBA's inaugural season to still be working in the league, has died. He was 93.

Pollack worked for the Philadelphia 76ers at the time of his death, spending the past 28 years as the team's director of statistical information.

In 1946, Pollack began his career with the Philadelphia Warriors of the Basketball Association of America, which later merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association, as the team's assistant publicity director.

... NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Charlotte will host the NBA All-Star Game in 2017.


Golf: Fred Couples withdrew from the U.S. Senior Open because of a back injury.

Tennis: Top-seeded David Ferrer lost to Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the Aegon Classic at Nottingham, England.

College basketball: Former New Mexico State and Illinois men's coach Lou Henson, who is set to be inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame this fall, is at a Houston hospital awaiting tests because of a weakened immune system.

WNBA: Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Emma Meesseman scored 20 points apiece as Washington beat winless Los Angeles 84-80.