The NHLPA executive board has authorized to provide a $10,000 stipend to all players, a source confirmed Saturday to espn.com.

The NHL players already have missed four paychecks as a result of the league-imposed lockout. There have been 423 games canceled -- through Dec. 14, plus Jan. 1's Winter Classic. All-Star weekend Jan. 26-27 in Columbus, Ohio, has also been scrapped.

The players association's next decision will be to respond to the NHL on whether to accept commissioner Gary Bettman's invitation to hold a players/owners-only meeting. The idea was presented after mediation broke down between the sides Thursday.

Baseball

Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa, 32, and the Chicago Cubs reached agreement on a two-year, $9.5 million deal, a source said. He had 220 saves in 12 seasons with Hanshin and became an unrestricted free agent last month.

  • Tampa Bay sent reliever Burke Badenhop to Milwaukee for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr. Badenhop was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 2012. Mondesi is the 20-year-old son of a former All-Star outfielder and played at rookie league Helena.

    Soccer

    Former Cal star Alex Morgan scored 44 seconds into the match, and the U.S. women's team went on to beat Ireland 2-0 in a friendly in Glendale, Ariz. Morgan had an assist on Megan Rapinoe's goal late in the first half. She has 28 goals this calendar year.


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  • Lionel Messi scored twice, helping Barcelona (13-0-1) make the best start in Spanish league history with a 5-1 win over Athletic Bilbao. The Argentine is one goal shy of Gerd Mueller's record of 85 for club and country in one year, set in 1972.

    Winter sports

    Lindsey Vonn raced to her 13th World Cup victory at Lake Louise leading another 1-2 U.S. sweep in the second downhill at the Alberta resort. She finished in 1 minute, 52.9 seconds to edge Stacey Cook by 0.52 seconds. On Friday in the season-opening downhill, Vonn beat Cook by 1.73 seconds. Vonn tied Vreni Schneider for second on the World Cup victory list with 55. Annamarie Moser-Proell is the leader with 62.

  • Matteo Marsaglia won a World Cup super-G at Beaver Creek, Colo. He finished in 1:14.68 to edge Aksel Lund Svindal by 0.27 seconds. American Ted Ligety (1:15.42) was fourth at the Birds of Prey layout.

    Miscellany

    Austin Trout controlled the fight early and roughed up Miguel Cotto late to win a 12-round unanimous decision and retain his share of the 154-pound world title in New York. Trout (26-0) left Cotto's face battered and swollen. Cotto (37-4) lost his second straight bout after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May.

  • Recently retired Andy Roddick beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 in the Miami Cup in Key Biscayne, Fla. Roddick will play Nicolas Almagro in the exhibition final Sunday. Almagro beat John Isner 6-3, 6-4.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.