Jones fills Vols' vacancy...Cards sign Choate...Gasol out again tonight

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Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 3:35 PM

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Butch Johnson has left Cincinnati to take over the football program at Tennessee. He's the third straight Bearcats coach to use the job as a stepping stone. His predecessor, Brian Kelly, left for Notre Dame and Mike D'Antonio landed at Michigan State.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton released a statement today saying that basketball player Josh Jones is in good spirits and doing well after fainting before last night's game at Nebraska and being taken to a hospital. There's no word as to his status for the 16th-ranked Bluejays home game against Akron on Sunday.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Veteran reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals have finalized a three-year deal for $7.5 million. The 37-year-old lefty split time between the Marlins and Dodgers last season while making a major league-high 80 appearances.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —Things aren't getting any easier for the Lakers, with word that veteran forward Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') is expected to miss his third straight game with tendinitis in his knees when L.A. plays at Oklahoma City tonight. The Lakers are a game below .500 while the Thunder are 15-4 and working on a six-game winning streak.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — LPGA Championship winner Shanshan Feng of China fired a 5-under 67 today to grab a five-stroke lead with one round to play at the Dubai Ladies Masters. Defending champion Lexi Thompson of the U.S. matched par in round three and is 11 shots out with 18 holes to play in the Ladies European Tour's season-ending event.

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