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Day 83, and both sides are quiet as a mouse

Date: Friday, Dec. 7.

Day: 83.

Last Negotiations: Thursday, Dec. 6, in New York.

Next Negotiations: No negotiations have been scheduled.

Games Lost: 423 (all games through Dec. 14, plus the New Year’s Day Winter Classic and All-Star weekend).

Quiet as a Mouse: One day after talks fell apart, the NHL and the players’ association weren’t in contact with each other Friday, leaving the process in limbo. The sides could speak over the weekend but aren’t expected to meet. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press in an email: “I have no reason, nor any intention, of reaching out to the union right now. I have no new ideas. Maybe they do. We are happy to listen.”

CANCELLATIONS: All games through next Friday already have been canceled, but no more games were wiped out. That likely will change soon unless there is a sudden deal in the next few days.

College Football

Jones rebuffs the Buffaloes, then turns to Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Butch Jones wasn’t Tennessee’s first choice as its next football coach. The Volunteers believe the former Cincinnati coach will prove he’s the right choice.

Tennessee introduced Jones on Friday as its successor to Derek Dooley, who was fired Nov. 18 after going 15-21 in three seasons. Jones becomes the Volunteers’ fourth coach in six seasons, ending a tumultuous couple of days for both parties. The new Vols coach said he was taking over “the best college football program in America.”

Jones, 44, has a 50-27 record in six seasons as a head coach. He went 27-13 in three seasons at Central Michigan and was 23-14 at Cincinnati the last three years. He now faces the task of rebuilding a former Southeastern Conference power that has posted three consecutive losing seasons.

On the same day Charlie Strong said he wasn’t interested in Tennessee and would remain at Louisville, Jones rejected an offer to take over Colorado’s program. He also had been linked to the Purdue coaching job before withdrawing his name from consideration.

Jones’ hiring means each of the four Southeastern Conference teams that fired coaches this year have filled their vacancies:

Kentucky hired Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops last week to replace Joker Phillips.

Arkansas hired Bret Bielema away from Wisconsin on Tuesday to take over for John L. Smith.

Auburn selected Arkansas State’s Gus Malzahn on Tuesday as the replacement for Gene Chizik.

Cincinnati made defensive line coach Steve Stripling its interim head coach for the Dec. 27 Belk Bowl against Duke in Charlotte, N.C., while it begins searching for Jones’ successor.

World Cup Ski Racing

Maze first in the super-G and first in the slalom

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland – Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third race of the season by finishing first in both runs of a World Cup super-combined event Friday, while Lindsey Vonn failed to finish.

Vonn was fourth in the Super-G but lost control of a ski during an early turn in her slalom run and failed to finish.

Maze extended her lead in the overall standings by finishing in an aggregate time of 2 minutes, 1.76 seconds after the Super-G and slalom. She defeated Nicole Hosp of Austria by 0.88, while Kathrin Zettel of Austria was 1.08 behind in third.

Julia Mancuso of the United States was fifth after the Super-G but slipped to 11th after posting the 23rd-fastest time in the slalom.

This was the first of only two super-combined events this season. They count toward the overall standings, but no crystal globe will be awarded to the discipline champion.

A regular super-G will be held on the same course today, followed by a giant slalom Sunday.

Associated Press