Friday’s Sports In Brief
An investigation into the racially charged Miami Dolphins bullying scandal detailed widespread harassment in the team’s locker room that extended beyond the two players at the center of the probe.
The NFL-ordered report stated there was a ”pattern of harassment” committed by at least three players and extended to two lineman and an assistant trainer, all targets of vicious taunts and racist insults.
Lawyer Ted Wells released the report Friday, saying guard John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey followed Richie Incognito’s lead in harassing Jonathan Martin, who left the team in October. They threatened to rape his sister, called him a long list of slurs and bullied him for not being ”black enough.”
In a statement emailed by a league spokesman, the NFL did not make any mention of possible punishment stemming from the case.
NEW YORK (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in 2012, according to tax returns the league has submitted.
Goodell earned $35.1 million in salary, bonus and pension compensation. Based on IRS reporting guidelines, his total 2012 compensation includes a $5 million incentive payment and a $4.1 million pension payment from the 2011 lockout year that was paid in 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Prosecutors charged former NFL safety Darren Sharper with raping and drugging two women in California and disclosed he is under investigation in connection with five more drug-related rapes in three other states.
Sharper briefly appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court, where his arraignment was postponed until Feb. 20 at the request of his lawyers. They issued a statement saying he would be exonerated.
Prosecutors then filed a motion to increase Sharper’s bail to $10 million and outlined details of investigations involving him in Las Vegas, Tempe, Ariz., and New Orleans.
Sharper has not been charged in the other jurisdictions.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Carmelo Anthony said he knows ”for a fact” the Knicks won’t trade him, and said he would be open to staying in New York for less than a maximum contract.
Anthony has said he plans to become a free agent this summer. The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday, but Anthony ruled out any chance the Knicks would move him to avoid the possibility they could lose him for nothing in July.
”I know for a fact I’m not being traded,” Anthony said at the NBA’s All-Star weekend. ”There’s two things: I know for a fact I’m not being traded and I’m not going in there and saying I want to be traded.”
New York can pay him around $30 million more than any team, but Anthony said he wouldn’t insist on making the Knicks do it.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – David Stern is going from the NBA commissioner’s office to the Hall of Fame.
The recently retired Stern was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.
Stern was on a ski trip to Colorado with his wife while the NBA was holding its first All-Star weekend without him in charge since 1983.
ATLANTA (AP) – Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, died Friday after an apparent stroke. He was 71.
The Atlanta Braves said they were notified by a family member that Fregosi died early Friday in Miami, where he was hospitalized after the apparent stroke while on a cruise with baseball alumni.
Fregosi ended more than 50 years in baseball as a special assistant to Braves general manager Frank Wren.
Fregosi managed the Philadelphia Phillies to the 1993 National League pennant and the 1979 California Angels to their first American League Western Division title. He also managed the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays.
Fregosi was an infielder in the majors from 1961 to 1978, hitting .265 with 151 homers and 706 RBIs. His best seasons came with the Angels, where he was six-time All-Star as a shortstop.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Joe Girardi found out about Derek Jeter’s retirement announcement the same way almost everyone else did: when the New York Yankees captain posted a letter to the world on his Facebook page this week.
Girardi arrived at spring for his seventh season as Yankees manager, and Jeter’s decision to retire after this season dominated the opening news conference.
”I think we were probably all a little bit taken aback by it,” the manager said. ”You’re never sure how someone’s going to do it, but I had no inkling that that’s what he was thinking.”
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia has reported to spring training at a slimmed-down 275 pounds, 40 below his high.
Sabathia decided to lose the weight after a cousin, Demetrius Davis, died of a heart attack at age 45 in December 2012.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) – Starter Mat Latos had surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee while the rest of the Cincinnati Reds pitchers and catchers got physicals and worked out.
Latos is expected to be sidelined for about 10 days.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Tony Stewart is 20 pounds lighter and has a titanium rod in his surgically repaired right leg.
As far as he’s concerned, those are the only major changes since he broke two bones in his leg in an August sprint-car crash. So when the green flag drops Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway for his first race since the accident, Stewart believes it will be the same old ”Smoke” behind the wheel.
If he had any doubts – and he’s insisted he didn’t – they were alleviated by 24 smooth laps in the first of two Friday night practice sessions for the exhibition Sprint Unlimited.
All told, Stewart ran 50 laps – 125 miles – around Daytona.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Bae Sang-moon is off to another great start at the Northern Trust Open. The next step is a better finish.
Bae played bogey-free Friday on another gorgeous day at Riviera for a 5-under 66, giving him a one-shot lead over Aaron Baddeley and Robert Garrigus going into the weekend.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall had a hole-in-one and finished with a 7-under 65 to take the second-round lead in the Women’s Australian Open.
The Solheim Cup was one shot ahead of second-ranked Suzann Pettersen of Norway. Pettersen, the first-round leader after a 66, had a 68.
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) – Defending champion Bernhard Langer shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the ACE Group Classic.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Two-time Olympian Chloe Sutton broke the meet record in the 400-meter freestyle in the Arena Grand Prix event at YMCA Aquatic Center.
Sutton, from Mission Viejo, Calif., finished in 4 minutes, 10.11 seconds to edge Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Top-seeded David Ferrer defeated fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semifinals of the Copa Claro tournament in the Argentine capital.
Ferrer will play fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, the fourth seed, who defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 7-6 (7), 6-3.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Michael Russell upset third-seeded Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the quarterfinals of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships.