National sports briefs: Duke’s Smith penalized
DURHAM ó Duke guard Nolan Smith will sit out two games because he played in an unsanctioned summer league.
Smith said Tuesday night after the Blue Devils’ 84-48 exhibition victory over Findlay that he was suspended because he played a game with overseas players and professionals over the summer near his hometown of Washington, D.C.
The junior will miss the opener against North Carolina-Greensboro on Nov. 13 and a game three nights later against Coastal Carolina. He didn’t play in the first half against Findlay so his teammates could adjust to playing without him.
Kyle Singler led Duke with 20 points, and Jon Scheyer added 19.
n SYRACUSE, N.Y. ó Division II Le Moyne stunned Syracuse 82-79 in an exhibition.
Syracuse was ahead 79-78 with 22 seconds left, but Christopher Johnson responded with his sixth 3-pointer.
n COLLEGE PARK, Md. ó Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne each scored 14 points as Maryland breezed past Indiana of Pennsylvania 75-54.
NBAINDIANAPOLIS ó Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and Chauncey Billups added 24 to help Denver beat Indiana 111-93, lifting the Nuggets to their best start in 24 years. Tyler Hansbrough (shin) sat out.
n PHILADELPHIA ó Paul Pierce scored 21 points, Rasheed Wallace had 20 and the Boston Celtics remained unbeaten with a 105-74 victory over the 76ers.
n CLEVELAND ó LeBron James scored 27 points, Shaquille O’Neal added a season-high 21 while wearing out Washington’s big men and the Cavaliers won their third straight, beating the Wizards 102-90.
n AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ó Ben Gordon scored 23 points and Rodney Stuckey added 20 as the short-handed Pistons beat Orlando 85-80, handing the Magic their first loss of the season.
n MIAMI ó Steve Nash scored 30 points and added eight assists, and the Suns used a dominant fourth quarter to beat the Heat 104-96 in a matchup of NBA unbeatens.
n DALLAS ó Dirk Nowitzki scored a club-record 29 of his 40 points during a frantic fourth-quarter comeback and the Mavericks beat the Jazz 96-85.n OKLAHOMA CITY ó Kobe Bryant scored 31 points and hit the go-ahead jumper in overtime as the Lakers got tested in their first road game of the season, beating the Thunder 101-98.
n CHICAGO ó Luol Deng scored 24 points while grabbing a career-high 20 rebounds, and the Bulls rallied from 18 down to beat the Bucks 83-81.
n PORTLAND, Ore. ó Jamal Crawford scored 27 points off the bench and the Hawks outlasted the Trail Blazers 97-91.
MOORESVILLE ó Brad Keselowski will start his new job at Penske Racing a little early.
Keselowski will drive the No. 12 Dodge for the final three NASCAR Sprint Cup races of the season, replacing David Stremme.
Keselowski, who won the Cup race at Talladega in April, signed a deal in September to take over the No. 12 in 2010. Team owner Roger Penske opted to bring Keselowski in ahead of schedule so the driver can get jump start on next season.
The 25-year-old Keselowski is currently ranked third in the Nationwide Series points race while driving for JR Motorsports. He’ll drive the No. 22 Dodge for Penske in the Nationwide Series next year.
Stremme was 31st in points through 33 races this season.