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Hoyer, not Manziel, starting exhibition opener
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:32 PM

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BEREA — Johnny Manziel will start Cleveland's exhibition opener on the sideline.

Browns coach Mike Pettine chose Brian Hoyer as the starting quarterback for Saturday's game in Detroit, giving the veteran the first chance to impress before Manziel takes the field.

Pettine said the decision to start Hoyer over Manziel was based on the veteran's performance so far in training camp.

The Basketball Hall beckons for Alonzo Mourning
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:29 PM


Associated Press


MIAMI — It was arguably the signature moment of Alonzo Mourning's career. He blocked a shot in the final minutes of Game 6 of the 2006 NBA Finals, then wriggled on the floor in what appeared to be celebration for a few seconds.

Turns out, it was anger.

Mourning was unimpressed by his chase-down block of Dallas' Jason Terry with 8:55 left in the game where the Miami Heat would clinch their first NBA title. Instead, his memorable air-punching, arms-flailing reaction was borne from how Heat teammate Gary Payton had been part of a turnover seconds earlier and then argued with a referee at such a critical moment in the game.

His fire was on full display in that moment.

Miller, Jones excited to play with LeBron again
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:24 PM

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INDEPENDENCE — They were pieces of a championship puzzle in Miami, perfect fits.

Mike Miller and James Jones hope to be just as valuable accessories in Cleveland to help LeBron James win a title that would mean more to the superstar than any other.

"Obviously," Miller said, "our goal is to win a championship."

Dalton, Smith in spotlight as Bengals visit Chiefs
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:20 PM


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As Alex Smith was walking off the practice field, a member of the Chiefs communications staff intercepted him, the two of them huddling just out of earshot of reporters.

Moments later, when Smith stepped in front of the cameras, the first question he was asked was whether the new contract that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had signed would have any impact on his own negotiations for an extension to remain in Kansas City beyond this season.

"To be honest, I had no idea they were even talking," Smith said. "I just found out walking off the field, just to give me a heads up because I'd probably get asked it. So other than that, I've got nothing for you. I don't know anything about it."

NFL Preseason Schedule
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 8:17 PM

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Today's Games

Indianapolis at N.Y. Jets, 7 p.m.

New England at Washington, 7:30 p.m.

San Francisco at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8 p.m.

Seattle at Denver, 9 p.m.

Dallas at San Diego, 10 p.m.