DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins underwent interrogation by an NFL special investigator, although they had already addressed one pressing question: Would they fold on the season?
New York attorney Ted Wells began interviewing players regarding the harassment case involving tackle Jonathan Martin and suspended guard Richie Incognito. Wells' visit was expected to last at least two or three days, ensuring further distractions for a team trying to keep its season from derailing.
A defeat Sunday would have accelerated the Dolphins' recent tailspin. Instead they beat San Diego 20-16 to improve to 5-5 and remain in the race for an AFC wild-card berth.
NEW YORK (AP) — Colts linebacker Erik Walden's head-butt and Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson's helmet-to-helmet hit have earned one-game suspensions from the NFL.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Merton Hanks announced the punishments.
Walden pulled off the helmet of Titans tight end Delanie Walker, then slammed his own helmet into Walker's head during Indianapolis' game against Tennessee on Thursday. Walden was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct but not ejected from the game.
Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness for his hit on a defenseless receiver, Roddy White, against Atlanta on Sunday. It was Goldson's third such violation this season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension resumed with the first of what could be 10 straight days of sessions.
The sides spent their ninth day before arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, who also heard the case from Sept. 30-Oct. 3 and Oct. 15-18. Rodriguez's legal team was set to call witnesses when the hearing resumed.
MLB and the players' association appear to be trying to finish testimony before Thanksgiving, and it remained unclear whether the New York Yankees third baseman would testify. He had been scheduled for an investigatory interview with MLB on Friday, but the session was canceled when Rodriguez's side said he was ill with flu-like systems and could not travel from California.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tim Hudson is headed back to the Bay Area.
The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract with the free-agent pitcher, who began his career with Oakland. Hudson had a physical, and the team said the deal is pending the results of that examination.
Hudson made his major league debut with the Athletics in 1999 and went 92-39 in six seasons with Oakland, where the right-hander teamed with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to form a successful "Big Three."
The 38-year-old Hudson went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this season for Atlanta. His season was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery. The Braves earlier this month declined to make a qualifying offer to Hudson, who won 49 games during the previous three seasons.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge said he probably won't dismiss all of the defendants from a False Claims Act lawsuit against cyclist Lance Armstrong and others.
Judge Robert L. Wilkins made the comment at the end of a nearly three-hour hearing on the Justice Department's lawsuit, which also named former Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports as defendants.
The Justice Department this year joined a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis. Under the False Claims Act, whistle-blowers can share with the government in any recovery of money based upon their disclosures. But the government has not joined the portion of Landis' lawsuit against other defendants, including financier Thomas Weisel, who was principal owner of Tailwind Sports.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.
The Spartans were easily No. 1 with 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans earned the top spot by beating then-top-ranked Kentucky last week in the earliest matchup of the top two teams in the country.
Kansas, which beat Duke in the other game in the big doubleheader last week, moved from No. 5 to No. 2 and received seven first-place votes. Louisville stayed third and got the other seven first-place votes. Kentucky dropped to fourth and was followed by Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Syracuse and VCU.
NEW YORK (AP) — The UConn women's basketball team remains No. 1 in The Associated Press poll after easily sweeping three Top 25 teams.
The Huskies beat Stanford, Maryland and Penn State by an average of 18 points and once again are unanimous No. 1. UConn has a busy week with home games against Oregon, Boston University, Monmouth and St. Bonaventure.
Connecticut is followed by Duke, Tennessee, Louisville and Notre Dame. Stanford fell three spots to sixth. Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor and Oklahoma round out the top 10.
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Robin Selvig became the eighth women's basketball coach to reach 800 career victories with the Lady Griz's 68-61 victory over Portland.
Selvig has been at the school for 36 years and produced 33 winning seasons, including 20 trips to the NCAA tournament.
The 61-year-old coach joined Pat Summitt, Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer, Tara VanDerveer, Geno Auriemma, Jody Conradt and Andy Landers in the 800-victory club. Selvig reached the milestone in fewer games then all but Auriemma, Summitt and VanDerveer.
Selvig, who has only lost 255 games in his career, went to Montana and played for the men's basketball team in the early 1970s. He spent three years coaching high school basketball before taking over as the Lady Griz's coach in 1978.