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.
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.
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.
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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.