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OLE MISS CONFIRMS TEXTS INVOLVING TUNSIL

Text messages exchanged by Dolphins rookie offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and Ole Miss officials have been confirmed by the school, which, ESPN reported Thursday, is still trying to determine whether the texts were altered before being published. The texts were part of two social media incidents that helped cause Tunsil to tumble to the 13th overall pick in the NFL draft. The first incident was a Twitter post of a video of Tunsil smoking while wearing a gas-mask/bong. The longer texts were screen shots posted to Tunsil's Instagram account, which has been deleted, and were conversations that occurred in 2015. In them, Tunsil allegedly asks Rebels assistant AD John Miller for money to pay rent and his mother's $305 utility bill. Miller's answer was to "See Barney next week," an apparent reference to Barney Farrar, the school's assistant AD for high school and junior college relations. Farrar told ESPN that Tunsil did not ask for money and that he has not given him any. In a news conference after the April 28 draft, Tunsil admitted to taking money from an Ole Miss coach. "I'd have to say yeah," he said.

ALABAMA: Offensive lineman and highly rated junior college transfer Charles Baldwin has been dismissed for what coach Nick Saban called a violation of unspecified team rules.

TENNIS

Federer loses, says not to worry

Roger Federer was not concerned about losing to 15th-ranked Dominic Thiem 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 in the third round of the Italian Open. After withdrawing from last week's Madrid Open with lower-back pain, Federer was just glad he was able to play two matches on the clay in Rome: "It doesn't matter how I played. (What is) important is that I didn't have any setbacks." Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and seven-time Rome champ Rafael Nadal set up an attractive quarterfinal. Djokovic overcame a horrendous first set in a 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over 37th-ranked Thomaz Bellucci, and Nadal got past Nick Kyrgios. It was the first time Djokovic was bageled in a set since the 2012 Cincinnati final against Federer. On the women's side, top-ranked Serena Williams saved a set point in the tiebreak to beat American qualifier Christina McHale 7-6 (9-7), 6-1.

ET CETERA

WNBA: The Atlanta Dream released the league's oldest player, 41-year-old DeLisha Milton-Jones. The former Gator, three-time All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist has played in a league-record 499 games.

SOCCER: Roberto Martinez was fired as manager by Everton with three years left on his contract after failing to get the best out of what is widely regarded as the club's strongest squad in years. … FIFA doping testers turned up unannounced to collect samples from Russian soccer team Rostov amid suspicions of meldonium use during the team's surprise pursuit of the league title. Rostov's starting 11 was tested after it won 3-1 at leader Dynamo Moscow to move within two points of the Russian capital club with two games remaining.

Times wires

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