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LEAGUE OFFERS NEW COUNTER IN QUICK SESSION

NEW YORK — The proposals flew back and forth between the NHL and the players' association. Whether significant progress was made still wasn't all that clear.

The league made a counteroffer on Tuesday night in response to one it received from the players on Monday and now the NHL is waiting for another answer.

A full day of smaller group meetings wrapped up with a full bargaining session of about 30 minutes Tuesday. The union took the league's latest offer back to its headquarters to begin reviewing it.

"They did make a comprehensive response to what we gave them (Monday)," union executive director Donald Fehr said. "We asked a couple of questions, and now what we have to do is go through the document, try to make some sense out of it, compare it and see what the appropriate thing is to do next."

Fehr said he will get in touch with the league this morning, and that he anticipates the sides will get back together during the day.

Commissioner Gary Bettman declined to provide details of the league's latest offer, but said it addressed specific areas the union requested.

There's little time left. Bettman said Monday the NHL has told the union a deal needs to be in place by Jan. 11 so a 48-game season can begin eight days later.

The Red Wings would have hosted the Maple Leafs on Tuesday in the Winter Classsic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. But the 108-day lockout wiped that out long ago, along with the All-Star game.

TENNIS

Sharapova hurt, Serena cruises

Maria Sharapova withdrew from the season-opening Brisbane International in Australia with an injured right collarbone that left her unable to serve. She said she didn't want to aggravate the injury with the Australian Open two weeks away. Serena Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over No. 44-ranked Alize Cornet, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upset 2011 champ Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 7-5.

HOPMAN CUP: The U.S. team rallied past France 2-1 in Perth, Australia, with John Isner and Venus Williams winning the decisive mixed doubles. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France topped Isner, a Tampa resident, 6-3, 6-2, before Williams beat Mathilde Johansson 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Americans, who next play Spain, won the mixed doubles 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 10-8.

ELSEWHERE: Top seed Li Na, playing in her homeland, defeated Mandy Minella 6-4, 6-0 in the Shenzhen (China) Open. … Top seed David Ferrer rallied past qualifier Dustin Brown 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 at the Qatar Open in Doha.

ET CETERA

SOCCER: Argentine striker Sergio Aguero scored in the 74th minute of Manchester City's 3-0 rout of visiting Stoke but left the game with a hamstring injury three minutes later. Also in the English Premier League, City's rival, Manchester United, won 4-0 at Wigan to remain seven points ahead, and American Clint Dempsey scored for Tottenham in its 3-1 win over visiting Reading. … MLS champion Los Angeles signed Italian goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini, 39, from Tottenham.

AUTOS: Kasey Kahne will run up to 15 races in the NASCAR Nationwide series for JR Motorsports in 2013, the Charlotte Observer reported.

BASEBALL: The Indians agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Brett Myers, who pitched for the Astros and White Sox last season.

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