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Weekend Sports In Brief
November 11, 2013, 5:22 am

PRO FOOTBALL

MIAMI (AP) Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito says teammate Jonathan Martin sent him a threatening text message as an apparent joke only a week before their relationship became the subject of a harassment case that has prompted an NFL investigation.

In an interview with Fox Sports, Incognito said he never took the threat seriously. Incognito said he regrets the racist and profane language he used with Martin, but said it stemmed from a culture of locker-room "brotherhood," not bullying.

Incognito said Martin also sent him a friendly text four days after leaving the team to undergo counseling for emotional issues. The message came on the heels of the Dolphins' overtime victory against Cincinnati.

Martin left the team two weeks ago, and Cornwell alleges the second-year pro was harassed daily by teammates, including Incognito. Martin hasn't spoken publicly but will discuss the case late next week with a special investigator hired by the league.

GOLF

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Chris Kirk survived a wild back nine to win the McGladrey Classic, thanks to one big mistake by Briny Baird that kept him winless in 365 starts on the PGA Tour.

Kirk closed with a 4-under 66 for his second career win, though he received plenty of help from Baird. They were tied for the lead playing the 18th hole at Sea Island when Baird drove into a fairway bunker, the ball blow his feet. He topped a 4-iron that went about 90 yards and into a hazard.

Kirk, who finished at 14-under 266, only had to make par for a one-shot win over Baird (67) and Tim Clark (62).

The victory sends Kirk to the Masters for the first time. He had been living at Sea Island for the last six years until moving back to Atlanta. It was a crushing loss for Baird, who now has six runner-up finishes since the 41-year-old first joined the PGA Tour in 1999.

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) - Masters champion Adam Scott won the storm-delayed Australian PGA in his first home event since winning at Augusta National, beating American Rickie Fowler by four strokes.

Scott finished with a 4-under 67 at Royal Pines for a 14-under 270 total. Fowler shot 68.

Scott and Fowler marked their balls on the 12th fairway after a severe storm warning suspended play with Scott holding a one-shot lead. When Scott returned, his iron shot from the fairway nearly holed out for an albatross and he made the 1-foot eagle putt.

ANTALAYA, Turkey (AP) - France's Victor Dubuisson won the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open for his first European Tour title, beating Wales' Jamie Donaldson by two strokes.

Dubuisson closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 24-under 264. Donaldson had a hole-in-one at the 16th in a 63.

Tiger Woods and Justin Rose tied for third, four shots back. Woods, who won't play again until the World Challenge on Dec. 5 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., shot 67. Rose had a 65.

SHIMA, Japan (AP) - Taiwan's Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for a two-stroke victory.

The 25-year-old Lu, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, shot an 8-under 64 in windy, wet conditions. She finished at 14-under 202 and earned $180,000 for her first professional title.

South Korea's Chella Choi had a 66 to finish second.

American Stacy Lewis, the 2012 winner, tied for eighth at 7 under after a 70. Brittany Lincicome had a 77 to tie for 29th at 2 under.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Florida State took firm hold of second place in the BCS standings behind top-ranked Alabama and grabbed the inside track to the national championship game.

The Seminoles were second last week, but seemed likely to get passed by Oregon if the Ducks could have remained unbeaten. Stanford, however, handed Oregon its first loss of the season Thursday night and Florida State benefited.

The Seminoles (.9619) are a solid second in the USA Today coaches' poll and Harris poll, and second in the computer rankings that make up the final third of a BCS average. Ohio State (.8926) is third in the polls but fourth in the computers. The Buckeyes are closer to fourth-place Stanford (.8689) than Florida State.

NEW YORK (AP) - Florida State is No. 2 in The Associated Press college football poll, the Seminoles' highest ranking since 2000.

Alabama remains No. 1 and received 56 first-place votes from the media panel. But the other national championship contenders right behind the Crimson Tide took advantage of Oregon's loss to Stanford on Thursday night and moved up.

Florida State got the other three first-place votes. The Seminoles were last ranked this high during the first half of the 2000 season, the year after they won their most recent national title.

Ohio State is No. 3, followed closely by Baylor. Stanford is fifth. Oregon dropped to No. 6.

AUTO RACING

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jimmie Johnson seized control of the championship battle following a disastrous performance by Matt Kenseth at Phoenix International Raceway.

Johnson widened his lead in the Sprint Cup standings to 28 points over Kenseth heading into next Sunday's season finale at Homestead by finishing third in a workmanlike performance for the five-time champion. Johnson will take his sixth title by finishing 23rd or better next week.

Kevin Harvick won the race at Phoenix for the second consecutive year, but all eyes were on Kenseth, who struggled mightily for the first time in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Kenseth finished 23rd.

OLYMPICS

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Voters rejected plans for Munich to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, an embarrassing setback for newly elected International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach of Germany.

Early results from the ballot gave Olympic opponents a majority. Olympic planners needed to have a majority "yes" vote in all four Bavarian communities that went to the polls and were planned as the hubs of the games, including Munich itself and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the planned site for the glamorous Alpine events.

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