Dolphins promote Benton from assistant to offensive line coach, replacing fired Jim Turner

New England cornerback Alfonzo Dennard runs after intercepting a pass intended for Indianapolis' LaVon Brazill. Dennard reported to a Nebraska jail on Saturday.



MIAMI — John Benton has been promoted to offensive line coach by the Miami Dolphins, replacing Jim Turner, who was fired in the aftermath of the team's bullying scandal.

Jack Bicknell Jr. was hired as assistant offensive line coach, the team said Saturday.

Benton joined the Dolphins as assistant offensive line coach Jan. 29. He has 27 years of coaching experience, including the past eight as the Houston Texans’ offensive line coach.

Bicknell was fired in January after one season as offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.


PATRIOTS: Cornerback Alfonzo Den­nard reported to a Lincoln jail Saturday to begin his 60-day term for a 2012 assault on a police officer.

Dennard, 24, reported to the Lancaster County Adult Detention Facility Saturday morning, according to corrections officers with the Lincoln facility who spoke on condition of anonymity because of jail policy.

The former Nebraska football standout will have to serve at least 35 days, after credit for good behavior and the three days he’s already spent in jail.

In April, a judge sentenced Dennard to two years’ probation, 30 days in jail and community service for assaulting an officer and resisting arrest outside a Lincoln bar days before he was chosen in the NFL Draft.


RAMS: A federal jury in St. Louis has found in favor of the football team in a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed she was forced out because of her age.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Lory Fabian was 56 when she sued the Rams in 2012, claiming she was one of a number of older employees who lost their jobs to younger workers.

Rams attorney Bradley Winters argued Friday that Fabian simply was not rehired when her contract ended. He said performance issues led to that decision.


INCOGNITO UPDATE: A person familiar with the situation says embattled former Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito is receiving treatment in the wake of the team’s bullying scandal.

The person said the NFL Players Association is supporting Incognito’s treatment.

Another person familiar with Incognito’s situation said the veteran lineman is exhausted after being “dragged through the mud” in recent months.

Incognito has sent tweets in recent weeks that varied dramatically in tone.


DUKE SPRING GAME: In Durham, N.C., Duke’s Blue team is the 24-14 winner over the White team behind quarterback Brandon Connette, who completed 11 of 16 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns.

Shaquille Powell’s 36-yard scoring run with 1:19 left clinched the win Saturday for the Blue. Powell was the game’s leading rusher with 75 yards on eight carries.

Anthony Boone completed 10 of 13 passes for 33 yards for the Blue.

Duke won the ACC’s Coastal Division championship last season.


MIAMI: After a difficult week for Miami’s football program, the Hurricanes began looking forward.

Former Miami defensive back JoJo Nicolas died earlier in the week after being involved in a car crash, and Hurricanes offensive lineman Hunter Knighton needed hospitalization after falling ill during a workout.

Golden said Nicolas was one of the players who helped smooth the program’s transition after Golden was hired at Miami.

“For me it was tough because I was the guy that came in from out of town and JoJo was one of those guys that embraced me,” Golden said.