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Grambling forfeit dulls foe’s festivities JACKSON, MISS. (AP) — Grambling’s decision not to travel to Jackson State for Saturday’s football game did not stop the homecoming festivities on the Mississippi campus. The music was blaring, the barbecue roasting and good times were all around outside of Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning. It looked like a typical JSU homecoming celebration, complete with gorgeous 70-degree weather, a parade and — of course — a performance by the school’s popular marching band, the Sonic Boom of the South. The game between Grambling (0-8) and Jackson State (62) was canceled and declared a forfeit Friday after disgruntled Grambling players refused to travel from their Louisiana campus because of issues they have with leaders of the athletic department and the university. “It’s not the way I really like to win, but I’ll take it,� Jackson State coach Rick Comegy said on Saturday. “I feel sorry for our kids, the seniors, who are playing their last homecoming game, not having the opportunity to have their families enjoy it like in the past.� Grambling spokesman Will Sutton said Saturday that players were given the weekend off and are scheduled to practice Monday. He says university officials are meeting this weekend, and are in touch with several players on the football team, in an effort to try to reach a resolution to the unusual situation. Grambling’s entire athletic program has struggled amid budget cuts and scholarship reductions. The football team recently traveled by bus to recent games in Kansas City and Indianapolis and the men’s basketball team was 0-28 last season. The football team has been through two coaching changes this season. Doug Williams was fired after just two games and interim coach George Ragsdale was replaced by Dennis “Dirt� Winston on Thursday. Grambling football players reportedly walked out of a contentious meeting with administration on Tuesday because of differences on how the program should be run. Players skipped practice on Wednesday and Thursday and then didn’t make the 21⠄2-hour trip to Jackson on Friday. Sutton confirmed one of the players’ concerns was about travel. The team recently took buses to games in Kansas City and Indianapolis. “When you have your budget slashed by 57 percent, you have to make choices,� Sutton said, adding that the school would “love� to fly the team on long away games but that Grambling was contractually obligated to take its band, cheerleaders and dance team on those trips. He said those obligations led to the difficult choice to put everyone on buses. Southwestern Athletic Conference Commissioner Duer Sharp said the situation was unusual, and to his knowledge, a first for the conference. He said Grambling would be fined, according to league rules. Sutton said the Grambling plans to play its scheduled home game next Saturday against Texas Southern. It is the school’s annual High School Day, which draws in many prospective students from around the region. With the forfeit to Jackson State, Grambling has now lost 18 straight games against NCAA opponents. It’s been a logistical nightmare for Jackson State, which usually draws at least 20,000 fans to homecoming. The school decided to have a short scrimmage at the stadium that fans could attend for free, while working on refunds for those who had already bought tickets. Jackson State’s athletic budget is around $6 million, and the school relies heavily on football revenue.

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WASHINGTON’S JOHN WALL DUNKS during an NBA exhibition game against New Orleans on Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Wall and Pelicans players Anthony Davis and Darius Miller returned to their college court for the preseason game.

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UK alumni return to Rupp for NBA preseason LEXINGTON, KY. — Anthony Davis, John Wall and Darius Miller aren’t so far into their NBA careers that they’ve forgotten their college days as Kentucky standouts. Recalling those fond memories was easy after Saturday night’s preseason game at Rupp Arena that served as a homecoming for the trio of former Wildcats. Davis and Miller, members of Kentucky’s 2012 NCAA championship team, returned with the New Orleans Pelicans to face a Washington Wizards squad featuring Wall, who led the 2009-10 Wildcats team within a game of the Final Four. And in fitting fashion for a top-notch shot blocker, Davis rejected Bradley Beal’s late drive attempt to preserve the Pelicans’ 93-89 victory before 14,980 fans. He finished with 16 points, four rebounds and two blocks. “It was fun, really fun just to get that win,� Davis said. “The crowd was awesome, both teams were awesome. It was a great battle, and I hope everybody enjoyed themselves.� Davis and Wall eagerly anticipated playing before the Wildcats faithful for the first time as professionals. Miller didn’t play because of a stress fracture in his left foot, but he echoed their sentiments. The NBA exhibition game was Rupp’s first since 2000. Davis and Wall drew the loudest cheers in Saturday’s introductions, and Kentucky native Miller got a rousing ovation when he was recognized during timeouts. The reception for Davis and Miller was expected, considering Wildcats fans still have fresh memories of the dominant team that won Kentucky’s eighth national championship two years ago led by the 6-foot-10 Davis, a consensus first team All-American selection and national player of the year. The two Wildcats were part of a school-record six players that were drafted in 2012, Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist going 1-2 overall. Fan reaction upon returning reminded Miller of how special it was playing for the Wildcats and at Rupp. “It’s been really nice for me,� said Miller, who went 46th overall to the Pelicans (then Hornets) in 2012. “They’ve shown me a great amount of love throughout my whole career and I really appreciate it. Just coming back and getting to spend time with them and see everybody has been great.� Wall got an electric welcome as well. The guard led coach John Calipari’s first Kentucky squad within a game of reaching the Final Four before the following squad broke through the next season. Wall left after one season and went on to become the first Wildcat drafted No. 1 overall, leading five Kentucky selections in the first round, including DeMarcus Cousins. Memories of his Wildcat career make him wonder what could have been had he stayed for four years, but returning reminded him of how great his brief stay was. “You get chills coming back here, knowing this is where you played and how the fans treat you and give you a lot of support,� Wall said.

GOLF

Simpson 4 ahead in Vegas LAS VEGAS — Webb Simpson maintained a four-stroke lead Saturday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, birdieing four of the last seven holes at TPC Summerlin Making his first start since helping the U.S. win the Presidents Cup, the 2012 U.S. Open champion shot a 4-under 67 to reach 19 under. He opened with rounds of 64 and 63. Chesson Hadley was second after a 67, reaching 15 under with an eagle on the par-5 16th. The Web.com Tour Championship winner last month, Hadley is making his fourth career PGA Tour start. Jeff Overton was third at 14 under after a 68. Jason Bohn had a 69 to reach 13 under, and Sean O’Hair shot a 63 to join first-round leader J.J. Henry, defending champion Ryan Moore, William McGirt, Ryo Ishikawa and Russell Knox at 12 under. After opening with a course-record 60, Henry has shot 71-70. McGirt shot 64, Ishikawa had a 68, and Moore and Knox shot 69.

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Langer leads at Greater Hickory CONOVER, N.C. — Bernhard Langer overcame a bad start to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Classic. Second behind Kenny Perry in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, Langer bogeyed the first two holes on the reconfigured Rock Barn layout, then made six birdies for a 4-under 66. The German star had a 10-under 130 total. Michael Allen, Brad Bryant and John Riegger were tied for second. Allen shot 65, Bryant had a 66, and Riegger a 67. Bruce Vaughan, who won the qualifying tournament to make the field, shot a 62 to join Olin Browne at 7 under. Browne had a 68. Perry was tied for 17th at 3 under after a 69.

PRO FOOTBALL

Broncos activate Von Miller ENGLEWOOD, COLO. — The Denver Broncos have activated All-Pro linebacker Von Miller following his six-game drug suspension. To make room, the Broncos waived wide receiver Tavarres King, whom they’d promoted from their practice squad earlier in the week to keep him from joining the Green Bay Packers. The speedy King was a fifth-round draft pick from Georgia. He had vowed to make the most of his promotion, saying he’d learned his lessons after failing to make the final cut in camp. Miller returned to practice Wednesday after serving his ban for violating the league’s drugabuse policy. Miller has 30 sacks in his first two seasons and guaranteed a Super Bowl victory in the offseason. He makes his debut tonight when the Broncos (6-0) visit the Colts (4-2).

Source: Titans to start Locker NASHVILLE, TENN. — Jake Locker will start at quarterback for the Tennessee Titans today against the San Francisco 49ers, a person familiar with the situation said. Titans coaches and trainers met Saturday and decided Locker should start rather than backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, the person told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Titans did not announce the decision. Locker sprained his right hip and knee Sept. 29 against the Jets. He returned to practice Wednesday with brace on his sprained right knee and did more each day, and the Titans gave him a slight majority of the work Friday.

AUTO RACING

Talladega qualifying rained out TALLADEGA, ALA. — Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway has been rained out. The 43-car field today is now set based on speeds from the first practice session on the 2.66-mile trioval. That means Aric Almirola will start from the pole, with Jeff Burton claiming the outside spot on the front row. Almirola’s teammate, Marcus Ambrose, gets the third spot. Series leader Matt Kenseth will start from the 12th spot. His closest challenger, Jimmie Johnson, is in the 11th position. Officials attempted to dry the track, but the rain continued through midday. With a truck race scheduled for Saturday afternoon and no lights at Talladega, NASCAR ran out of time to get in the qualifying session.

Sauter wins Talladega Truck TALLADEGA, ALA. — Johnny Sauter raced to his third NASCAR Truck Series victory of the season Saturday, surviving a huge crash on the final turn at Talladega Superspeedway that took out Kyle Busch and everyone else racing at the front of the pack . Three sets of trucks paired up in the closing laps — Sauter with series leader Matt Crafton, Busch with Dakoda Armstrong, and Ross Chastain with Parker Kligerman.

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Minnesota v. N.Y. Giants 7:25 p.m. ESPN 33, 233 Pro Hockey

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Colorado v. Pittsburgh 6:30p.m. NBCSP 38, 238 Soccer

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Crystal Palace v. Fulham 1:55p.m. NBCSP 38, 238

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