Kobe Bryant, who accompanied the Los Angeles Lakers to China for two preseason games against the Warriors but did not play, has started jogging on hard ground.

"It's different from running on a treadmill," he said Friday in Shanghai. "It didn't feel completely strong, but it's a process. It's a pain, but you've got to do it."

Playing in the Oct. 29 season opener against the Clippers is out of the question after Bryant's offseason Achilles tendon surgery. But the Lakers declined to issue an updated timetable for his return.

Golf

Webb Simpson opened a four-shot lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. He shot an 8-under 63 to reach 15-under 127. J.J. Henry followed his 60 with a 71 to join John Senden (66), Jeff Overton (68), Chesson Hadley (66) and Jason Bohn (64) at 11 under. Jimmy Walker, winner of the Frys.com Open last week, was 3 under.

  • Amy Yang and Ju Young Pak of South Korea, Katherine Hull-Kirk and Anna Nordqvist shot 5-under 67s to share the KEB HanaBank lead in Incheon.

  • Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole for a 6-under 64 and a share of the lead with Anders Forsbrand and Dick Mast at the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C.


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    Miscellany

    Mexico's soccer federation said Victor Manuel Vucetich is out as national team coach and Miguel Herrera is in. Herrera, manager of Club America in Liga MX, is the fourth national team coach in six weeks. His job is only guaranteed through Mexico's two-leg World Cup playoff with New Zealand.

  • Penske Racing teammates Will Power, Helio Castroneves and AJ Allmendinger went 1-2-3 in qualifying for Saturday's season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, where Castroneves is trying to chase down Scott Dixon for the IndyCar title. Dixon qualified seventh at the two-mile oval. Both Castroneves and Dixon made engine changes before the weekend and will take 10-spot penalties on the starting grid.

  • Swiss driver Neel Jani took the final pole position in American Le Mans Series history in qualifying for the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The race Saturday is the last in the series that is merging with Grand-Am to form the United SportsCar Championship.

  • Japan's Tatsuki Machida won the Skate America short program, outpacing Americans Jason Brown and Adam Rippon at Joe Louis Arena to open the men's competition in the first ISU Grand Prix event of the season.

  • Rafael Nadal (fatigue) pulled out of next week's Swiss Indoors in Basel.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.