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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross broke his silence on the bullying scandal that has engulfed his team, saying he's appalled by Jonathan Martin's allegations of daily harassment by teammates.

Ross said he plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location and that he has been in touch with the tackle through text messages.

The owner, speaking before the Dolphins' 22-19 loss to Tampa Bay, vowed to get to bottom of the allegations and create a locker room culture that ''suits the 21st century.''

The NFL is investigating Martin's allegations against teammates, including Richie Incognito. Martin, 24, is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues. Incognito, 30, has been suspended indefinitely.

MIAMI (AP) - In a state where the two other NFL teams are in last place, the Miami Dolphins are the biggest laughingstock of all.

They've become the butt of jokes by late-night comedians, a bad sign for an already floundering franchise. Such quipsters as Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert weighed in on Comedy Central after the Dolphins' bullying scandal struck a national nerve.

While the NFL is serious about investigating tackle Jonathan Martin's allegations of daily harassment by teammates, including Incognito, others are laughing at the dysfunctional Dolphins like never before. That's saying something for a team that has endured four consecutive losing seasons and hasn't won a playoff game since 2000.

Even Spirit Airlines poked fun on its website: ''Don't be bullied by high fares. Fly Incognito out of Florida or any place for that matter,'' read an advertisement by the South Florida-based business.

BASEBALL

ATLANTA (AP) - Turner Field had a signature moment right at the start - a trembling Muhammad Ali emerging from the shadows to ignite the flame that opened the 1996 Summer Olympics. In the years that followed, the Atlanta Braves hosted many memorable events of their own, from the World Series and All-Star game to the farewells of Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones.

Now, just 17 years after it opened, it looks as though the stadium affectionately known as ''the Ted'' is headed for extinction, like so many sports facilities in this city. In a stunning announcement, the Braves saidthey are moving in 2017 to a new 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown in suburban Cobb County, apparently swayed by a lucrative financial package that was just too good to pass up.

Mayor Kasim Reed said the city couldn't match a $450 million offer from one of Atlanta's sprawling northern suburbs, though it wasn't immediately clear how the county of some 700,000 people plans to raise the money or whether it will require a vote of the taxpayers.

NEW YORK (AP) - Jose Fernandez arrived early. Wil Myers made it big after a blockbuster trade.

Neither one needed much time to create a splash, and together they brought both Rookie of the Year awards back to Florida.

Fernandez stood out in a very deep National League class this season, and the precocious Miami Marlins pitcher received 26 of 30 first-place votes from a Baseball Writers' Association of America panel. He easily topped runner-up Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Cuban players ran 1-2 in the NL race.

Myers won the American League prize after the Tampa Bay slugger put up impressive offensive numbers in barely half a season. The right fielder was chosen first on 23 of 30 ballots, beating out Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias and Rays teammate Chris Archer.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Baseball's annual gathering of general managers began when $14.1 million qualifying offers were turned down by all 13 free agents who received them from their former teams, a group that included Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Three New York Yankees also said no thanks: Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda.

The others turning down the offers were Atlanta's Brian McCann, Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez, Kansas City's Ervin Santana, St. Louis' Carlos Beltran, Seattle's Kendrys Morales and Texas' Nelson Cruz.

TENNIS

LONDON (AP) - Novak Djokovic capped off his season by defending his ATP World Tour Finals title with an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win over Rafael Nadal.

There's no doubt Djokovic is the man to beat on indoor hard courts.

And just for the record, his 22 consecutive wins to finish 2013 matched top-ranked Nadal's best stretch of the year.

Djokovic's winning run started after a U.S. Open final defeat to Nadal, and during a span when the Spaniard replaced him atop the rankings.

PRO BASKETBALL

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Bobcats coach Steve Clifford returned to the court , three days after having two stents placed in his heart.

Clifford was given a warm welcome by the home crowd during pregame introductions before Charlotte's 103-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. He said he felt ''fine'' before the game and is taking every necessary precaution to ensure he's safe.

Clifford, 52, said he was taken by ambulance to the hospital Thursday night after experiencing chest pains while dining at a Charlotte restaurant.

The following day doctors inserted the stents to prevent blockage to the heart. Clifford said he feels lucky that he acted as quickly as he did, knowing the incident could have been worse had he ignored the warning signs.

AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Travis Pastrana said he's leaving NASCAR after this weekend's season finale Nationwide Series race at Homestead.

Pastrana announced his decision on his Facebook page. He cited a lack of sponsorship, a desire to spend time with his wife and new daughter and frustration over his struggles in NASCAR as his reasons for leaving the sport.

One of the most popular action sports stars in the world and a 17-time medal winner at the X Games, Pastrana first tried NASCAR in 2011. He was scheduled to make his Nationwide debut that July, but broke his leg in an X Games accident two days before the race. It delayed his debut until last season, when Pastrana ran nine races.

He joined Roush-Fenway Racing this season and has four top-10s heading into Saturday's finale. He's 14th in the Nationwide standings and has a 21.4 average finish.

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