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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter and the Yankees worked out a $12 million, one-year deal that kept the captain from going on the open market, while Joe Nathan, Jose Veras, Ubaldo Jimenez, Kurt Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez were among the players who became free agents Friday.

The Mets declined their option on injured pitcher Johan Santana, while Boston exercised its option on pitcher Jon Lester.

Toronto exercised options on closer Casey Janssen, first baseman Adam Lind and infielder Mark DeRosa and declined an option on infielder Munenori Kawasaki.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston is preparing for a World Series parade that's expected to draw hundreds of thousands of Red Sox fans into the city to thank the team for a remarkable season.

The parade is set to begin Saturday morning. The players will climb aboard 24 amphibious vehicles at Fenway Park and travel through the city before going into the Charles River.

Security will be tight during the event, with extra police on hand throughout the day and random searches of backpacks along the parade route.

BOSTON (AP) - The beards are coming off for World Series Most Valuable Player David Ortiz and outfielder Shane Victorino.

The two Red Sox players will shave Monday as part of a promotion.

Suddenly famous bullpen policeman Steve Horgan and a fan chosen by social media will join them during a shave-off at Gillette headquarters in Boston.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri Supreme Court is weighing whether a legal standard that protects sports teams from being sued over fan injuries caused by in-game events should also apply to those caused by mascots or other team personnel.

The court's ruling on John Coomer's lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals could affect how major sports teams engage their fans during games.

Coomer says he was hit in the eye by a foil-wrapped hotdog thrown by the Royals' mascot four years ago. The Kansas man says he's had to endure two eye surgeries and that his vision was permanently damaged.

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PRO FOOTBALL

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely without pay for another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Blackmon was previously suspended the first four games of this season for violating the policy.

The Jaguars acknowledged he has a problem after at least his third violation in about 18 months.

''All of us who are a part of the Jaguars family care very deeply about Justin and his well-being,'' general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement. ''That said, he must be held accountable and accept the consequences announced today by the NFL.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A federal judge in Minnesota gave final approval to a $50 million settlement in the complicated court fight over publicity rights for retired NFL players, calling it a ''one-of-a-kind, and a remarkable victory for the class as a whole.''

The NFL and the retired players reached the agreement in March, and U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson gave preliminary approval in April. But 19 players had filed objections, with some saying direct payments won't be made to the former players and that varying benefits will be unfairly distributed.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Christian Ponder will start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier tabbed Ponder over Josh Freeman.

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PRO BASKETBALL

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant is making steady progress in his injury recovery, although the Los Angeles Lakers star is likely still weeks from a return to the court.

Before Friday night's game with the San Antonio Spurs, Bryant said he's running on flat ground ''a little bit more aggressively'' and improving the flexibility in his ankle. Bryant also works out regularly on a special treadmill at the Lakers' training complex.

While Bryant isn't projecting a return date, he has said he would need about three weeks of conditioning work before returning to practice. He thinks this week counts toward that total.

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GOLF

SHANGHAI (AP) - Dustin Johnson tied the course record with a 9-under 63, four shots better than anyone else Friday, and built a five-shot lead in the HSBC Champions.

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).

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Fred Couples took the second-round lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship, shooting his second straight 6-under 65 in the Champions Tour's season-ending event.

First-round leader Peter Senior bogeyed the 18th for a 69 to fall two strokes back.

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PRO HOCKEY

DALLAS (AP) - Semyon Varlamov started for the Colorado Avalanche in their 3-2 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars two days after he spent the night in jail while prosecutors considered whether he should be charged with assaulting his girlfriend.

The 25-year-old Varlamov was arrested on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault. He turned himself in on Wednesday, and on Thursday, Varlamov was released on a $5,000 bond during a court appearance in Denver.

Varlamov was allowed to travel with the team for Friday night's game but is ordered to stay away from girlfriend Evgenia Vavrinyuk, among other restrictions.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Carl Pelini's surprising departure from Florida Atlantic took another turn when school officials released sworn affidavits from two people - including a member of Pelini's staff - alleging that the football coach was seen using marijuana and cocaine.

FAU assistant coach Matt Edwards told officials that he witnessed Pelini smoking marijuana in Key West, Fla. on Oct. 19, the Saturday of an off week for the Owls. That was echoed by another person, Allison Stewart, who also said she got a text message from the now-former Owls coach one day later in which he was ''admitting that he uses drugs on occasion.''

Edwards remains on the staff, and is expected to be coaching Saturday when Florida Atlantic plays host to Tulane in Boca Raton, Fla. Brian Wright has replaced Pelini as head coach, on an interim basis.

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AUTO RACING

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Ty Dillon led 130 of the 147 laps for a dominating milestone victory at Texas, while Matt Crafton moved closer to a NASCAR Truck Series season championship with another top-10 finish.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Jimmie Johnson qualified third for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Texas, 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. Edwards earned his first pole at Texas, where he is the only three-time Cup winner.

The polesitter has won the last two races at the high-banked 1 1/2-mile track.

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TENNIS

PARIS (AP) - Novak Djokovic won his 15th straight match and Roger Federer beat a top-10 player for the first time since January, setting up a semifinal match between the two at the Paris Masters.

Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4, and Federer overcame Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Ana Ivanovic wasted a 5-2 lead in the third set to lose 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1) to Elena Vesnina in their last group match at the season-ending Tournament of Champions, but still advanced to the semifinals at the expense of her opponent.

Samantha Stosur and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also secured spots in the semis. They join Simona Halep, who had already qualified.

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