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Sports briefs: Nov. 9


Woods trails leaders by 1

Tiger Woods shot a 9-under 63 Friday to trim a six-shot deficit to one after the second round of the Turkish Open.

Woods completed seven holes of his rain-delayed first round for a 70 on Friday morning. After an hour lunch break, the 14-time major winner didn't drop a shot and had nine birdies in the second round.

It left Woods in fifth place on 11 under, just a shot behind the leading foursome of Sweden's Henrik Stenson (68), England's Ian Poulter (66), Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (65) and South African Justin Walters (66).

Woods revealed he had been awake since around 3:30 a.m. local time watching TV coverage of his alma mater Stanford beating Oregon 26-20.

"I'm thinking I have to go warm up for this tournament," Woods said. 'So I'm saying, 'Come on guys, can't you just run the clock out?' and they finally did."

 Kevin Chappell settled atop the leaderboard Friday in the windy McGladrey Classic at Sea Island. Chappell ran into a rough patch in the middle of his second round and managed a 2-under 68 in cold, blustery conditions to take a one-shot lead over Jason Kokrak among those who finished the second round.


Wall, Wizards prevail in OT

Wizards 112, Nets 108 (OT): Nene scored 12 of his 20 points in the final 4½ minutes of the fourth quarter, including a putback with 1.2 seconds to play that sent the game to overtime, and Trevor Ariza hit the go-ahead three-pointer in the extra period Friday night as Washington topped Brooklyn. Bradley Beal scored 29 points, John Wall had 17 points and 14 assists, and Marcin Gortat had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wizards.

 The Charlotte Bobcats said head coach Steve Clifford underwent a successful procedure Friday to have two stents placed in his heart. Clifford, 52, joined the Bobcats this offseason after spending last year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.


Dolphins' Martin to meet with NFL

Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin will meet late next week in Los Angeles with the NFL's special investigator to discuss allegations in the team's harassment scandal, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.

The person confirmed the upcoming meeting to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league and team haven't announced the details of the investigation.

Meeting with Martin will be Ted Wells, a senior partner in a New York law firm with experience in sports cases. Wells was appointed Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate possible misconduct in the Dolphins' workplace and prepare a report that will be made public.

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was suspended in the wake of allegations by Martin. Wells is investigating whether Incognito harassed or bullied Martin, and whether their teammates and the organization mishandled the matter.

 Denver Broncos coach John Fox has been released from the hospital four days after undergoing heart surgery in Charlotte, N.C. Fox had his aortic value replaced at the Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte on Monday.

 Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher and Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jurrell Casey were fined $15,750 apiece by the NFL for horse-collar tackles last weekend.

Casey's teammate, safety Bernard Pollard, lost $10,000 for what the NFL said Friday was "striking an opponent late."

Horse Racing

Groupie Doll to continue racing

Eclipse Award champion Groupie Doll, who was purchased by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm for $3.1 million at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale on Wednesday, will remain in training and is being pointed for the Grade I Cigar Mile to be run Nov. 30th at Aqueduct.

"When I purchased Groupie Doll my sole intention was for her to be retired and become a mom," Pope said in a news release. "However, after spending time with her and speaking with her previous connections, I felt that she may still want to run a few more races. I asked Dr. Larry Bramlage to go over her from her nose to her tail and he felt there was no reason for her career to end now. Everyone who has been around Groupie Doll says she is rounding into the best form of her career, and I feel the racing public deserves to see superstars run so long as they are happy and 100 percent sound."

Trainer Buff Bradley, who co-bred and campaigned Groupie Doll along with his father, Fred, will continue to condition Groupie Doll as long as she stays in training.


Reds, Pena reach deal in principle

The Reds have agreed in principle on a deal with catcher Brayan Pena, who has played for the Braves, Royals and Tigers during his nine-year career. The deal is contingent upon Pena passing a physical.

Pena, who turns 32 in January, would become the third catcher on the Reds' roster, along with Ryan Hanigan and Devin Mesoraco. Corky Miller was designated outright to the minors after last season and chose free agency rather than accept the assignment.

Pena batted .297 in 71 games for the Tigers last season with four homers and 22 RBIs.

UK sports

Three runners get SEC honors

Three Kentucky cross country Wildcats earned Southeastern Conference honors as the league office announced its annual awards on Friday.

Cally Macumber headlined the list of UK honorees, as she was named First Team All-SEC for the second-consecutive season. Macumber placed seventh at the SEC Championships. She has won two meets this season and placed inside the top-10 at every race she has competed in during the 2013 cross country season.

Matt Hillenbrand picked up Second-Team All-SEC honors and Cassidy Hale was a SEC All-Freshman Team selection.

 In one of its most dominating outings of the season, the Kentucky volleyball team made quick work of South Carolina with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-19) sweep Friday night at Memorial Coliseum. The Wildcats (17-6, 9-3 Southeastern Conference) posted 47 kills against the Gamecocks (12-12, 3-8 SEC) with a .269 hitting clip for their largest kill margin of the season.

College basketball

Notre Dame to honor Digger Phelps

Notre Dame will induct former coach Digger Phelps into its Ring of Honor on the 40th anniversary of his No. 2 Irish squad upsetting top-ranked UCLA to end the Bruins' NCAA-record 88-game winning streak.

The university announced Friday it will hold a ceremony at halftime of Notre Dame's game against Virginia Tech on Jan. 19. On that date in 1974, Notre Dame used a 12-0 run in the final 3:32 to beat a UCLA team led by center Bill Walton and coached by John Wooden.

Phelps coached the Irish for 20 years, posting a 393-197 record.

The last word

NFL locker rooms can be a laugh riot — and a proving ground, according to Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez:

"It's like being a room with a bunch of comedians. It's funny. ... But just as comedians are, sometimes they push the line. ... Any type of insecurity you have, whatever it is, they're going to play on it. Anything goes."