Sports briefs: March 12

March 12, 2014 

NFL free agency Dolphins' trade of Martinamong many 49ers moves

Jonathan Martin, the offensive tackle who accused a Miami Dolphins teammate of bullying, was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday night and will be reunited with his college coach, Jim Harbaugh.

Also, the 49ers released cornerback Carlos Rogers after three seasons, an expected cost-cutting move. Veteran place kicker Phil Dawson received a new two-year contract after a sensational first season in San Francisco.

San Francisco also agreed to acquire quarterback Blaine Gabbert from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick this year and a conditional pick next season.

  The Dallas Cowboys released DeMarcus Ware on Tuesday, a salary cap move that owner Jerry Jones called "extremely difficult" after the worst season of the star pass rusher's career. Ware broke Harvey Martin's 30-year-old franchise record for sacks in 2013, but he got to the quarterback a career-low six times and missed games for the first time in his nine-year career with a thigh injury.

The 31-year-old Ware also had off-season elbow surgery and was set to count $16 million against the salary cup. Negotiations on a reduced salary failed, so his release saves about $7.4 million and gives Dallas about $9 million to spend at the moment.

"A decision like this, involving a man who is a cornerstone player in the history of your franchise, is extremely difficult," Jones, also the team's general manager, said in a statement announcing the decision just as free agency opened.

Without Ware and with 2013 team sacks leader Jason Hatcher already headed for free agency, all the projected starters from a year ago are gone from a defense that gave up the most yards in franchise history and finished last in the league in total defense. Rod Marinelli is taking over for the demoted Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator after both joined the staff last year.

■ The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap and signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers.

Mitchell, a Highlands graduate, first announced on Twitter that he had signed with the Steelers. ESPN.com reported that Mitchell's contract is for five years and $25 million.

■The Cincinnati Bengals released center Kyle Cook, who started every game last season, and signed receiver Brandon Tate to a new contract. Cook had been with the Bengals since 2007. He played in 73 games, starting 66. Offensive line coach Paul Alexander said the team hasn't decided who will start at center next season.

■ The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with Chiefs running back, receiver and kick returner Dexter McCluster, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced in the minutes after free agency started. The deal, reportedly for three years, is for $12 million with $4.5 million guaranteed.

■ Free agent safety Donte Whitner said he's agreed to a contract with the Browns, who also reportedly signed inside linebacker Karlos Dansby. A two-time Pro Bowler with San Francisco and a Cleveland native, Whitner posted on his Twitter account "that I must now embark on my intended journey and become a Cleveland Brown. A place that's very dear to my heart!"

■ The Indianapolis Colts agreed to a two-year deal with longtime kicker Adam Vinatieri and a four-year deal with cornerback Vontae Davis. The Colts also re-signed running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

■ The Denver Broncos agreed to a four-year deal with Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward.

NBA

Bynum grabs 10 boards in Pacers debut

David West scored 24 points and Andrew Bynum pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds in his Pacers debut, helping suddenly struggling Indiana pull away late for a 94-83 win over Boston on Tuesday night.

Indiana (47-17) ended its longest losing streak of the season at four. Paul George added 12 points as the Pacers extended their Eastern Conference lead to 1½ games over two-time defending champion Miami in the East.

Bynum played just 15 minutes but his first basket gave Indiana a 16-14 lead and the Pacers never trailed again.

Boston (22-42) was led by Jared Sullinger with 17 points and Kris Humphries with 15 as its two-game winning streak ended.

Rajon Rondo had eight points, eight assists and two steals for the Celtics, who went 4-for-15 from the field.

  Kevin Love had 27 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in Minnesota's 112-101 win against visiting Milwaukee. Brandon Knight scored a team-high 21 points for the Bucks, who connected on their first 12 shots from the field.

DeMarcus Cousins had 13 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks in the Kings' 99-89 loss at Detroit.

MLB

Posey drives in four as Giants top Reds, 8-5

Buster Posey had a three-run homer off Tony Cingrani among his three hits, leading the San Francisco Giants over the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Tuesday.

Posey added an RBI double and a single as the Giants overcame a three-run deficit.

The Reds scored three quick runs off Tim Hudson.

Todd Frazier doubled home two runs in the first. Billy Hamilton doubled home Skip Schumaker, who started in left field, giving the Reds the lead after two innings.

Hunter Pence started his second game after resting a sore shoulder. He tripled after Posey's home run.

Ehire Adrianza hit his second homer of the spring, a two-run shot off Cingrani, who allowed six runs after pitching seven scoreless innings, including the first two innings of this appearance.

Schumaker, who signed a two-year deal with the Reds in November, doubled and hit a solo home run off Hudson. He is hitting .550 this spring.

NHL

Peverley undergoes tests; teammate rattled

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley was undergoing heart tests Tuesday to determine what triggered his collapse during a game. He has company in the hospital.

Teammate Alex Chiasson was being treated after becoming despondent about Peverley's plight. He didn't join the team for its trip to St. Louis.

"He was shaken by the whole event," Coach Lindy Ruff said after the Stars' morning skate prior to playing the Blues. "He wasn't doing very well so we thought best to get him under some care."

Peverley collapsed on the bench Monday night during the first period of the Stars' home game against Columbus, stunning the crowd and players alike. He was rushed to the depths of the arena, where he was treated for a "cardiac event" and the game was postponed with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0.

The last word

Dallas Seavey ran a blistering pace to rally from third place and win his second Iditarod early Tuesday in a record-breaking finish. The twist ending to the 1,000-mile long competition came after a sudden storm blew front-runner Jeff King out of the competition. The victory was so strange that Seavey said he didn't even realize he had won the race until about 90 seconds after he crossed the finish line. Seavey's initial reaction to the hubbub surrounding his arrival:

"Man, this is a lot of people coming out to see third place come in."

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