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Sports briefs: Nov. 2


Blackmon suspended, again

Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely without pay for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Blackmon was previously suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the policy.

Blackmon's suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of the 2014 season.

Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier announced Friday. Most thought Frazier would go back to Josh Freeman against the Cowboys after Ponder failed to impress last week against Green Bay, but the coach said Ponder gives the team the best chance to win.


Truex Jr. lands at Furniture Row Racing

Martin Truex Jr. has a new full-time ride, agreeing to a multiyear deal to drive for Furniture Row Racing.

The expected announcement Friday came about two months after Truex appeared to have made the Sprint Cup championship with Michael Waltrip Racing. But NASCAR determined that MWR manipulated the finish of the Sept. 7 race at Richmond to get Truex in the Chase. Truex was later tossed from the Chase, along with other sanctions.

The fallout cost Truex his job at MWR when sponsor NAPA Auto Parts later said it was leaving at the end of the season. With Kurt Busch driving the No. 78 Chevrolet, Furniture Row this season became the first single-car team to qualify for the Chase. Busch is moving to Stewart-Haas Racing next season.

Jimmie Johnson qualified third for the AAA Texas 500 at Fort Worth, one row ahead of Matt Kenseth. Johnson and Kenseth are tied for the points lead going into Sunday's race.

Carl Edwards starts on the pole after a qualifying lap of 196.114 mph on Friday. Edwards earned his first pole at Texas, where he is the only three-time Cup winner.

Jeff Gordon starts eighth, the same as he did in April at the track before finishing 38th because of a suspension problem. He is third in points, 27 behind Johnson and Kenseth.


Philly rallies for second time in a row

Philadelphia got off to surprising 2-0 start to the season after it came back against Washington on the road, two days after it mounted a big comeback over the Miami Heat at home. Thaddeus Young led the way with 29 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers. Ex-Cat John Wall had 26 points, six assists and three steals for the Wizards, who led 54-44 at halftime.

Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were the leaders for Charlotte in a 90-84 win over Cleveland, a day after having their respective contract options picked up. Walker had 22 points and six assists, while Kidd-Gilchrist finished with 15 points and six rebounds.

■ Former UK standout Anthony Davis tallied 26 points, 17 rebounds — eight offensive for a career-high — and three blocks for New Orleans in a 110-90 loss at Orlando.


Arkansas's Madden receives suspension

Arkansas guard Rashad "Ky" Madden will be suspended for two exhibition games and the season opener for a violation of team rules, Coach Mike Anderson said Friday.

Madden averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game last season for the Razorbacks, who went 19-13.


Jeter signs one-year, $12 million deal

In a sign of confidence Derek Jeter will return to shortstop next season, the New York Yankees agreed Friday to a $12 million, one-year deal with their captain.

Jeter, who turns 40 next June, was limited to 17 games this year after breaking his ankle in the 2012 playoffs. He spent four stints on the disabled list in the most frustrating season of his 19-year career.

Brian Buchanan will be back in 2014 for a second year as manager of the Lexington Legends. The Kansas City Royals announced the 2014 field staff for each of their minor league affiliates Friday .

Buchanan will be joined on the Legends' staff by pitching coach Steve Merriman, hitting coach Abraham Nunez and bench coach Glenn Hubbard. Mark Keiser will return for his second year as the Legends' athletics trainer. Aaron Reis will serve as strength and conditioning coach.


Johnson takes lead after record-tying day

Dustin Johnson tied the course record at Sheshan International with a 9-under 63, four shots better than anyone else Friday, and built a five-shot lead in the HSBC Champions at Shanghai.

Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, Graeme McDowell looked over at Johnson and said, "I've probably seen 18 of the best drives I've seen all year in the last two days." Moments later, after Johnson blasted another one down the middle, McDowell saw No. 19.

Johnson became the sixth player with a 63 at Sheshan International, last achieved by Martin Kaymer in the final round in 2011. He was at 12-under 132, five shots clear of Rory McIlroy (72), Bubba Watson (69) and Boo Weekley (67).

Fred Couples took the second-round lead Friday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting his second straight 6-under 65 in the Champions Tour's season-ending event. Winless this season, Couples had a bogey-free round at TPC Harding Park.

First-round leader Peter Senior bogeyed the 18th for a 69 and fall two strokes back. Charles Schwab Cup points leader and Kenny Perry had a 71 to remain 3 under.

Adam Gary of Bowling Green was tied for second at 6-under par after two rounds of the PGA Assistant Championship at Perche Creek Golf Club in Columbia, Mo. Gary was four shots behind leader Jeffrey Schmid.


Cats run well at SEC Championships

The UK women's cross country team finished third at the Southeastern Conference Championships at Florida's Mark Bostick Golf Course, earning its highest conference meet placement since coming in second at the 2002 meet. The team placed fifth at the SEC Championships last year. The men's team was fifth overall, one spot better than the previous season.

Cally Macumber earned a First-Team All-SEC selection for the second consecutive season with a seventh-place time of 20:35.82. Matt Hillenbrand picked up Second-Team All-SEC honors after a 12th-place finish in 24:17.19. Cassidy Hale was an SEC All-Freshman Team honoree. She was the fifth first-year runner to cross the finish line and was 26th overall in 21:22.42.

■ The University of Kentucky women's soccer team earned the No. 5 seed and will meet fourth-seeded Mississippi in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Wednesday night at 8:30 at the Orange Beach SportsPlex in Orange Beach, Ala. The teams did not meet in the regular season.

The last word

Prior to the Heat's game at Brooklyn on Friday, LeBron James grew wary of being asked about the Nets, a week after Brooklyn forward Kevin Garnett called the four-time MVP out for comments he made about Garnett and Paul Pierce's move from Boston:

"I'm not answering any more questions about the Nets, KG already told me to worry about my own team."