So much for a two-week break. Just over a week since the last set of failed negotiations, the NHL and the locked-out players' association will return to the bargaining table Monday.

Conversations that restarted Friday between deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr produced enough positive movement Saturday to set up another face-to-face meeting in New York.

Commissioner Gary Bettman had suggested to union executive director Donald Fehr last week that the sides take two weeks off from negotiations. The union maintained its desire to keep talking.

"The meeting was requested by the union, and it's their agenda," Daly said Saturday. "We will see what they have to tell us."

All games through Nov. 30 have already been taken off the schedule, the Jan. 1 Winter Classic has also been scraped, and more cancellations are likely within a week.

Players missed their third pay day of the season Thursday, and the clock is ticking toward more losses. The 2004-05 season was canceled in February.

  • Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen, 21, is out six to eight months after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. He had five goals and 12 assists as a rookie last season. In three games for AHL Binghamton, while the NHL is shut down because of a lockout, Cowen had three assists.

    Tennis


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    The Czech Republic won the doubles match to take a 2-1 lead over defending champion Spain in the Davis Cup finals. Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek rallied to beat Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-3 in front of 13,000 fans at O2 Arena in Prague. Berdych can clinch the Cup in the first reverse singles Sunday with a win over David Ferrer. Stepanek takes on Nicolas Almagro in the final match. Spain is looking for its fourth title in five years. The Czechs' only victory came in 1980 as Czechoslovakia, which split in 1993. Ivan Lendl led the team to that title.

  • Retired three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten beat Novak Djokovic 7-6 (9), 7-5 in an exhibition match in Rio de Janeiro.

    Golf

    Robert Streb shot a 3-under 69 in rainy conditions to take a one-stroke lead over Billy Horschel (68) at the Pebble Beach Invitational. Both played Del Monte. Streb was at 10-under 206. James Hahn had a 66 at Syglass Hill to join Tommy Gainey at 8 under. Gainey shot 70 at Pebble Beach. Annika Sorentam had an 81 at Pebble Beach, leaving her tied with Juli Inkster at 4 over. Sunday's final round will be at Pebble Beach.

  • Na Yeon Choi shot a 3-under 69 in a tough wind to take a one-stroke lead over Ai Miyazato (71) at the season-ending LPGA Titleholders in Naples, Fla. Choi hit a 5-wood to 15 feet for birdie on the par-3 17th and closed with a par to reach 12-under 204.

  • Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 2-under 68 to share the lead with Michael Campbell at the Hong Kong Open. Campbell made a 15-foot par putt on No. 18 to complete a 69 and 10-under 200 total. Matteo Manassero (64) and Lian-wei Zhang (69) were at 201.

  • Defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under-par 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott (67) at the Australian Masters in Melbourne. Poulter had a 54-hole total of 13-under 203.

  • Henrik Stenson shot a 3-under 69 and closed in on a first European Tour win in three years by taking a three-stroke lead at the South African Open in Johannesburg. He was at 16-under 200.

    Winter sports

    American Ashley Wagner and Japan's Takahito Mura had strong free programs to win the Trophee Bompard in Paris. Both rallied past the overnight leaders. Wagner nailed her jumps to overtake 14-year-old Julia Lipnitskaia, while Mura beat American Jeremy Abbott.

  • Alexandr Zubkov put together two solid runs to win the World Cup four-man bobsled event, depriving Steven Holcomb of a gold-medal sweep on his home course in Park City, Utah. Holcomb won the two-man bobsled Friday.

    Soccer

    David Beckham's management company says the former England captain has no plans to play in Australia. The 37-year-old midfielder plays with Los Angeles but has yet to commit to playing next season in MLS.

  • Anthony Pilkington scored as Norwich beat Manchester United 1-0 to knock the Red Devils out of first in the English Premier League. Defending champion Manchester City took over the lead with a 5-0 rout of Aston Villa.

    Boxing

    Carl Froch (30-2) stopped American Yusaf Mack (33-5) in the third round to retain the IBF super-middleweight title in Nottingham, England. Mack keeled over after a right-left combination to his ribs.

    Horse racing

    Goldencents ($7.20) went wire to wire to win the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot for 2-year-olds in Vinton, La. Goldencents, ridden by Kevin Krigger and trained by Doug O'Neill, beat Bern Identity by three-quarters of a lengths, running 11/16 miles in 1:44.89. Goldencents is partially owned by Rick Pitino.