Monday's Sports In Brief

Monday's Sports In Brief
November 5, 2013, 4:36 am
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PRO FOOTBALL

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) In the stadium program sold at the Miami Dolphins' game on Halloween, Richie Incognito was asked who's the easiest teammate to scare. His answer: Jonathan Martin.

The troubled, troubling relationship between the two offensive linemen took an ominous turn with fresh revelations: Incognito sent text messages to his teammate that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said.

Martin, a tackle, remained absent from practice one week after he suddenly left the team because of emotional issues. Also missing was Incognito, a guard suspended indefinitely late Sunday by coach Joe Philbin for his treatment of Martin.

Agents for the two players didn't respond to requests for comment. Martin is with his family in Los Angeles for counseling.

HOUSTON (AP) - Andre Johnson stood in Houston's locker room after the first practice without his hospitalized coach and wondered aloud whether the Texans' freefall this season could have contributed to his Gary Kubiak's health problems.

The Texans are trying to pick up the pieces in a season that started with so much promise. Houston was expected to contend for a Super Bowl this season and started 2-0 before losing six straight games, struggling with injuries and bad play. The Texans blew an 18-point lead Sunday night against the Colts before falling 27-24.

By the time the game ended, the 52-year-old Kubiak was in a Houston hospital. He collapsed on the field at halftime, appearing to wince in pain before he was put on a stretcher and hustled to an ambulance. Kubiak was to remain hospitalized until at least Tuesday, the team said. The Texans have not released what's wrong with Kubiak, saying only that he experienced ''dizziness and a light-headed feeling'' during the game.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - One of John Fox's favorite sayings is ''Next man up.'' Whenever a starter goes out, his replacement needs to step right in and keep things rolling.

This time, that next man up is defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who's in charge of the Denver Broncos while their head coach recovers from heart surgery.

While Del Rio was running his first practice as the Broncos interim coach, Fox was in the recovery room at Carolinas HeathCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, N.C., after having his aortic valve replaced in an operation he had hoped to delay until after the Super Bowl.

Del Rio takes over a 7-1 team that's the prohibitive Super Bowl favorite even though the Broncos trail the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) in their own division.

Fox's wife, Robin, issued a statement through the team that said Fox's operation went well and he was being monitored in the hospital's post-operative critical care unit.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder early in the first quarter.

Rodgers was hurt when he was sacked from behind by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin after scrambling right on third-and-8 at the Bears 9 about 3 1/2 minutes into the game. The injury was to his left shoulder.

A trainer looked at Rodgers' upper body on the bench. Rodgers took a few tosses on the sideline, then was attended to again before running inside Lambeau Stadium for more evaluation.

Rodgers hasn't missed a game because of injury since Dec. 19, 2010, when he had a concussion. Backup Seneca Wallace took over for Rodgers.

BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez tested positive for a banned stimulant in 2006, The New York Times reported, an accusation denied by a representative of the legal team for the New York Yankees' third baseman.

The newspaper cited two unidentified people involved with baseball's drug-testing program.

Baseball's joint drug agreement specifies the discipline for a first positive test for a banned stimulant is six additional unannounced drug tests over the year following the violation. A second stimulant violation would result in a 25-game suspension.

Rodriguez's legal team accused MLB of leaking the allegation of a positive test, using a statement and making a filing to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Lanny Davis, a former Clinton administration official working for Rodriguez's legal team, denied the player tested positive, the Times said. James McCarroll, a lawyer for the three-time AL MVP, did not address whether Rodriguez had a positive test, only that he was not banned.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox will join holdovers George Steinbrenner and Marvin Miller on the Hall of Fame expansion era committee ballot next month.

Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Billy Martin and Ted Simmons also are held over from the 2010 ballot, while Dave Parker and Dan Quisenberry have been added. Vida Blue, Ron Guidry, Al Oliver and Rusty Staub have been dropped.

The committee will gather at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and its vote will be announced there Dec. 9.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Oklahoma State sophomore guard Marcus Smart was the only unanimous selection to The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott was named on all but two of the 65 ballots from the national media panel. Louisville senior Russ Smith, Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins and Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary were the rest of the first team.

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