Sports digest

February 20

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked his fiancee unconscious in an altercation at an Atlantic City casino during the weekend, according to a complaint filed by police, who said Wednesday they have referred the case to county prosecutors for review.

The revelation came as a video clip showing the aftermath of the incident was posted online. The 50-second video, obtained by the Web site TMZ, shows Rice lifting fiancee Janay Palmer by her arms out of an elevator in the Revel Casino and laying her on the ground. She appears limp as he pulls her legs away from the elevator’s doors and props her up.

Contacted about the allegations in the summons, Rice’s Philadelphia-based attorney, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment. Earlier in the day, he said the online video clip was authentic but incomplete.

— Baltimore Sun

The Miami Dolphins fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill for their roles in the team’s bullying scandal. The firings were the first punitive steps taken by the Dolphins since a report on the NFL’s investigation into the scandal was released last week.

Investigators found that guard Richie Incognito and two teammates engaged in a pattern of harassment directed at tackle Jonathan Martin, another offensive lineman and an assistant trainer. Martin left the team at midseason, and Incognito was suspended.

SOCCER

D.C. United waived forward Casey Townsend, a former Maryland star who did not score in nine league appearances (three starts) last season and remained low on the depth chart while recovering from injury at training camp. Last winter United relinquished a second-round pick to Chivas USA, which had selected Townsend fifth overall in the 2012 MLS draft.

Townsend, 24, would have had to earn a spot on United’s senior roster, which includes 20 players who count against the salary cap.

— Steven Goff

Toni Kroos and Thomas Mueller scored second-half goals to give defending champion Bayern Munich a 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the first leg of their Champions League second-round matchup.

In the night’s other match, seven-time champion Atletico Madrid won, 1-0, at AC Milan on Diego Costa’s header off Gabi’s cross in the 83rd minute.

GOLF

Graeme McDowell pulled off the biggest stunner on a day of comebacks in the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz.

McDowell won the last three holes against Gary Woodland to force extra holes and then beat him with a six-foot birdie on the 19th hole in the World Golf Championships event. Among the 32 players headed home were top-10 seeds Zach Johnson (3), Dustin Johnson (6) and Steve Stricker (9).

MISC.

The first full practice for the Daytona 500 ended after rookie Parker Kligerman’s airborne car ripped out a chunk of the grandstand fence.

Kligerman’s car ended up sliding on its roof halfway down the front stretch at Daytona International Speedway.

Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth started the melee when they got together coming out of Turn 4 during a drafting session. Trevor Bayne hit Logano, who then slammed into Paul Menard. Menard’s car shot up the track and collected Kligerman. . . .

The Navy football team will open its season Aug. 30 against Ohio State at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, one of three games the Midshipmen will play at NFL stadiums next season.

Navy also will play Notre Dame on Nov. 1 at FedEx Field and return to M&T Bank Stadium for its annual game against rival Army on Dec. 13.

The Midshipmen also have home games against Rutgers (Sept. 20), Western Kentucky (Sept. 27), VMI (Oct. 11), San Jose State (Oct. 25) and Georgia Southern (Nov. 15). Navy will travel to face Temple (Sept. 6), Texas State (Sept. 13), Air Force (Oct. 3) and South Alabama (Nov. 28). . . .

.The online registration lottery for the Marine Corps Marathon opens Feb. 23 and runs through March 15. The race, which anually hosts close to 30,000 runners, is Oct. 26.

— From news services
and staff reports

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