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MIAMI | The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head athletic trainer Kevin O'Neill for their roles in the team's bullying scandal.

The firings Wednesday were the first punitive steps taken by the Dolphins since a report on the NFL's investigation into the scandal was released last week.

Investigators found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. Martin left the team at midseason, and Incognito was suspended.

In a news release, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Turner and O'Neill "both exhibited poor judgment at times." Turner took part in some of the taunting, the NFL report said.

redskins' davis suspended again

WASHINGTON | Tight end Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced.

Davis said in a written statement that his violation related to a banned substance contained in a supplement.

Davis, who was suspended for the final four games of the 2011 season for violating the substance abuse policy, is eligible for free agency this offseason. He has spent his entire six-year NFL career with the Redskins. Davis had only seven catches in 10 games last season.

IN OTHER NFL NEWS

The NFL's competition committee is unlikely to make major changes to the replay system or playoffs this year, New York Giants owner John Mara said.

The Dallas Cowboys won the coin flip to break their draft-position tie with the Baltimore Ravens and will select 16th in the first round of the draft.

photo lands team in investigation

TRENTON, N.J. | School sports officials asked the state's civil rights agency to look into a photo that shows members of a high school wrestling team apparently simulating a lynching.

The photo shows seven white teens wearing Phillipsburg High School wrestling attire posed with a black tackling dummy in a Paulsboro High School wrestling shirt and hanging from a noose. Two of the boys have the hoods on their sweatshirts fixed into points.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association forwarded the picture to the state Division on Civil Rights under an anti-bullying policy.

lots of comebacks at match play

MARANA, Ariz. | Graeme McDowell pulled off the biggest surprise in an opening round of comebacks in the Match Play Championship.

McDowell, three down with three to play, then won the next three holes, and took the match on the 19th hole.

First-round losers included Zach Johnson, Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker. Seven players trailed with six holes remaining and went on to win.

Virginia Beach-based Marc Leishman lost on the fourth extra hole to Sergio Garcia. They wound up playing the longest match of the opening round.

bazemore goes to Lakers in trade

LOS ANGELES | The Golden State Warriors traded two players - including former Old Dominion star Kent Bazemore - to the Lakers for guard Steve Blake, Yahoo reported.

The Lakers will receive Bazemore and fellow guard MarShon Brooks in return for Blake, who averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 assists.

Bazemore, 24, is in his second NBA season. This year, he has averaged 2.3 points and has appeared in 44 games for Golden State.

IN OTHER NBA NEWS

Brooklyn acquired guard Marcus Thornton from Sacramento for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans.

reds, bailey agree on $105M deal

GOODYEAR, Ariz. | Starter Homer Bailey agreed to a $105 million, six-year contract that avoids arbitration and will help the Cincinnati Reds by deferring some of the salary for short periods.

Bailey was the final major league player left in arbitration this year and reached the agreement a day before his scheduled hearing in Florida. He made $5.35 million last season and had asked for $11.6 million in arbitration.

The 27-year-old Texan was coming off a season that included his second no-hitter.

IN OTHER BASEBALL NEWS

The Atlanta Braves extended the contracts of general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez. Terms were not disclosed.

in other news

An inspection of the roof and ceiling at Assembly Hall found more places where melting snow and ice had loosened steel plates inside Indiana University's basketball arena.

Defensive back Cody Riggs, who started all 12 games for Florida last season, is transferring to Notre Dame.

Former collegiate standout Steve Johnson upset No. 1 seed Tommy Haas in the first round of the Delray Beach Open.

Former Auburn basketball player Varez Ward was accepted into a pre-trial diversion program that could dismiss his point-shaving charges if he completes the program without any problems.

Bayern Munich had little trouble winning at Arsenal for the second straight year and is on the verge of its third consecutive trip to the Champions League quarterfinals. Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller scored second-half goals to give the defending champions a 2-0 victory.

 

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February 20, 2014

 

 
 

 

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