MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins suspended guard Richie Incognito late Sunday for misconduct related to the treatment of teammate Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team a week ago to receive help for emotional issues.
"We believe in maintaining a culture of respect for one another," the Dolphins said in a statement released shortly before midnight, "and as a result we believe this decision is in the best interest of the organization at this time. ... We will continue to work with the league on this matter."
The move capped a bizarre day for the Dolphins, even though their players were off. First the team released a statement saying Martin had not complained to the organization about bullying by other players. Hours later, the Dolphins said they and the NFL were investigating allegations of misconduct made Sunday by representatives of Martin.
Incognito posted several tweets saying he wants his name cleared after reports linked him to the Martin matter. Then came the announcement of his suspension.
Finds ring: The wife of New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson found a newspaper reporter's engagement ring after the team's 26-20 loss to the New York Jets.
Gayle Benson was in the women's restroom in the MetLife Stadium press box Sunday when she spotted the ring on a counter. She gave it to stadium security and later found out it belonged to Newsday's Jets beat writer, Kimberley Martin.
Fox hospitalized: Denver coach John Fox remained hospitalized Sunday as he awaits aortic valve replacement surgery in North Carolina.
Fox spoke with Broncos executive vice president John Elway by phone Sunday to discuss logistics during his absence, including who will serve as interim head coach.
Big win: It only took four holes over two days for Dustin Johnson to lose a six-shot lead in the HSBC Champions. All that mattered was the high-powered kick down the stretch at Sheshan International that brought him the biggest win of his career.
Johnson closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-shot win over Ian Poulter to capture his first World Golf Championship title.
Couple takes finale: Fred Couples won the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship, and Kenny Perry topped the yearlong points race to earn a $1 million annuity.
Couples ended a 16-event winless streak dating to the Senior British Open in July 2012, closing with a 2-uunder 69 for a six-stroke victory.
Pistons top Celtics: Josh Smith and Andre Drummond scored 15 points each and Detroit kept Boston and first-year coach Brad Stevens winless.
The Pistons (2-1) trailed 65-63 early in the fourth quarter but went on a 10-0 run to take the lead for good and win their second home game in as many tries.
OSU exhibition: LaQuinton Ross and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each scored 15 points to help No. 11 Ohio State beat Walsh 93-63 in an exhibition game Sunday.
Beards coming off: Some famous Boston beards will be falling victim to the razor.
Red Sox players David Ortiz and Shane Victorino will shave today.
Joining them will be city policeman Steve Horgan, who was stationed in the Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park.
Marathon returns: The New York City Marathon returned after a one-year absence with big crowds, heightened security and a familiar champion.
Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his title, while fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo came from behind to win the women's race. Bronx resident Buzunesh Deba finished runner-up for the second straight time in her hometown event.