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Sports news briefs — Oct. 4

Compiled from wire reports

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basketball

NBA suspends Kidd for first two games

• Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd was suspended Friday for two games after pleading guilty in a drunken driving case.

The NBA announced Kidd will miss the first two games of the season. The Nets open at Cleveland on Oct. 30 and host the defending champion Miami Heat on Nov. 1.

Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge after he crashed into a utility pole on eastern Long Island on July 15, 2012. He was treated at a hospital for minor injuries. He returned to court Monday after completing community service and his plea was reduced to a violation, driving while ability impaired.

Kidd will make his coaching debut when the Nets travel to Orlando on Nov. 3.

Kidd, 40, retired as a player in June after a 19-year NBA career and was hired weeks later to coach the Nets — the team he took to two NBA Finals when the franchise played in New Jersey. He helped the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 title.

• UCLA junior forward Kacy Swain is out for the season because of a right knee injury. The Bruins say an MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Swain averaged 3.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game last year and was second on the team in blocked shots. Her absence leaves UCLA with just two healthy forwards to start the season.

auto racing

Hamilton is fastest in F1 practice runs

• Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton got the better of runaway Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel by setting the fastest time in Friday’s practice for the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam, South Korea. Today’s qualifying again shapes up as being a shootout between Mercedes and Red Bull, with Hamilton’s teammate Nico Rosberg and the Red Bulls of Vettel and Mark Webber all within two-tenths of a second of the leading time.

• IndyCar’s return to Houston got off to a bumpy start Friday, literally. A bump in the concrete in Turn 1 at Reliant Park delayed practice Friday while IndyCar officials erected a chicane of tires that drivers had to navigate their way around when they finally got on the course. The race promoter was bringing in equipment Friday night to grind down the bump for a more permanent fix. The area typically stores the grass from the Houston Texans field between games. Qualifying was postponed until this morning for the first race of the doubleheader. IndyCar will hold qualifying for Sunday’s race that morning.

 Guy Smith took his first American Le Mans Series pole position of the season Friday at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. Smith had a lap at 122.670 mph on the 3.27-mile road circuit in the No. 16 Lola-Mazda for Dyson Racing. It was the British driver’s first pole since Lime Rock Park last year. Ryan Briscoe took the P2 class pole position in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports Honda prototype with a lap of 117.961 mph, and Dane Cameron topped the Prototype Challenge field at 115.577 mph in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA prototype. The GT class pole position went to Maxime Martin in the No. 55 BMW Z4. Damien Faulkner took the GT Challenge pole for the all-Porsche class.

golf

American has lead in China LPGA event

• American Jessica Korda shot a 5-under 68 to take a 2-stroke lead after the second round of the smog-shrouded Reignwood Classic in Beijing.

• Britain and Ireland trimmed Continental Europe’s lead to one point in the Seve Trophy after the second day of fourballs in Saint-Nom-La-Breteche, France. Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano equaled the biggest winning margin in the tournament’s history with a 6 and 5 win over Britain and Ireland’s Paul Lawrie and Stephen Gallacher to help Europe lead 5½-4½.

— From wire reports


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