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Briefs

Cincinnati coach takes job to lead Tennessee

– New Tennessee football coach Butch Jones says he’s eager to roll up his sleeves and take over what he called “the best college football program in America.”

The 44-year-old Jones said during his introductory news conference Friday that his team “will be a champion in everything we do.”

Jones owns a 50-27 record in six seasons as a head coach. He went 27-13 in three seasons at Central Michigan and has gone 23-14 at Cincinnati the last three years.

Tennessee, which has had three straight losing seasons, had been seeking a new coach since the Nov. 18 firing of Derek Dooley, who went 15-21 in three years. The Vols pursued Jones after getting rebuffed by ESPN’s Jon Gruden and Louisville coach Charlie Strong.

AUTO RACING

Lotus out as IndyCar engine

IndyCar released Lotus from its contract, leaving Chevrolet and Honda as the only two engine suppliers for the upcoming season.

BASKETBALL

Area roundup

Scott Kohne had 24 points and seven rebounds as No. 22 Saint Francis defeated Trinity Christian College 76-57 in Winona Lake. Josh Hogan added 20 points for the Cougars (9-2). Coach Chad LaCross won his 60th game at Saint Francis, becoming the fastest men’s basketball coach to reach the mark in program’s history. … Greg Miller scored 24 points for Grace (6-2) in an 84-69 home victory against Wilberforce.

BOXING

Fourth time for Pacquiao, Marquez

Juan Manuel Marquez will try to do what he hasn’t been able to do in 36 evenly contested rounds against Manny Pacquiao – get a decision from the ringside scorecards – when the fighters meet tonight in Las Vegas for the fourth time.

GOLF

Around the links

European Tour player Marcus Fraser of Australia shot a second consecutive 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian Open in Sydney. …

In Chon Buri, Thailand, Charl Schwartzel increased his lead to four strokes at the Thailand Golf Championship with another 7-under 65 in the second round. …

In Naples, Fla., Davis Love III and Brandt Snedeker shot a 10-under 62 on in modified alternate-shot play to take the first-round lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout. …

In Durban, South Africa, the start of the Nelson Mandela Championship was delayed for a second straight day after heavy rain.

… In Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Shanshan Feng shot a 5-under 67 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.

SKIIING

Vonn falls in race in Switzerland

Tina Maze of Slovenia won her third race of the season a World Cup super-combined event in St. Moritz, Switzerland, to extend her lead in the overall standings. Lindsey Vonn, who placed fourth in the Super-G, lost control while turning in her slalom run and didn’t finish.

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