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Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel defends Vegas trip

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Johnny Manziel isn't going to change his lifestyle for anyone - like it or not.

Cleveland's celebrity-in-cleats rookie, who spent a well-documented weekend of sun and fun in Las Vegas, said Wednesday he's dedicated to the Browns. And he doesn't intend to stop being the young quarterback who morphed into Johnny Football and a phenomenon during college.

"I don't live my life according to you guys or according to what other people think of me," Manziel said following practice, surrounded by reporters and cameras. "I'm going to live my life to the fullest and continue to be committed to this game and committed to what I need to be doing here, and trying to earn my place in this locker room and with these coaches and this organization.

"If I want to go out and have some fun and it doesn't hinder what my main goals in life are, then I really don't care what anyone has to say."

The 21-year-old Manziel said he was surprised by the reaction to his weekend getaway in Vegas, where he took advantage of a break from the Browns' organized team activities to hang out poolside with Patriots partying tight end Rob Gronkowski, attended a UFC fight and enjoyed the nightlife. He was filmed spraying champagne on patrons in a Sin City hot spot.

Manziel said he was somewhat caught off-guard by the publicity surrounding his Memorial Day weekend jaunt, which was chronicled during his stay on Twitter and other social media sites. In fact, Manziel partially contributed to the mania by posting photos of himself with Gronkowski and others by the pool.

He's not apologizing for having fun.

"I don't really feel that it's a story," he said. "It was a little bit of a break for us and I got to enjoy it and relax."

Manziel's aware of criticism about his decision to leave town, and that some may feel he's not working hard enough. After all, he's not even Cleveland's starting quarterback and there's no guarantee he'll beat out Brian Hoyer in training camp.

Manziel is only concerned about what his teammates and coaches think. They are united in their support of the first-round draft pick, a player Cleveland fans hope can revive their franchise.

Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine said Manziel, who took some snaps with Cleveland's first-team offense, told him about his plans to go to Vegas. The team didn't have any issues with the trip.

"My advice to him was: have fun," Pettine said. "He's a young guy. He's done everything that we've asked. The playbook has not been an issue for him. It's something that I know a big deal was made of it, but internally we have an expectation for all of our players outside of the building to act a certain way, and it's really a non-issue.

"Just like anybody else, he's a man and we're going to treat our guys like that until they prove that they need to be treated otherwise."

Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas might eventually protect Manziel's blindside, assuming, that is, the young QB wins the starting job. Thomas said Manziel's weekend excursion wasn't anything to be concerned about.

"Not a big deal," he said. "If you were doing that the night before a game then it would be a different issue, but it is the offseason. You need a chance to decompress and get your mind off of football because it's a long haul and the season is going to be a long grind, so you need to kind of let loose a little bit when you get the chance."

Being the center of attention is nothing new to Manziel. He's been in the middle of madness since breaking onto the scene as a Texas A&M freshman.

"I can't think back to the days of how it was when I didn't have people tweeting or taking pictures of wherever I was - and not in a way that I have a big head or anything like that," he said. "It's just how things are, wherever I want to go people are taking pictures and think I'm doing something wild when I'm just living a normal life."

His off-field actions aside, Manziel is staying humble and hungry. All he wants to do is live up to his hype.

"I'm just another rookie," he said. "I'm just another guy that comes up just like any other quarterback or any other guy does from the next year. Yeah, Heisman Trophy and I did some OK things in college, but I haven't done anything here."

Sharapova reaches 3rd round at Roland Garros

PARIS (AP) Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round at the French Open by beating Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-5, 6-2 Wednesday.

Sharapova won the French Open title two years ago and lost to Serena Williams in last year's final.

With Williams losing earlier Wednesday, the seventh-seeded Sharapova takes over as the main favorite at Roland Garros.

Federer advances to 3rd round at French Open

PARIS (AP) Roger Federer moved into the third round of the French Open by beating Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday.

Federer, the 2009 French Open champion, has not reached a Grand Slam final since winning his 17th major title at Wimbledon in 2012.

The fourth-seeded Federer played in two clay-court tournaments before coming to Roland Garros. He reached the final in Monte Carlo but lost his first match in Rome. He missed the Madrid tournament because of the birth of his second set of twins, Leo and Lenny.

Both Williams sisters fall at French Open

PARIS -- Instead of looking forward to playing each other this week at the French Open, Serena and Venus Williams will both be heading home early.

The American sisters both lost in the second round on Wednesday, each being outplayed by little-known opponents at Roland Garros.

Serena, the defending French Open champion and a 17-time major winner, lost to Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-2, 6-2. It is her earliest exit at a major tournament since falling in the first round at Roland Garros two years ago.

A short time earlier, older sister Venus was eliminated by Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The Williams siblings would have met in the third round had they both won.

"It was one of those days. You can't be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam," the top-seeded Serena said. "It happens, you know. It's not the end of the world. It is what it is."

The sisters have lost on the same day at a major tournament twice before, with the last coming in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011. The other time was at the French Open in 2008 in the third round.

With Li Na also eliminated, it is the first time in the Open era that the top two seeded women have lost before the third round at any Grand Slam tournament.

Serena struggled from the start against the 20-year-old Muguruza and finished the match with only eight winners and 29 unforced errors.

"Just nothing really worked," Serena said. "I don't know anything that actually worked."

Muguruza was playing at the French Open for only the second time in her career. She lost in the second round last year, but reached the fourth round at the Australian Open in January.

Venus' loss was the eighth time in her last nine major tournaments that she has failed to win more than one match.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion won the first set and was up an early break in the second. But the 19-year-old Schmiedlova responded by taking eight of nine games and won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

"I felt like this was a match that I was most likely going to win. I'm sure, I don't know how Serena felt, but I'm sure she feels like that every time she goes on the court," Venus said. "So I think our expectation was to play in the next round."

Since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2011, Venus has been eliminated in the first or second round at every Grand Slam tournament she has played except the 2013 Australian Open, where she reached the third round.

At 33 years old, Venus is far from her best. But she has been having a solid season in 2014, winning a hard-court title in Dubai and reaching the final in Auckland.

Against Schmiedlova, the 29th-seeded Venus ended up with 47 unforced errors. Schmiedlova had only 20.

Venus won the last of her seven major titles at Wimbledon in 2008. She has never won the French Open, but lost to Serena in the 2002 final in their only meeting at Roland Garros.

Also Wednesday, 2012 French Open champion Maria Sharapova was scheduled to play, while Roger Federer was already on court.

No. 12 Flavia Pennetta of Italy also lost, while No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard of Canada won.

In the men's tournament, Novak Djokovic made it through to the third round. The second-seeded Serb beat Jeremy Chardy of France 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

Djokovic needs to win the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam.

No. 18 Ernets Gulbis of Latvia, No. 27 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain and No. 29 Gilles Simon of France also advanced to the third round.

No. 15 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and No. 20 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine lost.

One match that carried over from the first round ended quickly Wednesday with Steve Johnson of the United States advancing. The American saved two match points on Tuesday in the third set before completing a 4-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-3 win over Laurent Lokoli of France.

The match had been suspended because of darkness on Tuesday night with Johnson leading 3-1 in the fifth.

Ex-Patriots player due in court in 2012 killings

BOSTON (AP) Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is due in court Wednesday to be arraigned on murder charges alleging he ambushed and gunned down two men in 2012 after a chance encounter inside a Boston nightclub.

Hernandez is scheduled to appear Wednesday afternoon in Suffolk Superior Court in the shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. A third man was wounded.

Prosecutors have said that after Hernandez and an associate encountered the two men in a club, Hernandez followed them in an SUV, pulled up alongside them as their vehicle stopped at a red light and opened fire.

Hernandez, 24, already faces charges in the 2013 slaying of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. He was released by the Patriots last summer after his arrest in Lloyd's shooting death.

Authorities have not said if there is any connection between the 2012 killings and Lloyd's slaying. Lloyd's body was found in an industrial area near Hernandez's home in North Attleborough. Lloyd was dating a sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Hernandez's lawyers have said he is looking forward to proving his innocence.

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