Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was charged Tuesday with threatening two former teammates who had harassed him in the NFL and with threatening his former prep school classmates, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.
Martin pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a loaded firearm, district attorney's office spokesman Greg Risling said.
A post on Martin's Instagram page last month showed a shotgun and referred by name to the private Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that he once attended.
The post also included mentions of the Instagram usernames of former Dolphins players Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey and said suicide and revenge were the only options for a victim of bullying.
Steelers sign ex-Packer
The Steelers started their overhaul in the secondary, signing free agent safety Morgan Burnett to a three-year deal. The 29-year-old Burnett has played all eight seasons of his NFL career in Green Bay, collecting 683 tackles, 44 passes defensed, nine interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries.
... The Bears matched the Packers' offer sheet for cornerback Kyle Fuller and signed him to a four-year contract.
... The Colts signed free agent receiver Ryan Grant, who spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Redskins. Last year he caught 84 passes for 985 yards with six touchdowns.... Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis says he has been released after 12 seasons with Jacksonville, and said the team disrespected him by waiting so long to do that most free-agents have already signed with teams.
... Recently fired Bears coach John Fox will be an NFL analyst for Fox.
Attendance way up
Attendance for the first two rounds of the women's NCAA tournament is the highest in a decade, with an average of 5,067 fans taking in the first 48 games.
Defending champion South Carolina led the way with 11,085 fans in the Gamecocks' opening-round win. SEC rival Mississippi State followed with 10,211 in the opener on its home court.
NCAA basketball officials are hoping for more strong numbers at the regionals this weekend. Albany has already sold nearly 7,600 tickets.
In hopes of revitalizing its struggling basketball program, Memphis has turned to a favorite son to bring back fans and regain the school's recruiting leverage in the basketball-rich city.
Penny Hardaway, who starred two seasons at Memphis in the early 1990s before a successful NBA career, was named the Tigers' new men's basketball coach. Hardaway replaces Tubby Smith, who was fired Wednesday after two seasons as the Tigers coach.
... Lamar Stevens tied his career high with 30 points, Tony Carr added 25 and Penn State beat Marquette 85-80 to advance to the NIT semifinals. ... Texas' Mohamed Bamba is leaving school for the NBA. The 6-11 freshman forward averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds last season.
No surgery for Turner
Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman. Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast on his wrist.