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Browns WR Gordon reports to camp, hearing looms

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Josh Gordon's off-field issues didn't put him out of shape.

The embattled Pro Bowl wide receiver reported to Browns training camp Friday and passed his conditioning test as he awaits an appeal hearing with the NFL on a possible suspension.

Gordon is scheduled to meet with the league Aug. 1. He's facing a one-year ban for violating the substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon was suspended for the first two games last season, but still led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns.

He entered the league with a history of marijuana abuse after failing two drug tests in college. Gordon reportedly entered a rehab clinic following a recent DUI arrest in Raleigh, North Carolina, and spent two weeks at a clinic in California.

Browns coach Mike Pettine would not confirm if Gordon had been to rehab, but cornerback Joe Haden said he was glad his teammate would take the necessary steps to get well.

"I'm happy for him," he said. I'm here for J.G. I love him like a brother. We're just here for support and for him to do that is a big step. That means that something's going on and he's trying to fix a problem."

Looking fit and fast, Gordon participated with Cleveland's other veterans in the grueling conditioning test.

As Pettine, general manager Ray Farmer and the team's quarterbacks, rookies and injured players looked on, Gordon and others ran 20 sprints they had to finish in mandated times.

Mammoth defensive tackle Phil Taylor did not complete the sprints, and tight end Gary Barnidge looked woozy as he was helped off the field by trainers before being driven on a cart to the team's headquarters.

Safety Donte Whitner finished the test by doing a somersault over the goal line. He slowly walked into the training facility escorted by a trainer.

It's the first time in years the Browns have had their conditioning test open to the media.

Pettine said the players who didn't pass will be re-tested before Saturday's workout.

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Browns' Manziel: "I've made some rookie mistakes"

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Like reading a blitz, Johnny Manziel knew the questions about his off-field wildness were coming. So the Browns quarterback struck first.

"At the end of the day," Manziel said, "I've made some rookie mistakes."

On the eve of Cleveland's first training camp practice, Manziel offered some regret about his well-chronicled weekend partying over the past two months. But as he prepares to battle Brian Hoyer for a starting job, Manziel said he's in good standing with his bosses.

It's time to get to work.

From here on, he's Johnny All About Football.

"There's some things that I wish I could've gone back and done a little differently," Manziel said. "But I'm continuing to move forward and trying to represent this organization in a positive manner and a positive light, so just very excited to be back in camp and it's football 24/7 and that's what I love doing. That's what I live for and it's what my job, so for me, I'm very excited to be back and can't wait to get this underway."

Manziel addressed his fraternity-guy-gone-wild behavior, which included photos of him hanging out poolside in Las Vegas with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, swigging champagne on an inflatable swan pool raft in a Texas nightclub and a shot of him rolling a dollar bill in a bathroom. Manziel didn't say he'll change completely, but vowed to be focused on football going forward.

Manziel opened his news conference by discussing his off-field exploits, saying he has spoken to Browns coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer.

"For me, my main thing is, people within this building, my teammates, the coaching staff, the higher-ups in this organization we've all been on the same page," he said. "We've all been good and very eager to be moving forward."

For weeks, the Browns downplayed Manziel's antics. But as his questionable conduct continued and after the startling photo surfaced of Manziel with the rolled-up bill, Pettine reached out to the 21-year-old while he was on vacation.

"I've talked about that with Coach Pettine," Manziel said. "I've talked about it with Farmer and the people I needed to talk about that with. Moving forward, they're good with everything. I've told them everything that I need to, and everything's been good."

While acknowledging he could have made better decisions, Manziel also defended his lifestyle.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with me going out and having a night life, having a social life," he said. "I mean I am 21 years old and I do like going out and it was the offseason. It's free time for us and if I want to go out and hang out with my friends or go to nightclubs or do things like that then I think that's within my rights to be doing that.

"I think there's other guys throughout the league that are doing that and I'm not trying to compare myself to anybody else but I think that's within my rights to be doing that."

Manziel doesn't think his busy social calendar will hurt his chances to beat out Hoyer.

"I don't believe so," he said. "I think there are definitely things moving forward to help better act as a professional. At the same time, I'm still learning how to do that. I'm still getting used to this role, still getting used to this league, still getting used to being a pro football player.

"I'm not in college anymore. There's things I need to do better, and that's just part of being a professional. Hopefully with time and going through this season and as time goes on, I'll get better at doing that."

The former Texas A&M star enters his first camp as Cleveland's No. 2 quarterback behind Hoyer, who will get all the reps with Cleveland's starting offense during the first few days of camp.

Pettine, who earlier this week said he wants to name his starter "pretty quickly" believes Manziel enters camp well prepared to compete with Hoyer.

The continuous controversy surrounding Manziel has somewhat overshadowed Hoyer, who has worked his way back after suffering a season-ending knee injury in his third start last season. The homegrown Hoyer is certain he'll hang on to his starting job and be behind center when the Browns open at Pittsburgh on Sept. 7.

"I'm confident I am that guy, but in the same sense I know if it comes down to the fact Johnny does beat me out I will have given everything I can and he will have totally earned it," Hoyer said. "That's what you want. All I ask is the opportunity and a chance to earn the job, and that's what I've been given. For me it's about going out every day and proving I can be that guy I believe I am."

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Mets RHP Matsuzaka returns to NY for elbow exam

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Mets say pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning to New York to have his right elbow examined.

Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that the 33-year-old Matsuzaka felt something in his elbow a day earlier.

Matsuzaka pitched two innings and gave up three earned runs in the Mets' 9-1 loss at Milwaukee on Thursday night.

"He said when he was loosening up, he could feel it a little bit, thought it was nothing that he couldn't pitch through, but when the game was over it bothered him pretty good," Collins said before Friday night's game against the Brewers.

Matsuzaka is 3-3 with a 3.87 ERA in 28 games this season. He's made nine starts.

Marshawn Lynch missing as Seahawks camp begins

RENTON, Wash. (AP) Marshawn Lynch famously said during Super Bowl week that he was "all about that action, boss."

His action on Friday was defiance. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks opened training camp and Lynch chose to stay away because of his current contract situation.

Beast Mode's status: absent and unhappy.

"Everybody is calling him, but it's a business at the end of the day," Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett said. "... So all you can do is support him. You want him to be here, but as a player you understand the business side too."

Lynch's absence was expected after former teammate Michael Robinson said Thursday night on NFL Network that Lynch would not show for the opening day of camp.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he was disappointed Lynch was not present, while reiterating the team wants him there and intends on him being an integral part of their plans for this season.

But the message was clear that Seattle put a plan in place before Lynch was signed to a four-year contract in 2012 and the Seahawks management is not inclined to stray from those plans.

"We've had a substantial plan working for us for years now and Marshawn was a big part of this plan. Just a couple of years back we made a big statement and made a big effort for him and we wish that he was with us now," Carroll said.

"But this is a tremendous opportunity for the guys getting their shot. Robert Turbin and Christine Michael they're ready to go and really fired up about this opportunity and are going to try and take full advantage of it."

Friday's result was building throughout the offseason with Lynch staying away from organized team activities and rumors that he would skip June's mandatory minicamp in protest of his contract structure.

Lynch showed up for the minicamp in June to avoid a hefty fine. But he finally decided to make a stand with the start of training camp.

Lynch can make up to $5.5 million this season in base pay and roster bonuses. It's the third year of a four-year contract and he's scheduled to make $5.5 million in base salary in 2015. He now faces fines of $30,000 for each day of camp he misses. Carroll said he's remained in contact with Lynch throughout the offseason.

"I'm hoping that he will be back with us," Carroll said.

Lynch has been the workhorse for Seattle's offense since his arrival via trade during the 2010 season. Lynch has 1,066 carries for 4,624 yards and 41 touchdowns in the regular season since joining the Seahawks.

He brought a physical style that helped define a young team early in Carroll's tenure.

"The attitude that he brought these past few years has been significant. When we were trying to make a mark that we were a physical, tough football team he stood right at the front of that and was a big part of it," Carroll said.

"But I think we have accomplished that now and that is our mentality and makeup. We're grateful that he was part of that and would like to get him back into it."

In Lynch's place, Turbin and Michael took most of the reps at running back Friday. Turbin is entering his third season, while Michael barely saw the field last year as a rookie as he struggled with the transition between college and the NFL.

"We all wish he was here," Michael said. "He's a great leader. We learn a lot from him. He'll be back soon."

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Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

One night only in a guest star role for Team Penske,

The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

Montoya is not looking for a good points day on Sunday and doesn't care about a top-10 finish. It's checkered flag or bust.

Although he won the Indy 500 in 2000, Montoya was winless in seven NASCAR starts at the Brickyard and let two near-victories slip away.

Houston WR Andre Johnson reports to camp

HOUSTON (AP) Andre Johnson had some issues with the Houston Texans.

In the end, they weren't serious enough to keep the star receiver off the field.

Johnson was all smiles when he reported to camp on time Friday. He's looking to move past an offseason where he skipped workouts and a mandatory minicamp after wondering in May whether Houston was "still the place for me."

"I love playing this game of football," Johnson said Friday. "I'm going to play football and ... I don't plan on walking away from this."

He wouldn't divulge what exactly was said or done to get him to return to the team. But said he's excited to be back with his teammates and that it's his plan to finish his career with the Texans.

His teammates shared his enthusiasm and said he received a standing ovation and was greeted with a slow clap when he entered a meeting on Friday morning.

"He's a huge part of our team," left tackle Duane Brown said. "He's been my teammate my whole time here and is a guy that I really look up to as a professional and it was good to have him in the building."

The 33-year-old Johnson, whose 1,407 yards receiving in 2013 ranked second in the AFC, rejoins a team that is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2-14 season. He's the longest-tenured Texan after joining the franchise in its second season. In that time he's played on just three teams with winning records, fueling his frustration.

"I've been here 12 years. There's been a lot of things that happened," he said. "I've never really voiced my opinion on them. I think at times there comes a time when you don't agree with something, things need to be said. That's pretty much what it was."

He said his unhappiness stemmed from playing here so long and feeling that his opinions were not being heard.

"It gets frustrating," he said. "After what happened last year, we went 2-14 and things like that, it wasn't only frustrating for me, I understand it was frustrating for everybody."

He knows some fans were angry at him for skipping Houston's offseason work, but said the people he came into contact with were overwhelmingly supportive.

"It was never nothing negative," he said. "I think if anybody had something negative, it was behind my back. It was nothing said to my face. It was a lot of positive things. People telling me that they're praying for me. Things like that. They understand the way I felt."

Johnson has been the one constant on this young franchise through three different coaching regimes, several quarterback changes and countless player moves. Houston's first two No. 1 overall draft picks David Carr and Mario Williams have come and gone, but Johnson has remained. He's the only player on the team to have endured both of the team's 2-14 seasons after also playing on the 2005 squad that posted the franchise-worst mark.

After spending his career here, he knew this was where he needed to be despite his reservations about enduring what some view as another rebuilding season.

"This is my home now," he said. "I've been here for so long. I was in Miami my whole life and now I've been here for going on 12 years. This is my home away from home. I think I've I built a great foundation here and built a great relationship with the fans."

Johnson has always been known as a hard worker and said he'll do whatever it takes to learn coach Bill O'Brien's new offense. He knows it will be a challenge after missing so much time, but he's looking forward to it.

He'll have a new quarterback this season after the Texans signed veteran free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason after Matt Schaub was traded to Oakland.

Fitzpatrick is eager to work with Johnson.

"He's a guy that's well-respected, not just here but around the league," Fitzpatrick said. "Anytime you have somebody like that on your team it's a great thing and he'll be a great player like he always has (been) and a great leader for us this year."

Several other Texans met with reporters after Johnson did on Friday, but this year's top overall draft pick outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was not among them. His status for the first day of camp is still unclear as he recovers from surgery to repair a sports hernia.

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Mercedes drivers fastest in Hungarian GP practice

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first and second practices for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg second.

Hamilton's best lap of 1 minute, 24.482 seconds was 0.238 seconds faster than Rosberg's in the second session.

The Mercedes drivers, who have won nine of the 10 races this season, were the only ones finishing below 1:25 and were over a second faster than in the first practice. Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel was third.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was fourth in the second practice, nearly a second off Hamilton's pace, followed by Kevin Magnussen of McLaren, Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull and surging Valtteri Bottas of Williams.

Gaining pole position for Sunday's race is considered a huge plus on the twisting Hungaroring circuit, where passing opportunities are very limited. Hamilton is looking to win his third race in a row and his fifth overall on this track.

Despite far outpacing the rest of the field, Hamilton said neither the soft nor medium Pirelli tire compounds had been satisfactory during the first two practice sessions on the famously dusty circuit.

"Neither tire was good, to be honest," said Hamilton, the 2008 F1 champion who completed 38 laps in the second practice, among the most of all drivers. "They both have very poor grip."

Hamilton said Mercedes was being careful about avoiding excessive tire wear during the practices.

"It feels like you have to slow down too much now, to the point that it's a bit boring," Hamilton said, adding that he expected a "tough day" during the last practice and the qualifying session on Saturday.

The British driver, who crashed during qualifying a week ago for the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim due to brake failure, could be heard complaining about the brakes again during practice over the team radio. Later, however, he did not seem too concerned.

"I just had some brake settings that weren't great," Hamilton said after the second practice session. "This is a continuing issue we need to work on."

Hamilton won four of the first five races of the season, later adding a fifth in at the British Grand Prix. He has 176 points, 14 behind Rosberg and 70 ahead of Ricciardo, the only other winner in 2014.

Cavs sign Wiggins, who can't be traded for 30 days

CLEVELAND (AP) Andrew Wiggins has an NBA home. Maybe a temporary one.

The Cavaliers signed the No. 1 overall draft pick Thursday, a deal that prevents Wiggins from being traded for 30 days.

Wiggins has been linked to a possible blockbuster trade with Minnesota for All-Star forward Kevin Love. But any deal now involving Wiggins can't be finalized for at least 30 days.

The Cavs and Timberwolves have had talks about a trade involving Love for months, long before Cleveland selected Wiggins, the former Kansas standout, with the first pick in May's draft. Those discussions have intensified lately, and the sides can still reach an agreement on a trade but nothing can be finalized until late August.

Now that Wiggins is under contract, the league's seldom-used 30-day rule is in effect.

It was designed to prevent teams from circumventing salary cap rules. There have been restrictions placed on trading newly signed rookies dating back at least to the 1998-99 collective bargaining agreement. At that time, rookies were lumped in with all free agents into a rule that prevents any newly signed player from being traded for three months or before Dec. 15 of the next season - whichever is longer.

The rule was modified in the 2005 CBA, separating rookie contracts into a different category with the shorter, 30-day timeline between signing date and trade eligibility.

The spirit behind the rule is that if a rookie is traded immediately after he signs, it gives the appearance that the acquiring team is the one that is in fact signing him.

Cleveland's decision to sign Wiggins actually makes it easier to trade him. Before his deal, he had zero value on the salary cap but his contract - worth $5.5 million - could allow the Cavs to clear enough room to take on a player like Love, who is sent to earn $15.7 million next season.

Minnesota has received offers from other teams, including the Chicago Bulls, who reached out to the Timberwolves this week, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions who requested anonymity because the teams were not publicly commenting on the process.

With Wiggins unable to be moved by Cleveland for a month, it's possible other teams may approach the Timberwolves to make a run at Love, a double-double machine and arguably the league's top power forward. Love is entering his final year under contract in Minnesota and has said he does not intend to sign a long-term deal with the Timberwolves.

Golden State has also shown interest in the 25-year-old Love. But the Warriors have refused to include guard Klay Thompson in any offer, which has been a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.

Cleveland had been reluctant to include Wiggins in a package for Love, but the team has softened its stance and may be willing to part with the 6-foot-8 forward with the 44-inch vertical leap.

The Cavs are interested in bringing in Love to form a "Big 3" with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. That trio would make the Cavs an overwhelming favorite in the Eastern Conference, and potentially put them in position to win the city's first major sports championship since 1964.

Cleveland also signed rookie Joe Harris, taken with the first pick (No. 33 overall) of the second round. Harris, who played at West Virginia, averaged 7.8 points in four summer league games in Las Vegas.

As the Wiggins-Love situation drags on, the Cavs continue to re-shape their roster. The team is interested in signing free agent Ray Allen, who has spent the past two seasons in Miami with James. On Thursday, the agency representing Allen knocked down a report that the NBA's career 3-pointer leader was leaning toward joining the Cavaliers.

Allen's agent, Jim Tanner, wrote on his Tandem Sports & Entertainment twitter account that reports Allen "intends to play for the Cavs are unfounded. He has not yet decided if he will play next season or for which team."

Cowboys' Romo happy to spend hours nursing back

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) Tony Romo paused to add up how long it would take to coddle his surgically repaired back on the first day of training camp.

The final tally for the 34-year-old Dallas Cowboys quarterback was about four hours.

Romo isn't worried about getting hit. He thinks he can play several more years, even joking Thursday that he'll still be taking snaps when he's 45.

But he knows he will have to alter his routine significantly after a herniated disk in a season-saving win at Washington led to back surgery that forced him out of a loss in a playoffs-or-bust finale against Philadelphia.

Romo said he spent about 2 1/2 hours before the first full practice on stretching and other work on his back, and he anticipated at least another hour or so before he went to bed.

The extra care probably won't take that long all the time, but there will be at least a little something every day.

"That's what I have to do and I have no problem doing that," Romo said. "I love the game and it's going to be something that's easy to do to make sure that you're always in good health."

The Cowboys are easing into the practice routine to try to cut down on injuries, mostly hamstring problems that have plagued the team the past two years. Not only did they skip most of the offense-on-defense work in the first full practice, but Romo shut down the throwing long before the practice was over.

"It's not to save the arm," Romo said. "I am excited about going full go shortly. We'll go up against the defense in a day or two and I am excited to be out there and rip them a little bit."

And Romo is thinking about more than just being healthy. He's going into his eighth full season as the starter talking like his prime is in his future rather than his past.

"I've said it before but I think over the course of the next four or five years, you'll see the best version of me that I've had throughout my career," Romo said. "That's for a lot of different reasons. As my body continues to get healthier and healthier, it's going to be better."

The Cowboys will need a healthy Romo if they want to end a rare four-year playoff drought. The last three of those ended with losses to NFC East rivals when Dallas had a chance to make the playoffs.

And the most recent one ended with Romo watching from home just two days after back surgery.

Tight end Jason Witten, a high draft pick for Dallas the same year Romo signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003, never doubted Romo would be back in charge. And Romo's favorite target isn't thinking about his quarterback being one hard hit away from more back trouble.

"I am not curious to see. I know what the guy is made of," Witten said. "I don't think any of us are looking at this and saying we have to protect him because he's fragile. He's better than he's been because he's taken care of that."

Even though the throws were limited, there wasn't any question that Romo was the first-team quarterback in camp drills after that role was filled by backup Brandon Weeden while Romo worked back into shape during the offseason.

"Whenever he's been out, had an injury, on the sidelines and can't play, it's killing him," coach Jason Garrett said. "So he's dying to play and he's dying to do everything he can to be back 100 percent so he can play as well as he can for us. It's an exciting day for him. You can see it out there. You can see it on his face."

And the medical staff can see it in the training room.

NOTES: CB Brandon Carr didn't make the trip to California so he could attend to a family health issue. Garrett said there was no timetable for his arrival at camp. ... Garrett said he expected G Ron Leary to be ready by Tuesday. He's out with tightness in his hamstring. ... OL Tyronne Green was released from the injured list.

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Tigers add Joakim Soria, bolstering shaky bullpen

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Detroit Tigers had seen enough from their shaky bullpen to know something had to be done. So the AL Central leaders acquired right-hander Joakim Soria.

"Obviously, I'm excited to have Joakim on the team," manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday before the Tigers began a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels. "Anytime you can get help of his caliber, especially at the back end of the bullpen, I don't think there would be a manager who wouldn't be excited about it."

Detroit dealt pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson to the Texas Rangers to get the 30-year-old Soria on Wednesday night.

"We gave up a lot, guys that we valued," Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers' general manager said. "But it was a necessity."

The Tigers have been working on improving their bullpen for weeks because closer Joe Nathan has been inconsistent and Joel Hanrahan apparently will not be able to pitch this year. Setup man Joba Chamberlain has been their only reliable reliever.

Soria was 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA, saving 17 games in 19 chances this year with the Rangers. He is 15-18 with a 2.51 and 177 saves in 199 chances over five years with the Kansas City Royals and two in Texas.

The Rangers signed Soria to an $8 million, two-year contract before last season as he was recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. His contract includes a $7 million club option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout, making him even more attractive to the Tigers.

Soria sounded as if he will be happy with whatever role the Tigers give him. He is joining a franchise aiming for its first World Series championship since 1984 and leaving a last-place team that has had high hopes dashed by a slew of injuries.

"This is a good feeling," the Mexican-born Soria said at his locker in Angel Stadium while accepting welcoming handshakes from several of his new teammates. "I'm grateful to Texas, because they picked me up when I was hurt. So I wish all the best for them. But now I'm in a different family, it's a different feeling. I'm willing to do whatever they want me to do and do whatever it takes to help this team win as many games as we can. My goal is to win the World Series."

Ausmus said that Nathan, a six-time All-Star, will remain as the closer with Soria starting out as the seventh-inning reliever and Chamberlain staying in his current setup role.

"I'd probably leave Joba in the eighth inning because he's pitched so well there," Ausmus said. "I talked to Joakim about pitching in the eighth if Joba wasn't available, and in the ninth of Joe wasn't available. So he was open to help any way he can. He's pitched in all those roles before, so having someone with Joakim's experience in the ninth if Joe can't go is enormous."

Ausmus is grateful for the chance to have two closers with All-Star credentials at his disposal, but insisted that Nathan is his guy right now - although he wouldn't use him more than three days in a row.

"I never saw (Soria) as a threat as a teammate," Nathan said. "He's another great arm that we brought over here. He's a gamer. He's a winner. He wants the baseball and he just loves to compete."

Nathan has struggled at times this season, but not enough to give Ausmus a reason to take him out of the closer role.

"Even though I've done quite a bit in this game, one of those things I've also done is pull myself out of the closer role when I don't feel as if I'm helping the club," Nathan said. "But right now is not one of those instances. I'm definitely throwing the ball with more consistency and getting a lot more swings and misses, which is always a good sign. But with that said, this is Brad's decision."

When the Tigers were considering making a move to add Soria, they asked Nathan and Ian Kinsler about him.

"Both of them were effusive in their praise of him as a player and a pitcher and as far as his makeup on the team," Dombrowski recalled. "One of the comments was, `Why don't we have him yet?' It was a real plus for us to know we can have another quality pitcher for next year."

To help this season, Detroit signed Hanrahan to a $1 million, one-year deal in May - a year after he had elbow surgery - to pitch out of the bullpen. Dombrowski, though, said it is "highly unlikely," that Hanrahan will pitch this season.

"We're not counting on him at all," Dombrowski said.

Smith plans to meet soon with Commissioner Goodell

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith expects to sit down with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "in the near future" to discuss any potential suspension for his off-field issues.

Smith was sentenced last Friday to serve three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges. Smith said he hasn't had time to begin the work yet, and will do so as his time permits.

Of the ruling, Smith said he is "glad how it worked out." He didn't want to guess whether he would face a suspension from the league, and said he is unsure whether Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty Thursday for his offseason arrest for domestic violence provides any indication.

"I'm glad it's behind me. I'm ready to move on. ... I've never been in this situation so I'm not going to speculate," Smith said of possible punishment. "I know I'm meeting with him in the near future - as soon as possible. We don't have a solid date, so I'm not sure."

Smith said he has been sober since entering rehab last year following his Sept. 20 DUI arrest. He underwent treatment at an in-patient facility and missed five games. Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked Thursday whether he thought the NFL might take the rehab stint into account as time served.

"Going through a process, which is, there's accountability for some mistakes made. And also he's been given the opportunity to do what he says he's going to do. So far he's doing that," Harbaugh said. "That's in their hands. They will discipline if they warrant it."

Tight end Vernon Davis said before the team's first practice that his desire for a new contract is no longer a focus and he will leave that to the team and his agent to discuss.

"That's in the past, I'm not really worried about the contract," he said. "That's between the team and my agent. That's not my focus right now. My focus is out here, trying to get better."

Of being fined up to $70,000 for missing the mandatory minicamp last month, Davis said, "I'm sure they did, absolutely."

So, why did he sit out the offseason program with two years remaining on his current deal?

"It was a very easy decision. All you have to do is think about the team," Davis said. "That's what I did. I thought about my teammates, especially some of the guys like Frank Gore, guys that they're on the last end of their contract. There's nothing like being here."

For Smith, he hopes 2014 is a fresh start - and he insists he is in the best shape ever entering his fourth NFL season.

In his latest run-in with the law, Smith was arrested April 13 at Los Angeles International Airport. Police said the 24-year-old Smith was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became uncooperative with the process, telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb.

In November, he pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Investigators said several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered, illegal weapons in Smith's house.

Yet, what Smith brings on the field makes him one of the NFL's best at pressuring quarterbacks.

Smith emerged as one of the league's most-feared pass rushers in 2012. He had a franchise-record 19 1/2 sacks that year, but failed to record a sack in his final six games including the team's postseason Super Bowl run.

Smith finished with 8 1/2 sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games last season, making eight starts. His 42 sacks are second-most in the NFL since he entered the league.

Harbaugh, for one, is only thinking about another year and another opportunity for success after three straight seasons coming oh so close.

"It's like it's your own birthday. It's a family reunion. It's like a rebirth, feel like you come out of the womb and reborn into football," Harbaugh said in his first news conference at new Levi's Stadium. "And definitely having Vernon there added to that. Everybody sees their friends, sees their family, haven't seen them for a month or so as we've been apart after the minicamp. ...

"Our team is the least unhappy team I've ever been around."

NOTES: Rookie first-round pick S Jimmie Ward made a diving interception on a tipped pass by Colin Kaepernick. "If I keep making plays like that I'm going to be seen," Ward said.

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AP source: Gordon to meet with league Aug. 1

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns may soon learn whether they'll have Josh Gordon this season.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver will have an appeal hearing with NFL officials in New York on Aug. 1, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.

The game-breaking playmaker is facing a possible one-year ban for violating the league's substance abuse policy for at least the third time. Gordon, who had a history of marijuana abuse in college, was suspended for the first two games last season. He still led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving.

The 23-year-old player is expected to report to training camp Friday and he'll be on the field Saturday as the Browns have their first practice under new coach Mike Pettine.

According to reports, Gordon recently checked himself into rehab following an arrest in North Carolina. ESPN's Adam Shefter said Gordon spent two weeks at a facility in California.

The Browns have been patiently waiting for a resolution on Gordon's playing status, and his uncertain future has left a cloud over the team. The Browns first learned of a potential extended suspension on the second day of the NFL draft in May. The ESPN report doused the optimism created after the Browns, who have had only two winning seasons since 1999, drafted quarterback Johnny Manziel.

On Wednesday, Pettine told the AP he's not consumed with worry about whether he'll have Gordon.

"The frustration has really faded," Pettine said. "It's just something that's there. It's equivalent of having that file folder with all the answers in it and it's sitting there ready to go. It's just got a lot of dust. We're just waiting to hear from the league and we'll act accordingly."

If Gordon loses his appeal, he could be banned by Commissioner Roger Goodell for a minimum of one year. He would then have to apply for re-instatement.

Gordon has complicated his case with two recent legal infractions. He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after speeding down a street in Raleigh, North Carolina, last month. In May, he was ticketed for speeding in Ohio, and a passenger in his car was cited for marijuana possession.

Pettine said the Browns have no plans to release Gordon. The team intends to support him and give him any help he may need.

"Josh is a Cleveland Brown and we want what's best for him and we want what's best for us," Pettine said. "He's smart. He's bright. He's creative. He's a guy that in a lot of ways that you root for."

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Blake Griffin withdraws from US national team

LOS ANGELES (AP) Blake Griffin has withdrawn from playing for the U.S. national basketball team this summer.

The Los Angeles Clippers star was one of 19 players selected to the roster from which the World Cup team will be chosen.

Griffin said Thursday that he wants to dedicate all his energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming NBA season.

Griffin joins Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook in not participating. Westbrook dropped out to rest previous knee injuries.

The Americans begin training camp Monday in Las Vegas, a month before the World Cup of Basketball opens in Spain.

Punished Priefer: 'I went way below the bar'

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings could hardly hold training camp without some kind of controversy or sideshow.

This version came with quite the twist: special teams coordinator Mike Priefer in the spotlight.

As players unpacked their vehicles carrying necessities and diversions for the three-week stay at Minnesota State University, signing autographs for clamoring purple-clad fans in this annual rite of reporting day, the usual prominent figures stepped to a makeshift podium for questions from the media outside the team's temporary residence.

This time, Priefer and long snapper Cullen Loeffler were among the interview subjects.

Strange, yes, but part of the process following former punter Chris Kluwe's complaint that Priefer taunted him two years ago with homophobic language. The Vikings commissioned an outside investigation that lasted six months and last week announced a three-game suspension for Priefer.

An unsatisfied Kluwe vowed a lawsuit, but his attorney has held off on filing it while continuing to talk with the team's lawyer about a settlement.

"In this situation, with my comment, I've failed. I didn't just go below the bar. I went way below the bar. I made a mistake. I was wrong. I brought a lot of undue attention to the Minnesota Vikings organization and brought an unwanted distraction, and I apologize," Priefer said.

According to a summary of the report released by the Vikings, Loeffler corroborated to the investigators Kluwe's claim that Priefer made a vicious anti-gay remark in their presence. Priefer was trying to agitate Kluwe, who became a supporter for same-sex marriage rights as Minnesota considered in 2012 a constitutional amendment to ban it. The amendment was voted down.

Loeffler said he never believed Priefer was being serious that day at practice.

"I always thought it was a joke. They both laughed about it," Loeffler said.

Kluwe and Loeffler were friends during their eight years together on the team, but Loeffler said Thursday he has not spoken with Kluwe since the outspoken ex-punter revealed in January his allegations of a bigoted atmosphere around the team and claimed he was cut prior to last season for his views and advocacy.

As for having to testify to the investigators against his position coach, Loeffler denied any hesitancy or awkwardness.

"I just told the truth, as the Vikings wanted me to tell the truth. They've been supportive throughout the process and it wasn't hard for me at all," he said.

General manager Rick Spielman clarified that Priefer's suspension will take effect with the start of the regular season, and he won't be allowed at team headquarters during that time.

Priefer will take sensitivity training classes through an outside firm during the first week of his ban, and the team will decide whether or not to reduce his punishment to two games.

Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer have been considering options for fulfilling Priefer's responsibilities while he's away, but they weren't ready to reveal the plan. Spielman said the suspension came directly from owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

"I can't tell you how much I respect him, not only as a family man and as a person but also as a football coach. He's made a mistake and he owned up to that mistake and he's going to serve his suspension, and then we're going to move on," Spielman said.

Neither Spielman nor Zimmer answered directly whether they considered firing Priefer, before or after the investigation was complete.

Priefer initially denied making the remark, but he relented in a subsequent interview with the investigators. Neither Spielman nor Zimmer expressed any concern about Priefer's dishonesty.

"I've had a chance to visit with Mike Priefer on numerous occasions, almost every single day, to find out what kind of person he is. I knew his father. I know what kind of family guy is. He made a mistake. So I just go by what I see. I don't go by what I hear," Zimmer said.

Priefer's voice seemed to crack at one point during his session with reporters: "I feel like I let my family down," he said.

The coach declined to speak about other issues pertaining to the investigation, including Kluwe's claim that he made multiple homophobic remarks. Priefer said he hoped his news conference was the beginning of a rebuilding of his credibility. He also said he wasn't worried about losing his job.

"I learned a hard lesson. I've got to be sensitive to other people in what I say, and that's not going to happen again," Priefer said.

Football was still at least part of the theme Thursday, with players required to pass a conditioning test in order to be cleared for the first practice Friday.

"It's a distraction today, but tomorrow, I'll be focused on football," Zimmer said.

Star running back Adrian Peterson was eager for Zimmer's first camp.

"I expect it to be tough. He's a hard-headed guy, and he expects the best from us," Peterson said.

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Twins trade 1B Kendrys Morales to Mariners

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Kendrys Morales is on his way back to Seattle to try and give the Mariners' struggling offense a boost as they chase a playoff spot.

The Minnesota Twins traded Morales to the Mariners on Thursday for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales hit 23 home runs and drove in 80 runs for the Mariners last season, but turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from Seattle to become a free agent.

"He's a professional hitter," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He gives us the opportunity to stretch out our lineup, so to speak. He's a nice fit, switch-hitter, hitting behind Robbie (Cano).

"He gives us options, what we want to do with (Kyle) Seager, where we want to hit him," McClendon said. "I like it."

Morales sat out the first two months of the season while searching for a new deal, signing a pro-rated $12 million contract with the Twins on June 8. But he hit .234 with 11 doubles, one homer and 18 RBIs in 39 games with the Twins, who have faded from contention in the AL Central.

The Mariners, who started the day with a half-game lead for the second wild-card spot in the AL, are hoping a return to Safeco Field could help Morales rediscover his swing. Seattle has the best ERA in the majors, but the Mariners offense is 14th in the American League in runs scored.

Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said missing spring training and the first two months of the season has had an impact on Morales' slow start. He believes he's close to his hitting stride.

"I don't think there is any question about that," Zduriencik said. "I thought it was interesting that he went right to the big leagues but that plays a part in the negotiations.

"Nevertheless, when you look at where he's at right now, we know what Kendrys is, we know his career as a hitter, we know what he did here and now that he's in a pennant race and technically has spring training under his belt - he did it at the major league level - I think we all feel that Kendrys is going to hit his stride and be the Kendrys Morales we all know," he added.

Morales was signed by the Twins to be the everyday designated hitter, but he played a lot of first base while filling in for the injured Joe Mauer.

"I think he was a good teammate. I think he was a good influence on some of the players in this clubhouse. He got off to a surprisingly quick start and then cooled off, of course," Twins GM Terry Ryan said. "We gave it a shot. Obviously, our club hasn't responded."

In the first sign that the Twins are starting to look at selling some of their veteran pieces to retool for next season, they acquired the 25-year-old Pryor in the exchange. Pryor has appeared in 34 games for the Mariners since 2012, posting a 2.81 ERA. He will report to Triple-A Rochester.

Pryor, who once regularly had his pitches clocked at 100 mph, started this season on the disabled list after having surgery to repair a torn right latissimus dorsi muscle. He made one appearance for the Mariners this season. He was 2-2 record with a 5.71 ERA in 34 2-3 innings for Triple-A Tacoma this season.

The Twins also recalled infielder Jorge Polanco from Class A Fort Myers.

Pucker up! NASCAR returns to Brickyard

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Dale Jarrett loved his win so much he had to celebrate it with a kiss.

His impromptu smooch with the bricks in 1996 has blossomed into a tradition for drivers of all series when they win at the famed Brickyard. It's time to pucker up again: NASCAR runs its 21st Sprint Cup race Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jarrett started a love affair that lasts to this day, and has crossed racing series all the way to the Indianapolis 500. Back in '96, Jarrett and crew chief Todd Parrott kneeled down and planted a big ol' kiss on the bricks that serve as the start-finish line at the venerable speedway.

"It's something I would like to take all the credit for," said Jarrett, who also won in 1999.

Winners of the Indy 500 usually drink milk after the race. Jarrett and Parrott had discussed the idea for a new celebration at a track steeped in history should they win the race. But by the time Jarrett grabbed the checkered flag in only NASCAR's second year at the track, he forgot about sealing the win with a kiss.

Like a good crew chief, Parrott again made the right call.

"Todd grabbed me and said, `Hey, remember what we talked about?' It wasn't until then that I remembered that we were going to do something a little different," Jarrett said. "We hadn't told any of the crew or anything like that. So we just told them to follow us and went out and had our time on the yard of bricks."

And now, every driver from Ryan Newman (last year's Brickyard winner) to Ryan Hunter-Reay (this year's Indy 500 winner) kneel down and plant one on the row of bricks.

"It's pretty cool now to see that every race winner and their teams," Jarrett said. "Of course it's a lot more orchestrated now than what it was at that time because we took everybody by surprise. But to even see the guys that win the Indy 500 go out and be a part of it, it's pretty cool to know you started a tradition that will probably carry on for a long time."

It's just a small slice of what makes racing at Indy so special. The Brickyard may not be the marquee race to win on NASCAR's schedule - the Daytona 500 is still No. 1 - but it's close.

"It's definitely the biggest win of my career," said Ricky Rudd, the 1997 winner. "I was never fortunate enough to be able to win at Daytona. I'd probably put them in that order, Daytona out front. Right in there would be Indy. If I wasn't able to win Daytona, at least I got Indy."

NASCAR first kicked the tires of running in Indianapolis in the early 1990s. By 1992, the stock car series was ready to take a dip in the Indy pool with two days of tire testing. An estimated 30,000 fans at the speedway chanted "we want a race" as the cars roared from the pit past a hand-lettered sign, "Indy fans love NASCAR."

In 1993, former IMS President Tony George extended the official invitation for NASCAR to come aboard.

On Aug. 4, 1994, NASCAR hit the track for its first practice on the 2 1/2-mile track. Cup veteran Ken Schrader was the first driver to complete a lap. Greg Sacks was the first to bring out a yellow flag as his engine burst just minutes into the opening session.

Tim Steele became the first to crunch his car against the speedway's concrete walls in an official practice.

So it began - and there was no turning back. IMS later added Formula One, Grand-Am, and motorcycles to the racing schedule.

The Indy 500 is still the undisputed king race of the track. But NASCAR sure has made it known stock cars have as much a place at the track as a nice swig of milk.

"It's the win that keeps coming," said 2000 winner Bobby Labonte. "You haven't been forgotten. I'll just put it this way: I don't have many trophies in my house, there's like two, and one is the Brickyard trophy. Kind of shows you where I put that, if that makes sense to you."

It sure does to any driver in NASCAR.

Canadiens agree to 4-year deal with Lars Eller

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens avoided arbitration with center Lars Eller, agreeing to a four-year contract with the 25-year-old Thursday.

"Now it's up to me to go out and play the best hockey I can," he said in a phone interview with the Canadian Press from the airport in Toronto, where he was waiting to catch a flight home to Denmark.

"This (Montreal) was the place I want to be. Four years was a term that both sides have been working on for quite some time."

Eller has 45 goals and 103 points in 286 games.

Eller was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Friday. He reportedly asked for $3.1 million for next season while the team offered $1.65 million.

"Going to arbitration was really a last resort if all other options failed," he said.

"We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long-term agreement with Lars Eller," general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "He is an important part of our group of young veterans.

"He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude. He is the type of player you can rely on for his play at both ends of the rink. Lars can play big minutes against the opponents' top players and still be an offensive threat. We are confident he will reach his full potential and become an impact player who will compete at a high level for many years to come."

Eller made up for disappointing regular-season production - 12 goals and 14 assists in 77 games - with a strong playoff performance. He had five goals and eight assists in 17 games as the Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

But he said the team was basing its decision on more than the playoffs.

"Of course it's been a very mixed season for me performance-wise. Certainly my playoffs probably helped my situation, there's no doubt about that. But this goes longer than just one playoff. I've been here for four years now. ... They know what they have in me and I know what I have in them."

Frank Lampard joins New York City FC of MLS

NEW YORK (AP) The newest team in Major League Soccer is doing its part to fill Yankee Stadium with stars.

New York City FC introduced Frank Lampard in Brooklyn on Thursday after signing the 36-year-old former Chelsea midfielder to a two-year contract.

"Why not New York? Talk about ticking all the boxes. I want to carry on challenging myself." Lampard said at a news conference . "That's a great challenge, isn't it? City of hopes and dreams. That's where you want to go to and play isn't it?"

The club owned by Manchester City of the Premier League and the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball previously signed David Villa of Atletico Madrid.

Both City and Atletico won league championships last year, meaning the expansion soccer team set to begin playing home games at the ballpark in 2015 is also bringing more champions to the Bronx than Yankee Stadium's full-time tenants have lately.

The news conference was held at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where several soccer fields share space on a pier in the East River across from Lower Manhattan. A couple dozen fans, many in blue Chelsea jerseys, gathered around to listen, at times cheering and getting laughs from the dais, where Lampard was flanked by club sporting director Claudio Reyna , chief business officer Tim Pernetti, and coach Jason Kreis.

Lampard, who has scored 211 goals for England and Chelsea, became the latest international star to move to MLS. Most famous was David Beckham, who joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 from Real Madrid.

"I think this is an incredibly exciting time for the league," Kreis said. Lampard is "a rare talent, one that scores a lot of goals from midfield, yet is also a disciplined defender and someone who reads the game brilliantly."

Lampard was asked about a widely reported encounter with American travelers in 2001, shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when he and teammates were fined following reports they were behaving drunkenly and boorishly in front of the distraught Americans.

"I was naive and a young boy at the time and I have some regrets," Lampard said. "I categorically didn't insult anyone, set out to insult anyone, behave badly in front of Americans or in fact anyone. I've tried in the last 13 years at Chelsea to build up - well, to just be a good man really and not just be a good footballer, but a good man off the pitch. ... Unfortunately it was very much misreported at the time in England and it's actually a chance for me to finally say that."

Lampard, speaking with the skyline behind him across the river, said he "of course" plans to visit the Sept. 11 memorial.

"You visit this great city, you know what it means to New Yorkers. I think you go and pay your respects, so yes I will," he said.

Kreis said the team examined the situation and considers the matter resolved. His newest player is someone with strong feelings about New York.

"I want New Yorkers to hear that and see that," Lampard said. "It's up to me to show them here and prove the footballer I am and the person that I am."

Chiefs, running back Jamaal Charles reach deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles has agreed to a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs announced the deal Wednesday night.

The two-year extension runs through the 2017 season, a person familiar with the contract said on condition of anonymity because the team didn't disclose terms of the contract.

The six-year NFL veteran ran for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last year to help the Chiefs reach the playoffs. He also had 70 catches for 693 yards and seven more TDs as Kansas City went 11-5 before losing to Indianapolis in an AFC wild-card game.

"Jamaal is an elite player in the National Football League," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement released by the team. "It was important for us to keep him here in Kansas City long-term."

Charles was expected to take part in the first practice scheduled for Thursday.

"I had no intention on holding out," Charles tweeted. "I just ran out of gas on the way to camp and my cellphone battery died. It was a long walk I tell ya."

Charles comes off a season with career highs in yards from scrimmage (1,980), rushing touchdowns, total touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

Charles' earned a base salary of $1.75 million in 2013, according to NFLPA records. He was set to earn a base salary of $2.65 million, which ranked 11th among NFL running backs, before the contract extension. Various media reports, including from NFL.com and ESPN, put Charles' two-year extension at $18 million.

With Charles secured through 2017, the Chiefs can shift focus to quarterback Alex Smith and outside linebacker Justin Houston, both of whom enter the final years of respective contracts.

Smith, 30, comes off a season where he completed 308-of-508 passes for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns against 13 interceptions. He established career highs in rushing attempts (70) and yards (431), and became the second quarterback in team history to start the season with nine consecutive wins.

Smith reported Sunday with rookies and quarterbacks and put in two morning practices before being excused from Wednesday's practice. The Chiefs' second-year quarterback attended voluntary organized activities and mandatory minicamp.

The same can't be said of Houston, who missed the Chiefs' offseason workout program. Houston is expected to report for training camp, however.

"From what I hear, he's going to be here," outside linebacker Tamba Hali said. "We're going to get it rocking again - Sack City. Whatever happened in the offseason, we put all of that behind us. He's here to play football just like every other man. That's our concern - get to that quarterback."

Houston, 25, comes off his second straight Pro Bowl selection and finished the season with 11 sacks in 11 games. He and Hali combined for 22 sacks in 2013.

Houston is entering the final year of his rookie contract, which pays him a base salary of $1.4 million. His 26.5 sacks since 2011 matches Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews' sack production during that span.

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Johnny Be Good: Browns expect Manziel to behave

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny will be good.

That's what the Browns expect from Johnny Manziel now that training camp is about to start.

Cleveland coach Mike Pettine said he's not worried about the popular rookie's wild off-field behavior carrying into the season, and he's determined not to let any outside influences affect his decision in picking either Manziel or veteran Brian Hoyer to be his starting quarterback.

Pettine, who will open his first training camp on Saturday, discussed Manziel, Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon's clouded situation and several other topics during an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Manziel, the former Texas A&M star nicknamed "Johnny Football" for his dazzling skills, made headlines throughout the offseason with his weekend partying. And while most of it was seemingly innocent, a recent photo of him appearing to roll up a dollar bill brought him even more scrutiny.

Pettine said he's aware of the photo, and during his recent vacation, he called Manziel to discuss the young QB's conduct.

"I picked up the phone and called him," Pettine said. "It was a good conversation, positive and I'm confident going forward, especially now that it's all about football, I think some of this will and should quiet down because football season is different. The offseason is one thing, but it's all about preparation and I think he knows that in order for him to compete well, he's going to have to probably be more dedicated than he has ever been."

Manziel has insisted he will not change his ways and that he's entitled to have fun away from football.

Pettine said Manziel has been dedicated to learning his playbook, and has given the Browns no reason to think he's going to be a distraction. Pettine believes Manziel is beginning to understand the responsibility that comes along with being a high-profile athlete and social media sensation.

"I think that's a process for him and I think he's headed along the right path with that," Pettine said. "I think if you talk to him, he gets it. Some of the things I think he gets a little frustrated with, but I think he's coming to realize that, `Yeah, this all comes with the territory."'

Hoyer, who has worked his way back after undergoing knee surgery, begins camp with a lead over Manziel in their competition to be Cleveland's starter. Pettine said he would like to name his starter "reasonably quickly," and that he and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have discussed how to divide up the practice repetitions evenly.

Manziel might have a huge fan following - his No. 2 jersey has outsold all others since April in the NFL's online store - but Pettine said he won't be swayed to name him a starter.

"All the decisions we make will be based on football," he said. "We're not going to base our depth chart on jersey sales.

"The external pressure will not factor into our decision. It's an easy decision for us. It's who gives us the best chance to line up against the Pittsburgh Steelers in September and win that football game, that's what it boils down to and that's as simple as it is for us. But it's a decision that we want to make pretty quickly because there needs to be some chemistry developed."

As for Gordon, Pettine expects him to report on Friday and practice Saturday. The team is awaiting clarity from the league on Gordon, who could be facing an indefinite ban for another violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Pettine said he's beyond the point of worrying about whether Gordon will play at all this season. Gordon was suspended two games last season.

However, Pettine did make it clear the team has no plans to release Gordon and want to help him.

"Josh is a Cleveland Brown and we want what's best for him and we want what's best for us," he said. "He's smart. He's bright. He's creative. He's a guy that in a lot of ways that you root for."

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