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Dolphins end skid with rare safety in overtime

MIAMI — Cameron Wake sacked Andy Dalton for a safety with 6:38 left in overtime, and the Dolphins beat the Bengals 22-20 Thursday.

On third and 10 from the Bengals' 8-yard line, Dalton retreated to the goal line and was tackled by Wake coming up the middle for the third overtime safety in NFL history. The officials signaled safety, and the call was upheld after a review.

The other two OT games that ended with a safety were a 23-21 Vikings win over the Rams in 1989 and 19-17 Bears win over the Titans in 2004.

The Dolphins (4-4) ended a four-game skid, winning for the first time since their 3-0 start. The Bengals (6-3) had a four-game win streak end.

Mike Nugent kicked a 54-yard field goal with 1:24 left in regulation to put the Bengals up. Miami answered with a 50-yard drive, and former Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis made a 44-yard field goal with 11 seconds left to force overtime.

The Dolphins led 17-3 after Brent Grimes' 94-yard interception return for a score in the third quarter, then lost the lead after Cincinnati reeled off 17 points, including a 35-yard touchdown run by Giovani Bernard in the fourth quarter.

After Nugent's 54-yarder, the Dolphins drove to the Bengals' 26. Sturgis did the rest, coolly making the kick that sent things to overtime, shaking off a slump that had seen him miss five of his past seven attempts, including a 34-yarder earlier Thursday.

Wake had three sacks, and Cincinnati had four turnovers.

Players sue bank

Sixteen current and former players have filed a lawsuit against BB&T Bank, claiming nearly $60 million in investment losses, Yahoo Sports reported.

Among the players involved are Ray Lewis, Brandon Meriweather, Frank Gore and Santonio Holmes, and former Gators including Jevon Kearse and Fred Taylor. Several are accusing BB&T of allowing now-banned financial adviser Jeff Rubin and employees at Pro Sports Financial to open accounts in their names and place tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized investments, including an illegal Alabama casino venture.

If proven, the lawsuit would represent the biggest reported financial loss by a group of players in NFL history.

Rubin was banned from working in the financial industry for life in March 2012 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for recommending that players invest in the illegal gambling project, which resulted in the loss of more than $40 million by 32 players.

Troubled 49er Smith added to roster

SAN FRANCISCO — All-Pro 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was activated to the 53-man roster from the nonfootball injury list, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges.

Smith had been at an in-patient substance-abuse rehabilitation facility since late September and missed has five games. With San Francisco on its bye this week, Smith could resume practicing and working out on his own, then practice with the team next week ahead of a Nov. 10 game.

Smith was charged Oct. 9 with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. Smith, 24, is due in court twice this month to face DUI and weapons charges. Smith had been on what the team called an indefinite leave of absence.

Dolphin bullied?

Miami tackle Jonathan Martin, who abruptly left the team Monday, is taking a leave of absence to be with his family and deal with emotional issues, the result of "persistent bullying and teasing" from teammates, Fox Sports reported.

Martin dealt with "a slew of indignities that crossed into personal and family insults, including being bestowed with the nickname of 'Big Weirdo,' " the report said. The team knew some actions by teammates "went well beyond the customary hazing," the report said. The final straw came when Martin went to join a group of players for lunch and they got up and left.

The players union is looking into the issue, Fox Sports said.

Seahawks' Harvin won't face Bucs

Former Gators star Percy Harvin, who was practicing on a limited basis with Seattle last week, was held out with soreness and won't play against the Bucs on Sunday, coach Pete Carroll said.

The receiver had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip in August and is on the physically unable to perform list.

Riled Coach: Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, responding to comments by Albert Haynesworth, said the defensive lineman who was a free-agent bust in Washington is "lazy" and has a "lack of passion" and a "lack of character." Haynesworth had told a Tennessee radio show that Shanahan is "conniving" and self-centered, and will run quarterback Robert Griffin III "into the ground." Shanahan and Haynesworth clashed in 2010, and Haynesworth was traded.

Redskins safety Apologizes: Brandon Meriweather issued an apology through the players union, which released a statement saying the Redskins player is sorry for comments he made about targeting opponents' knees. "Brandon knows that all players have a responsibility to each other and to play within the rules of the game," union executive director DeMaurice Smith said. Meriweather has been sanctioned twice for illegal hits targeting the helmet and neck of receivers. He returned from a one-game suspension and said he will have "to take people's knees out."

Dolphins end skid with rare safety in overtime 10/31/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 12:42am]
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