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Rice knocked fiancee out, according to summons

Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked his fiancee unconscious, according to a summons obtained by multiple media outlets Wednesday. Both Rice and his fiancee were arrested for simple assault after an incident Saturday at a casino in Atlantic City. Rice and the woman "struck each other with their hands," according to the police report.

Security camera footage posted at tmz.com shows Rice, 27, lifting a woman by her arms out of an elevator and putting her on the ground. She appears limp as he pulls her legs away from the elevator doors and props her up.

Rice's lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, said the footage is authentic but "shows the very end of what transpired."

Rice's pretrial hearing is set for Tuesday.

Bullying scandal: The Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and trainer Kevin O'Neill. According to an NFL report, Turner harassed ex-offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and lied to investigators while O'Neill, with Miami for 18 years, didn't cooperate with investigators. Owner Stephen Ross said both "exhibited poor judgment."

Replay: Giants owner John Mara of the competition committee said centralized replay, in which off-field officials decide calls, likely won't be approved in time for the 2014 season.

Draft: The Cowboys won a coin flip and will draft 16th overall. The Ravens will draft 17th. Both finished 8-8, and their opponents' win percentage, the tiebreaker, was the same.

Redskins: Tight end Fred Davis was suspended indefinitely for violating the substance-abuse policy. Davis missed four games in 2011 for marijuana. This time, he said, he took a supplement that contained a banned substance.

College football

Former Gator will play for Irish

Safety Cody Riggs, who started all 12 games for Florida last season, is transferring to Notre Dame for his final season of eligibility. He can play immediately because he is scheduled to graduate this spring. Riggs was fourth for the Gators last season with 51 tackles and also had three pass breakups and 1½ sacks. "I am very thankful for this opportunity," Riggs said in a statement released by the Irish. "I fully intend to make the most of this opportunity by not only giving my absolute best effort but also leading by example both on and off the field."

Alabama: A judge in Birmingham cited Alabama's "stand your ground" law in throwing out a lawsuit against the daughter of coach Nick Saban. Kristen Grimes alleged that Kristen Saban injured her during a brawl after a night of drinking. A judge ruled Grimes initiated the confrontation.

TCU: Receiver LaDarius Brown was kicked off the team three days after being arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession. Last season, he had 36 catches (tied for the team high) for 393 yards (third) and two touchdowns (third).

ET CETERA

Soccer: Visiting Bayern Munich (2-0 over Arsenal) and visiting Atletico Madrid (1-0 over AC Milan) won the first legs of their Champions League round of 16 games. Bayern and Arsenal's second leg is March 11. Madrid and Milan's is March 12.

Tennis: Venus Williams routed Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the Dubai Champion­ships in the United Arab Emirates. In the quarterfinals, Williams plays Flavia Pennetta, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-1.

Greyhounds: Art Vandelay, Cheap Thrill, Flying Dirt Road and Husker Magic won second-round qualifying races for the $64,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. Qualifying resumes Saturday night.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in Brief 02/19/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:48pm]

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