American Football - Dolphins owner to meet Martin

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is planning to meet soon with offensive tackle Jonathan Martin to discuss what happened in the locker room last season in an effort to prevent future bullying.

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Ross was scheduled to meet with Martin in November but was advised to hold off until a workplace investigation was completed.

"I was precluded from talking to him while the investigation was going on," Ross said. "Now that we got the report, the lawyers are trying to arrange the meeting, which should take place relatively soon, I believe."

Team officials met with Martin's representatives last week at the NFL Scouting Combine to discuss Martin's future with the organization. The Dolphins apparently plan to trade or release Martin during the offseason.

A recent report indicated that Martin's agent, Rick Smith, is not interested in discussing a return to Miami. Martin, who left the team in October after his much-publicized run-ins with former team-mate Richie Incognito, would not say Tuesday whether he would consider going back to the Dolphins, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, NFLDraftScout.com's top-ranked cornerback, posted a 4.51 seconds 40-yard time, likely cementing a spot in the top 15 in Tuesday's defensive back workouts at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Dennard's game tape was enough to win over coaches and evaluators. The blazing unofficial time of 4.42 seconds to open the final day of workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium pushed him over the top. He posted an unofficial 4.46 on his second 40.

Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert was given a 4.37 "official" time, fastest among defensive backs (4.35, 4.38 unofficially).

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Carolina Panthers veteran offensive tackle Jordan Gross is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.

The 33-year-old Gross spent his entire career with the Panthers, starting a franchise-record 167 games. He reached the Super Bowl in his rookie season with the team in 2003 and was named to three Pro Bowls, including the 2014 game.

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Australian golfer Steve Elkington turned to Twitter to criticise ESPN for its coverage of gay defensive end Michael Sam.

Elkington, 51, began by tweeting "ESPN covering Michael Sam as a gay athlete is embarrassing ... "

The 10-times US PGA Tour winner continued, "ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine ... No one else expected to throw today."

And then he posted, "I'm for Sam I'm against ESPN telling me he's gay ..."

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