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Louisville’s coach says he won’t leave
• After reports linking Charlie Strong to several openings in the Southeastern Conference, he said Thursday that he isn’t going anywhere. Keeping the coach had become a priority for Louisville after announcing last week it will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.
Strong turned down an offer from Tennessee on Tuesday night to replace Derek Dooley, who was fired on Nov. 18.
• The losses keep piling up for the University of Colorado football program. A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press that Butch Jones rejected an offer to become the Buffaloes’ next coach. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because Jones hadn’t publicly revealed his decision to stay at the University of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer first reported Jones withdrew his name from consideration for the Buffaloes’ job, just as he had the Purdue opening earlier in the week that subsequently went to Kent State University coach Darrell Hazell.
• Auburn hired former Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson as defensive coordinator.
• Texas President Bill Powers gave coach Mack Brown his “full support,” saying Brown will remain the Longhorns’ coach after an 8-4 regular season and missing a BCS bowl for the third consecutive year.
• Hospital officials say a Utah State basketball player who collapsed at practice and had to be revived continues to make progress but was still listed in critical condition. Intermountain Medical Center spokesman Jason Carlton says Danny Berger will remain listed as critical as long as he is in the intensive care unit at the Salt Lake City-area hospital. The 22-year-old Berger collapsed on the court during a practice Tuesday in Logan.
Schwartzel takes lead in Thailand
• Charl Schwartzel shot a 7-under-par 65 to take a 1-stroke lead after the first round of the Thailand Golf Championship in Chon Buri, Thailand.
• Shanshan Feng birdied five of her first nine holes to shoot a 7-under 65 and take a 4-stroke lead after the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters in United Arab Emirates.
• Rain washed out play in the inaugural Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, South Africa. The event opens the 2013 European Tour season and also is sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour.
NHL labor talks fail after an hour
• Talks in the NHL labor fight broke down after just one hour, and it isn’t known when the league and the players’ association will get back together. After several hours of waiting for discussions to resume for a third straight day, the conversations didn’t go well and had none of the momentum that existed Tuesday and Wednesday.
— From wire reports