MIAMI (AP) — Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito said teammate Jonathan Martin sent him a threatening text message only a week before their relationship mushroomed into a harassment case that has prompted an NFL investigation.
In an interview with Fox Sports televised Sunday, Incognito said he didn’t take the threat seriously. Incognito said he regrets racist and profane language he used with Martin, but said it stemmed from a culture of “brotherhood” in the locker room, not from bullying.
Martin left the team two weeks ago and alleges he was harassed by teammates, including Incognito. Martin is in counseling for emotional issues, and he’ll discuss the case late next week with a special investigator hired by the league.
German voters reject bid plans
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.
Coughlin wins NHRA title
POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Jeg Coughlin won his fifth Pro Stock title Sunday in the Auto Club NHRA Finals, joining John Force, Shawn Langdon and Matt Smith as season champions.
Coughlin, a four-time event winner this season in his Dodge Avenger, took the title at historic Auto Club Raceway at Pomona when his only remaining challenger, Jason Line, lost in the second round of eliminations.
After wrapping up the season title Saturday in qualifying, Langdon finished off his season by racing to his seventh victory of the year, holding off Doug Kalitta at the finish line.
In Funny Car, Hagan beat 16-time champion Force in the final round and finished second in the standings. Force wrapped up the title in the previous event in Las Vegas.
Rickie Jones raced to his first career Pro Stock victory, beating Allen Johnson in the final.
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Krawiec topped Scotty Pollacheck in the final. Smith won the title in Las Vegas.