Money Manziel: Browns agree to contract terms


CLEVELAND -- Johnny Football has some NFL money to rub between his fingers.

Johnny Manziel agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, becoming the fourth of the team's six draft picks to do so. Terms were not immediately available.

Manziel will enter training camp next month as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who has been limited during offseason practices while recovering from offseason knee surgery

Browns coach Mike Pettine has stressed that Manziel has some catching up to do, but has made it clear that Hoyer's lead was not "insurmountable."

The Browns moved up in last month's draft to select the popular and polarizing Manziel with the No. 22 overall pick.

Manziel went 20-6 in two seasons at Texas A&M, where he became the first freshman to win the Heisman and earned the "Johnny Football" nickname for his dynamic playmaking abilities.

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Gatlin wins: Justin Gatlin remained unbeaten this season by winning the 100 meters at the Golden Spike meet on Tuesday, clocking 9.86 seconds to improve his own world-leading time of the year.

Gatlin pulled away from the rest of the field from the start, easing to his eighth victory of the year despite facing a head wind of 0.4 meters per second.

Woods swinging: Tiger Woods is making progress in his recovery from back surgery and starting to extend his swing.

Woods already has missed two majors this year while he recovers from a microdiscectomy on his back on March 31. He last played on March 9 at Doral, when he closed with a 78 despite the pain in his lower back. Woods has said he has no idea when he will be healthy enough to return to competition.

Nigeria bombing: Hours after a suicide bomber detoated explosives packed into a tricycle taxi at an outdoor World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigerian, police said the death toll was 14 with 26 people wounded.

Witnesses said the tricycle taxi was driven into the outdoor area in Damaturu, capital of Yobe state, soon after the Brazil-Mexico match started Tuesday night.

Browns release WR: The Browns have released wide receiver Earl Bennett about a month after signing him to a free agent contract.

Cleveland signed Bennett on May 15 to help ease the blow from the potential loss of wide receiver Josh Gordon, who could be facing a potential lengthy suspension for failing a drug test.

The 27-year-old Bennett started 29 games and has 185 career receptions for 2,277 yards and 12 touchdowns during his six seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Gordon's new sponsor: Panasonic Corp. has reached a deal with Hendrick Motorsports that will make the company the primary sponsor for Jeff Gordon's No. 24 team for two races each year for the next three seasons in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series.

Gordon's No. 24 Panasonic Chevrolet will debut this weekend at Sonoma

Sizemore designated: The Boston Red Sox have designated outfielder Grady Sizemore for assignment.

The former Cleveland Indian hit .333 in spring training and started in center field on opening day when he homered in Boston's 2-1 loss at Baltimore. But in 52 games, Sizemore hit .216 with two homers and 15 RBIs.

Hoops hero convicted: A federal jury convicted former NBA player, Tate George, on four counts of wire fraud last fall. Each count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors say George got investors to put money into what they thought was a real estate investment opportunity. George didn't invest in real estate but ran a Ponzi scheme by using the money to pay back other investors and for personal expenses.

George is known for his famous shot for the University of Connecticut to beat Clemson in the 1990 NCAA Tournament. He later played for the NBA's New Jersey Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.

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