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NHL talks break down...Big Ben back on Sunday

Thursday - 12/6/2012, 8:50pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Talks in the NHL labor fight broke down after just one hour tonight, and it isn't known when the league and the players' association would get back together. After several hours of waiting for discussions to resume for a third straight day, the conversations didn't go well and had none of the momentum that existed Tuesday and Wednesday.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Thursday night NFL game is between two teams going in opposite directions. The 9-3 Denver Broncos already have clinched the AFC West and take a seven-game winning streak into Oakland to play the 3-9 Raiders, who have lost five straight.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) will start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. Roethlisberger missed the last three weeks with a sprained right shoulder and dislocated rib but practiced for the second straight day today without incident.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- -The Cincinnati Bengals have signed kicker Josh Brown to fill in for the injured Mike Nugent, who hurt his right calf and didn't practice Wednesday. Brown played five seasons with Seattle and four with St. Louis.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) --Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says the reason Percy Harvin was placed on season-ending injured reserve was based "purely" on his slow-healing sprained left ankle. Frazier said it was not because Harvin had any previous clashes with the team.

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