Thursday's Sports In Brief

Thursday's Sports In Brief
November 8, 2013, 3:52 am
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PRO FOOTBALL

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Jonathan Martin's new attorney says the Miami Dolphins tackle endured harassment from teammates that went far beyond the traditional locker room hazing, including a malicious physical attack and daily vulgar comments.

The allegations were made in a statement Thursday night by David Cornwell, hired this week as Martin's attorney.

''These facts are not in dispute,'' Cornwell said.

Martin, upset by treatment he considered abusive, left the Dolphins last week. His agent then complained to the Dolphins, who suspended guard Richie Incognito.

The NFL is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin, and whether their teammates and the organization mishandled the matter.

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak was back with his team, if only for a short visit.

He dropped in on the team at the end of practice four days after he collapsed at a game with a mini-stroke. Kubiak was not made available to the media, but interim head coach Wade Phillips shared what Kubiak said to the team.

''Mostly that he missed them and how much he missed (being here),'' Phillips said. ''(He said) You don't realize until you're away from it a little bit how much you miss the team and being around them, and that kind of thing. And that he felt good. That was his message.''

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) - Jay Cutler's time away proved shorter than the Chicago Bears originally expected.

After missing one game, the quarterback will return Sunday to face the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field following a groin tear suffered Oct. 20. Team officials originally expected Cutler to be out four weeks and then be assessed week to week, but doctors cleared Cutler to play Thursday and he practiced without a problem.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees will make alternative plans for third base if Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing isn't decided soon.

The players' association is trying to overturn a 211-game suspension given to the third baseman by Major League Baseball on Aug. 5 for alleged violations of baseball's drug program and labor contract. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has presided over eight days of hearings, which are scheduled to resume Nov. 18.

It's unclear whether the hearings will finish that week. Once testimony is complete, lawyers for both sides will need time to file briefs, and Horowitz is expected to take several weeks to make his decision.

''It's important that we know, because if we're not going to have him we need to fill that void,'' Girardi said Thursday. ''It causes us to think a lot about: Do we need a third baseman or do we not need a third baseman? So, hopefully, we'll know sooner than later.''

CHICAGO (AP) - First-time manager Rick Renteria is focused on the future of the Chicago Cubs, rather than their past failures.

Renteria preached accountability when he was introduced via teleconference as the franchise's 53rd manager. He takes on a challenging job that goes beyond merely trying to bring a winning team to Wrigley Field.

The development of young ballplayers has been labeled as one of his strengths. And with Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo needing help, the former San Diego Padres bench coach has got lots of work ahead of him with a team that finished 66-96.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MIAMI (AP) - Carl Pelini wants his job back at Florida Atlantic, asking school officials to rescind the resignation letter that he now claims he was forced to sign after being confronted with allegations that he used illegal drugs.

Pelini, who was FAU's head coach for 20 games, said he denied using the drugs, later identified in other documents as marijuana and cocaine. When FAU announced his resignation Oct. 30, athletic director Patrick Chun said Pelini and now-former defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis both acknowledged that they used drugs.

''I denied using illegal drugs three times,'' Pelini, who was 5-15 with the Owls, wrote in a letter to three FAU officials.

Chun released a statement through an athletic department spokeswoman, saying he stands ''by my statement and decision from last week.''

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PRO BASKETBALL

MILWAUKEE (AP) - No charges will be filed in a nightclub fight involving Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney's office announced the decision after reviewing the ''altercation'' that happened early Sunday.

Sanders sat out the Bucks' 109-104 victory Wednesday night over Cleveland because of a sore thumb. The team said Sanders hurt the thumb in the previous game, a loss in the home opener last week to Toronto.

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GOLF

ANTALAYA, Turkey (AP) - Playing only 10 holes because of rain and flooding, Tiger Woods struggled with his driver and was well off the lead in the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open that was cut short because of fading light.

Woods and most of the field were unable to complete their round after the start was delayed three hours. He was at 1 under after 10 holes following a bogey on No. 9 in the next-to-last event of the European Tour season.

Paul Casey was at 7 under through 14 holes at the Colin Montgomerie-designed Maxx Royal course. Ricardo Gonzalez and Thorbjorn Olesen were the clubhouse leaders after 6-under 66s. Fifteen players finished their round before darkness halted play.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Heavy fog allowed Brian Gay a quick nap, and he no longer felt so sluggish after traveling halfway around the world from Shanghai to Sea Island.

Gay had enough energy to make eight birdies on his way to a 7-under 63, giving him a share of the lead with Briny Baird among early starters in the McGladrey Classic. The opening round could not be completed because of a fog delay lasting nearly two hours.

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OLYMPICS

MOSCOW (AP) - A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the International Space Station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace.

Video streamed by the U.S. space agency NASA reported a flawless docking with the space station about six hours after the craft blasted off from Russia's manned space facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

The unlit torch for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi is to be taken on a spacewalk Saturday, then return to Earth on Monday (late Sunday EST) with three departing space station astronauts.

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TENNIS

LONDON (AP) - Defending champion Novak Djokovic joined top-ranked Rafael Nadal in ATP World Tour Finals semifinals, overcoming Juan Martin del Potro.

Djokovic, undefeated in last year's Finals, improved to 2-0 in Group B with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over the hard-hitting Argentine.

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