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Cowboys owner: A. Jones reinstated by league


The NFL is giving Adam Jones another chance. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said yesterday that the suspended cornerback has been reinstated by league commissioner Roger Goodell, but he must miss two more games - Sunday and the next game on Thanksgiving. He will be back Dec. 7 at Pittsburgh. "He much appreciates the Cowboys and Jerry Jones for standing behind him and encouraging him, and he's grateful to the commissioner," said Worrick Robinson, Adam Jones' Nashville-based attorney. Jerry Jones would not reveal any conditions the commissioner might have imposed, and the league office said it would not have any immediate comment. Jerry Jones, though, said, "He's a long way, a long way from having clear sailing." Adam Jones was suspended for the 2007 season because of multiple legal incidents while with the Tennessee Titans. During the offseason, he was traded to Dallas and then given another chance by Goodell. The Cowboys gave him a security team to help keep him in line, but Oct. 7, Jones got into an alcohol-related scuffle with one of the bodyguards during a private party. Jones spent part of his time away undergoing alcohol rehabilitation.

Jurisprudence:: The man accused of killing Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams now faces murder charges in another slaying. Willie D. Clark, 25, was indicted in Denver in the December 2006 shooting death of Kalonniann Louisa James Clark. Prosecutors said they don't believe the two were related. Also indicted in Kalonniann Clark's death was Brian Hicks, 29, who police say owned an SUV that was used in Williams' drive-by slaying on New Year's Day 2007. Willie Clark faces 39 counts, including murder, in Williams' slaying. He hasn't entered a plea.

Et cetera:: Jets quarterback Brett Favre is having too much fun leading first-place New York to even think about next season. "I don't see how anyone, aside from you guys, can focus on next year when what we're trying to do right now is win and do something this year," Favre, 39, told reporters. ... Browns tight end Kellen Winslow suffered a sprained right shoulder in Monday night's win over the Bills, an injury unlikely to keep him out for an extended period. ... The Seahawks put defensive end Patrick Kerney (shoulder) on injured reserve. ... Vikings defensive end Jared Allen will not be suspended for a spate of late hits. Coach Brad Childress said he was told by the NFL that Allen will be fined $25,000 but not punished further. Allen was fined $50,000 for two late hits this month on Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. ... Buccaneers leading rusher Earnest Graham will miss the rest of the season after injuring his right ankle during Sunday's win over the Vikings. Tampa Bay signed running back Noah Herron.

No. 14 Ball State prevails, stays perfect

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Nate Davis threw four touchdown passes and No. 14 Ball State survived a scare from host Central Michigan in a 31-24 victory that gave the Cardinals a school record for wins in a season. The victory also clinched a share of the West Division of the Mid-American Conference for Ball State (11-0, 7-0), which has never played in the league title game. The Cardinals can win the division outright with a win over Western Michigan on Tuesday. Davis hit Briggs Orsbon in the corner of the end zone from 11 yards out with 7:29 left to give Ball State a 31-24 lead. Central Michigan dropped to 8-3, 6-1.

Stanford:: Coach Jim Harbaugh, brother of Ravens coach John Harbaugh, said he plans to sign a three-year extension after the season, which would put him under contract through 2014. ESPN, citing an anonymous source, reported that the deal would be worth in excess of $1.25 million per season. Stanford (5-6, 4-4 Pacific-10) plays at California (6-4, 4-3) on Saturday.

Fewer LPGA events planned for 2009

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Even while insisting next year will be "solidly profitable," the LPGA Tour announced that it will offer three fewer tournaments in 2009 than this year, all because of sponsorship loss. Prize money also will dip by about $5 million.

College basketball:: Top-ranked North Carolina said 7-foot freshman Tyler Zeller will likely miss the rest of the season with a broken left wrist he suffered late in Tuesday night's win over Kentucky.

More college basketball:: The NCAA announced that the men's Final Four will be played at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington in 2014. It also awarded the 2016 men's Final Four to Houston. Those games will be played at Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans. The 2012 Final Four will be played at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, with finals awarded to Atlanta's Georgia Dome in 2013 and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in 2015.

Soccer:: Former D.C. United player Freddy Adu scored his first goal as a member of the U.S. national team to help the Americans win, 2-0, over Guatemala in a World Cup qualifier in Commerce City, Colo. The victory prevented Guatemala (1-3-2) from advancing out of Group 1. The U.S. (5-1) already had a spot in next year's regional finals. ... Maxi Rodriguez scored to give Diego Maradona a winning start as Argentina's coach with a 1-0 exhibition victory over host Scotland.

Tennis:: Carole Caldwell Graebner, who won doubles titles at the U.S. and Australian championships in the 1960s, died yesterday. She was 65. Graebner died in New York after a brief battle with cancer.

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