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Friday's Sports In Brief
November 16, 2013, 4:08 am

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) Jonathan Martin spent nearly seven hours going into "great detail" with the NFL counsel investigating his claims of his harassment in the Miami Dolphins' locker room. What came up in their talks, he isn't saying for now.

He would say this: He still wants to play in the NFL.

Martin - in town because the league is trying to gather information about the bullying he says he was subjected to by teammate Richie Incognito - arrived at the Manhattan office building of special investigator Ted Wells on Friday morning, and didn't emerge until shortly after sunset. Mobbed by media, he stood in the camera lights and read a statement.

"Although I went into great detail with Mr. Ted Wells and his team, I do not intend to discuss this matter publicly at this time," Martin said. "This is the right way to handle the situation.

"Beyond that, I look forward to working through the process and resuming my career in the National Football League."

After that, he and attorney David Cornwell went back into the building, later leaving via a side exit.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Percy Harvin will likely make his long-awaited debut for the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Harvin is listed as probable to play after practicing all week with the team. He was limited during practice on Wednesday but fully participated on Thursday and Friday and will likely suit up for the first time in over a year against his former team.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder says he is ready to play against Seattle on Sunday.

Coach Leslie Frazier isn't quite ready to go that far just yet.

Frazier said he would wait until Saturday to see how Ponder's injured left shoulder feels before he decides on a starting quarterback against the Seahawks. But all signs point to Ponder, who was listed as probable on the team's final injury report of the week, getting his fourth straight start.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Hall of Fame offensive lineman Mike McCormack died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 83.

During his nearly 50 years in professional football, McCormack played, coached and held several executive positions, including president of the Carolina Panthers.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A bathroom fight Friday among football players from Winston-Salem State and Virginia State during a CIAA championship game luncheon left the WSSU quarterback beaten and charges filed against a player from the other team.

The conference announced that the title game set for Saturday in Winston-Salem in North Carolina has been canceled.

Rudy Johnson, the starting quarterback for the Rams, was "viciously beaten" by members of the Virginia State team, Winston-Salem State Chancellor Donald Reaves said in a statement. He said one Virginia State player admitted his role in the beating.

School spokeswoman Nancy Young identified the suspect as 22-year-old Lamont Daniel Britt. A Forsyth County jail official says Britt, a running back from Portsmouth, Va., was being held there Friday night on a charge of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Two of the nation's top high school players say they will play at Duke next season.

Point guard Tyus Jones and center Jahlil Okafor publicly committed to the Blue Devils on Friday during nationally televised ceremonies roughly 450 miles apart.

Scout.com rates Okafor as the nation's No. 1 recruit and had Jones at No. 4.

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PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter is proving to be one costly website for J.R. Smith.

The NBA fined the New York Knicks guard $25,000 for his exchange with Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings on the social media website.

The league said the penalty was for "directing hostile and inappropriate language to another player via his Twitter account."

Smith's latest Twitter flap - he also was fined $25,000 by the NBA last year for a racy tweet - started Wednesday after Jennings made a critical comment about Smith's little brother, Chris, who also plays for the Knicks.

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SOCCER

LONDON (AP) - Cristiano Ronaldo upstaged Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a showdown of superstar forwards, sending Portugal past Sweden 1-0 in a World Cup playoff. France's hopes of qualifying took a big hit with a 2-0 loss in Ukraine.

Ronaldo transferred his prolific scoring touch from Real Madrid to the international stage, diving to head home the lone goal in the 82nd minute. The second leg is Tuesday in Stockholm.

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The United States played to an unimpressive 0-0 draw with Scotland in an exhibition game Friday, although the Americans had several strong scoring chances in the final minutes.

Substitutes Aron Johansson and Brek Shea sparked the Americans in the second half at Glasgow after they were held in check for the first 45 minutes.

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GOLF

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Defending champion Adam Scott shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to open a four-stroke lead at the Australian Masters and close in on a second consecutive win Down Under.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Henrik Stenson remained in position to win the European Tour money title, opening a one-stroke lead Friday in the season-ending World Tour Championship.

The Swede had an 8-under 64 to reach 12 under after two rounds on Jumeirah's Earth Course.

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) - Sweden's Anna Nordqvist and South Korea's So Yeon Ryu each birdied the final hole for a share of the second-round lead with Thailand's Pornanong Phatlum in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational

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