The NHL and the players association will meet in New York on Monday and try to hammer out a collective bargaining agreement to end the 107-day lockout.
The sides met for 2½ hours Sunday to go over the NHL's latest proposal, but there was no formal negotiating. On Monday, the union is expected to make a counterproposal.
The NHL made some concessions, but Donald Fehr, executive director of the NHL Players' Association, is expected to challenge the league's proposed $60 million salary cap for 2013-14 -- it would be at $70.2 million this season but would be prorated for 48 games. He's also expected to challenge the stipulation that amnesty buyouts count toward the players' 50 percent share of hockey-related revenue.
The league said its proposal is contingent on having a CBA in place by Jan. 11, with the season starting Jan. 19. All games through Jan. 14 have been canceled, claiming 50.8 percent of the original schedule.
Both sides seem agreeable on several issues, including the 50/50 hockey-related revenue split, the $300 million the owners are contributing toward the "make whole" provision, and using the same free-agency and arbitration rules that were in the last agreement. The sides are also close on the lengths of player contracts.
Serena Williams opened her season, needing less than an hour to beat Varvara Lepchenko 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Brisbane (Australia) International. Williams showed no signs of the minor surgery on her big toes that forced her to withdraw from an exhibition tournament in Thailand.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Strome scored in the first period, and Canada beat the United States 2-1 to advance to the next round at the junior ice hockey world championships in Ufa, Russia. Jacob Trouba scored for the U.S., which must beat Slovakia on Monday to move on. Nugent-Hopkins, 19, had 52 points for the Edmonton Oilers last season.
Miguel Angel Jimenez has broken his right shinbone and will be sidelined for up to five months. The Spanish golfer said he had surgery after a skiing accident Saturday. In November, Jimenez, 48, became the oldest European Tour winner by capturing the Hong Kong Open.
The Associated Press and Bloomberg.net contributed to this report.