By Brian Mahoney, AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — A person with knowledge of the plans says top negotiators for the NBA and players’ association will meet Sunday night, perhaps the last chance to avoid canceled regular-season games.

Commissioner David Stern has set Monday as the deadline for a new labor deal to be reached before the first two weeks of the season will be canceled. No meetings had been planned since he set the deadline Tuesday, before the sides agreed to talk Sunday.

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The meeting, first reported by The New York Times, comes two days after the union said the league insisted it accept a 50-50 split of revenues as a condition to meet. Instead, the precondition was dropped, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the details were to remain private.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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