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Vols hire Jones...Broncos trample Raiders...Big Ben ready to return

Friday - 12/7/2012, 11:00am  ET

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Butch Jones is taking the football coaching job at Tennessee, after going 27-13 in three seasons at Cincinnati. Jones faces the task of rebuilding a former Southeastern Conference power that has posted three consecutive losing seasons. He's the Vols' fourth coach in six seasons.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Knowshon Moreno sparked a struggling running game with 119 yards and a touchdown and Peyton Manning threw for 310 yards and another score to help Denver roll past the Raiders 26-13 under the lights in Oakland. The 10-3 Broncos move a half-game ahead of New England and Baltimore for the second-best record in the AFC.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ben Roethlisberger (RAWTH'-lihs-bur-gur) will return to the Steelers' starting lineup Sunday against San Diego after missing three weeks due to injuries to his right throwing shoulder and ribs. Big Ben will play with a custom-fit compression shirt and a layer of Kevlar-lined composite in his shoulder pads to help absorb hits to his clavicle and shoulder joint regions.

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's Day 83 of the lockout and the two sides in the NHL labor dispute appear to be farther apart than ever before. Representatives of the owners and players met yesterday and won't get together again until tomorrow at the earliest.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Basebal's winter meetings closed up shop yesterday with some big free agents still on the market. The availability of slugger Josh Hamilton and pitcher Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) held up decisions on other signings and possible trades involving Rangers infielder Michael Young and Mets Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.


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