Dolphins fire trainer, O-line coach
Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head trainer Kevin O'Neill were fired for their roles in the team’s bullying scandal. The firings Wednesday were the first punitive steps taken by the Dolphins since a report on the NFL’s investigation into the scandal was released last week. Investigators found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman, and an assistant trainer. Martin left the team at midseason, and Incognito was suspended. In a news release, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said Turner, who is from Braintree, and O'Neill ‘‘both exhibited poor judgment at times.’’ Turner took part in some of the taunting, the NFL report said . . . Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis says his latest suspension resulted from taking a supplement that contained a banned substance. Davis was suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. It’s the second substance-abuse suspension for Davis. He was also sanctioned for the final four games of the 2011 season after testing positive for marijuana . . . The Atlanta Falcons released Garrett Reynolds, who lost his starting job at right guard in 2013. Reynolds made 10 starts last season but finished behind Peter Konz on the depth chart . . . Former St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney and Russ Bolinger will join the Atlanta Falcons as player personnel scouts.
Nets trade Terry, Evans for Thornton
The Brooklyn Nets acquired guard Marcus Thornton from the Sacramento Kings for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, removing two little-used veterans from their aging roster and hoping a younger one can rediscover his scoring touch. Terry came from the Celtics along with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce but appeared in just 35 games after a knee injury. Evans was a favorite of fans but not coach Jason Kidd, who used him in just 30 of 51 games. Thornton had fallen out of favor under defensive-minded coach Michael Malone . . . A person familiar with the deal says the Los Angeles Lakers traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press because the trade was still pending NBA approval . . . Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook made it through a full practice for the first time since his most recent surgery. Westbrook has missed 27 games since having a procedure on Dec. 27 to deal with swelling in his injured right knee — the third operation on it in nine months. Coach Scott Brooks wouldn’t make a definitive statement on Westbrook’s status for the Thunder’s game Thursday against the Miami Heat . . . The NBA Development League will begin assessing technical fouls for flops, a new rule that goes further than the NBA one by punishing the act during a game. Starting Thursday, D-League referees will note when they believe a flop occurred, then confirm it via instant replay at the next timeout or quarter break. If confirmed, the free throw will be shot at that time . . . Bentley University senior forward Lauren Battista, the school’s all-time leading scorer, was named the NCAA Division 2 Women’s Basketball Academic All-America of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
McDowell opens with big rally
Graeme McDowell pulled off the biggest stunner on a day of comebacks in the opening round of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz. McDowell won the last three holes against Gary Woodland to force extra holes, and then beat him with a 6-foot birdie on the 19th hole. Jason Dufner also escaped against Scott Stallings. The PGA champion rallied from 3 down with five holes to play to beat Stallings with a par in 19 holes. McDowell and Dufner were among eight players who trailed with six holes remaining and somehow survived. Six matches went the distance. Five went overtime. The last one was Ernie Els, who was 2 down with three to play and outlasted Stephen Gallacher in 19 holes.
Venus Williams overpowers Ivanovic
Venus Williams pummeled Ana Ivanovic, 6-2, 6-1, in a second-round match at the Dubai Championships in the United Arab Emirates. Williams moved to a 9-2 career record against Ivanovic . . . Top-seeded Richard Gasquet and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both reached the Open 13 quarterfinals with straight-sets wins in Marseille, France . . . Former collegiate standout Steve Johnson upset No. 1 seed Tommy Haas, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), in the first round of the Delray Beach Open in Florida . . . No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal defeated Daniel Gimeno-Traver in his first-round match Tuesday night in the Rio Open in Brazil, his first match in more than three weeks after losing the Australian Open.