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Another day, another few twists in a Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito story that keeps finding new ways to land in the headlines. Per multiple league sources, Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland received a call from Martin's agent, Rick Smith, before Martin left the team on October 28. Smith complained to Ireland about the manner in which Incognito was treating Martin. Ireland, according to the sources, suggested to Smith that Martin physically confront Incognito. Ireland specifically mentioned that Martin should "punch" Incognito. Reached for comment by phone on Wednesday night, Dolphins senior V.P. of media relations Harvey Greene reiterated to PFT the position that there will be no public comment from the team on any aspect of the situation, given the league's pending review. (Pro Football Talk) Comment
In Andre Drummond and Roy Hibbert, there were nearly 600 pounds of human jockeying for position when the Pistons lost to the Pacers Tuesday. It was a wonderful inside battle that reminded you of the 1970s and 1980s in the NBA, when giant gladiators fought for position in the paint. There were some jabs during the game, but Hibbert saved the biggest one for after. "To tell you the truth I was a fan of his until tonight," Hibbert said Tuesday. ... "He has a tremendous future, but I was a fan of his. I thought he was supposed to have a breakout year this year. Best of luck to him. He can dunk the ball real well and he can block shots and he can rebound. He is going to have a bright future -- but I was a fan of his." Hibbert doesn't like yapping on the court. Drummond knows that and admits to trying to agitate him. (The Detroit News) Comment
The heat is on in Philadelphia, where GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had to fire manager Charlie Manuel in the midst of an 89-loss season. Amaro is encouraging his staff to seek creative, innovative solutions, and the Phillies have gone so far as to kick around a trade for Price, according to major league sources. Two caveats: One, clubs discuss anything and everything at this time of year. And two, the Phils probably cannot acquire Price unless they part with their top pitching prospect, left-hander Jesse Biddle. Outfielder Domonic Brown also could be part of a package. ... [While] it's fun to think about a Phillies rotation with three star left-handers -- Price, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels -- the chances of a deal for Amaro getting Price probably are quite slim. Amaro needs to spread his money around. (FOX Sports) Comment
Sporting Kansas Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic celebrates his goal in a 3-1 win over the Revolution to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals. (Photo by Orlin Wagner/AP)
What knee injury? Russell Westbrooks looks fine and well in this coast-to-coast dunk against the Mavericks.