- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - The Indiana Pacers decided Evan Turner gave them a better shot against Miami than Danny Granger.

Many other teams decided there wasn’t much worth doing.

Big names and big deals were mostly absent from the NBA’s trade deadline, with the Pacers’ late-day swap with Philadelphia the one that could have the biggest impact on the playoff race. Indiana sent Granger and a second-round draft pick to Philadelphia in exchange for Turner and Lavoy Allen.

Kevin Love, Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo spent weeks in trade rumors, but all three remained with their teams.

PRO FOOTBALL

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is promising to change the culture inside Miami’s locker room and make it a better workplace than the one that forced Jonathan Martin to leave the team last season.

Philbin said he wants players to treat one another with civility and he won’t tolerate anything less.

In taking questions for the first time since Ted Wells released his report into the bullying scandal that rocked the league, Philbin made it clear things would be cleaned up.

Philbin’s comments at the NFL scouting combine came a day after Miami fired offensive line coach Jim Turner and longtime head athletic trainer Kevin O’Neill for their roles in the scandal.

GOLF

MARANA, Ariz. (AP) - Getting to the round of 16 in the Match Play Championship was all that mattered.

Jordan Spieth made it look like child’s play. Graeme McDowell aged another 10 years with another stunning escape. And it proved too difficult for Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy, who lost in extra holes on another wild day at Dove Mountain.

One day after he rallied from 3 down with three holes to play to win in overtime, McDowell was two holes behind on the 15th tee when he made an 8-foot birdie, halved the next hole with a 10-foot par, won the 17th with a birdie and then holed a 6-foot par putt on the 18th for a 1-up win over Hideki Matsuyama of Japan.

Jason Day already has played 40 holes in two rounds. He won a tough match against Thorbjorn Olesen in the opening round, then rallied from 3 down early in his match against Billy Horschel and beat him 22 holes.

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