- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

PRO FOOTBALL

CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel is getting another shot at the Bengals.

With Josh McCown nursing injured ribs, the Browns will start Manziel at quarterback Thursday night when they visit Cincinnati.

Manziel made his first NFL start last season against Cincinnati, losing 30-0 while being chased, roughed up and taunted by the Bengals. Now, he’ll face one of the league’s four remaining unbeaten teams on short notice.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Three years after Colin Kaepernick led the San Francisco 49ers on a Super Bowl run, coach Jim Tomsula decided his struggling quarterback needed a break and his dormant offense needed a change.

Tomsula announced Blaine Gabbert will take over the starting role from Kaepernick this week against Atlanta. The 49ers (2-6) have failed to score a touchdown three times in the past five games and have been held under 200 yards of offense in four of eight games.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Top-ranked North Carolina lost senior guard Marcus Paige to a broken right hand for three to four weeks.

The school announced Paige’s injury, saying the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference co-player of the year broke a bone in his non-shooting hand during Tuesday’s practice.

Paige, a 6-foot-2 guard, has led UNC in scoring each of the past two seasons.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan extended John Beilein’s contract another two years, giving its basketball coach a deal that now lasts through the 2020-21 season.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Dodgers ace Zack Greinke opted out of the final three years of his contract with Los Angeles, giving up a guaranteed $71 million to become a free agent again.

The 32-year-old right-hander was 19-3 with a major league-best 1.66 ERA this season, when he struck out 200 in 222 2-3 innings.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals declined his $13.75 million player option for next season and will test free agency for the first time, though he could still return to the World Series champions.

Earlier in the day, the Royals declined mutual options on right fielder Alex Rios and starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie.

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds promoted Dick Williams to general manager as part of a succession plan for 64-year-old Walt Jocketty, who will stay on as director of baseball operations for one more year before moving into an advisory role.

Williams is 44 and has been in the Reds’ front office for the last 10 years, most recently as assistant general manager. After 21 years as a general manager with St. Louis and Cincinnati, Jocketty wanted a less demanding role.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants declined their 2016 contract options on outfielders Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd.

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York state judge threw out an arbitration decision that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, owes the Washington Nationals about $298 million for the team’s 2012-16 television rights.

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HOCKEY

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid is expected to be sidelined for months with a broken left clavicle, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Chiarelli said McDavid will require surgery after breaking his collarbone in Tuesday night’s 4-2 win over Philadelphia. The first overall pick in this year’s draft was hurt after he crashed into the boards.

McDavid had 12 points in 12 games and was selected the NHL’s rookie of the month for October.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett’s arraignment on a citation for operating a vehicle while impaired was rescheduled for next week.

The Franklin County Municipal Court clerk’s office confirmed Barrett’s attorney requested the continuance but said it didn’t know why. The arraignment, which had been scheduled for Friday, was pushed back until Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Barrett is suspended for the top-ranked Buckeyes’ home game Saturday against Minnesota. Cardale Jones will start in his place.

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NBA

MIAMI (AP) - Gerald Green of the Miami Heat was hospitalized for unknown reasons, and did not accompany the team to Minnesota for its game there Thursday.

The Heat have ruled Green out for Thursday’s game, citing illness - the same reason given when he sat out Tuesday’s home game with Atlanta.

The circumstances surrounding Green’s trip to the hospital were a mystery. He was admitted Wednesday morning.

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WNBA

NEW YORK (AP) - WNBA President Laurel J. Richie is stepping down after more than four years on the job. The league said in a release that Richie is leaving to pursue other opportunities that include being an advocate for girls and young women. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said it was Richie’s choice to leave.

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TENNIS

PARIS (AP) - Roger Federer raced into the third round of the Paris Masters with an exhilarating display of attacking tennis, thrashing Italian Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-1, 6-1 in just 47 minutes.

Fresh off his victory at the Swiss Indoors last weekend, the 17-time Grand Slam champion looked strong on the indoor hard court, winning 92 percent of points on his first serve as he breezed through the first set in 19 minutes.

ZHUHAI, China (AP) - U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci won her first match at the WTA Elite Trophy, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4.

The tournament brings together 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals in Singapore, including Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Venus Williams.

In another singles match, third-seeded Karolina Pliskova beat Jankovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

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OLYMPICS

PARIS (AP) - In another blow to the credibility of a major sports federation, former IAAF President Lamine Diack was placed under criminal investigation on suspicion of taking more than $1 million in bribes from Russia to cover up positive doping tests.

French prosecutors said Diack is being investigated on corruption and money-laundering charges. Diack and other IAAF officials are suspected of taking money in 2011 to allow at least six Russian athletes to continue competing, some of them at the 2012 London Olympics, when then they should been banned for doping.


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