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NFL

Source: Dolphins’ Martin to
meet with NFL investigator

DAVIE, Fla. – Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will meet late next week in Los Angeles with the NFL’s special investigator to discuss allegations in the team’s harassment scandal, a person familiar with the situation said yesterday.

Meeting with Martin will be Ted Wells, a senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases. Wells was appointed Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins’ workplace and prepare a report that will be made public.

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was suspended in the wake of allegations by Martin, who is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues. Wells is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin, and whether their teammates and the organization mishandled the matter.

There were no plans for Incognito to meet with Martin, two people familiar with the situation told the AP on condition of anonymity because the NFL investigation is ongoing.

NFL

Buccaneers place RB Martin on IR

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin will miss the remainder of the season with a left shoulder injury that’s sidelined him the past two games.

The second-year pro was placed on injured reserve yesterday. He started the first six games this season, rushing for 456 yards and one touchdown before being injured against Atlanta on Oct. 20.

NFL

Texans RB Foster out tomorrow

HOUSTON – Houston running back Arian Foster will miss tomorrow’s game against Arizona with an injured back.

The Pro Bowler didn’t practice all week after injuring his back on Houston’s first series against Indianapolis last week. He also missed most of Houston’s previous game with a hamstring problem.

Ben Tate, who is still recovering from four broken ribs, is expected to start in his place.

NHL

Panthers fire Coach Dineen, two assistants in midst of 7-game skid

SUNRISE, Fla. – Kevin Dineen was fired yesterday as coach of the Florida Panthers.

The team made the announcement one day after their losing streak reached seven with a 4-1 loss at Boston. Also fired were assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay.

Peter Horachek is the Panthers’ interim head coach. He has been the coach of the team’s AHL affiliate in San Antonio. The Panthers also hired former players Brian Skrudland and John Madden as assistant coaches.

The Panthers have three wins in 16 games this season and are 14th in the Eastern Conference. Dineen was 56-62-28 in parts of three seasons, leading the Panthers to the 2012 Southeast Division title.

NBA

Bobcats: Coach Clifford has
‘successful’ heart procedure

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Bobcats announced that Coach Steve Clifford underwent a successful procedure yesterday to have two stents placed in his heart.

Bobcats President Of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins said in release yesterday that Clifford is “resting comfortably” in the hospital but it’s too early to know when he’ll return to work. Higgins said Clifford checked himself into the hospital Thursday night because he was suffering from chest pains.

Clifford, 52, joined the Bobcats this offseason after spending last year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing served as Charlotte’s acting head coach against the New York Knicks last night.

TENNIS

Nadal wins, Wawrinka advances

LONDON – Rafael Nadal held off Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, to finish the round robin 3-0 and win his group at the ATP World Tour Finals, allowing Stanislas Wawrinka to join him in the last four.

Wawrinka beat David Ferrer, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-1, but needed Nadal to win to advance to the semifinal.

Nadal lost his grip on the match in the second set, dropping his serve twice. The Spaniard had already qualified from Group A after winning his first two matches, clinching the year-end No. 1 ranking the process.

GOLF

Kirk overcomes the wind for lead

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Chris Kirk had a chip-in birdie, another birdie from off the green and one long par save to take the lead yesterday in the McGladrey Classic.

Playing in the worst of chilly, blustery conditions at Sea Island, Kirk ran off five birdies on the back nine. He made a 40-foot birdie putt off the green on the 11th hole, and chipped in from nearly 60 feet on the tough 14th hole. And thanks to a 25-foot par putt on No. 8, he was able to post his second straight round of 4-under 66.

Kirk was at 8-under 132, one shot ahead of Kevin Chappell (68), Webb Simpson (68) and Briny Baird (70).

John Senden was 7 under with one hole to play when the round was stopped by darkness.

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