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NFL-SCHEDULE

Raiders to entertain Broncos

OAKLAND (AP) — An AFC West game is being played this evening in Oakland as the Raiders entertain the Broncos. Denver comes in with a record of 9-3 while the Raiders are 3-9. The two teams are really going in different directions as Denver has won its last seven games while Oakland has dropped five in a row. The Raiders have already been eliminated from playoff contention, while Denver has wrapped up the division title.

NBA-SCHEDULE

Knicks at Miami, Suns entertain Mavericks

UNDATED (AP) — There are just two games on tap in the NBA this evening. In Miami there's a good matchup as the Heat play host to the Knicks in a game featuring the top two clubs in the East. New York starts the night with a record of 13-4 while Miami is 12-4.

The Knicks beat Charlotte last night but forward Carmelo Anthony suffered a deep cut in a finger while diving for a ball. His status for tonight's game is uncertain. Miami is coming off a loss to the Wizards.

The other game features two Western Conference clubs as the Suns play host to Dallas. For Phoenix, this is the first game in a lengthy stretch of home games. They will play six of their next seven games on the home court. They enter tonight's game with a four game losing streak.

The mavs are also looking to get back in the win column as they were routed by the Clippers 112-90 last night.

MLB-WINTER MEETINGS

Waiting for the big name players to move

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Baseball's winter meetings continue today in Nashville, Tenn. More and more players are signing new contracts but the big-name players, Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee), remain up for grabs.

As is the case at every winter meeting of baseball officials, there is talk of a lot of trades. In particular, there's talk of Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (ahs-DROO'-buhl kah-BREHR'-uh) being part of a big trade involving several teams.

NHL-LABOR

Talks continue

NEW YORK (AP) — Negotiators in the NHL labor dispute are back at it today. Nine hours of talking yesterday followed eight hours the day before. Representatives from both sides said Wednesday's long talks were "candid" and offered some sense of hope by announcing negotiations would resume today.

It isn't known what progress, if any, was made, but owners and players understand that an agreement must be reached soon if they hope to get the game back on the ice this season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Cards keep coach/Red Wolves get one

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Charlie Strong is staying at Louisville. The football coach says he has turned down an offer from Tennessee and will stay with the Cardinals.

Strong is 24-14 in three seasons at Louisville.

The No. 22 Cardinals, who are 10-2, won a share of the Big East Conference championship and a BCS berth in the Sugar Bowl, where they'll face Florida.

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas State says defensive coordinator John Thompson will serve as interim coach for the Red Wolves as they prepare to play No. 25 Kent State in the GoDaddy.com bowl next month.

Thompson takes over for Gus Malzahn, who's leaving Arkansas State for Auburn after one season. Malzahn led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record and a Sun Belt Conference championship.

FORMULA ONE

Report: Turkey to rejoin F1 circuit

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The state-run news agency in Turkey says authorities have agreed "in principle" that Istanbul will return to the Formula One calendar in 2013. Turkey joined the F1 calendar in 2005, but was dropped in 2012 following a disagreement with F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone over the fee to stage the race.

The Istanbul Park's testing circuit was popular with many of the drivers.

GOLF

Thompson remains in the hunt

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. teenager Lexi Thompson, the defending champion, is six shots off the pace after two rounds of the Dubai (doo-BY') Ladies Masters. The leader is Shanshan Feng, who birdied five of her first nine holes to shoot a 7-under 65. She leads Felicity Johnson by four shots, while American Cindy Lacrosse is one of four players five shots off the lead.

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