Browns limiting media access to Manziel
In an effort to minimize the frenzy around quarterback Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns are limiting media access to the first-round draft pick’s appearance this weekend at the team’s rookie minicamp. The Browns are allowing only local reporters — and maybe some select national ones — to be at the former Texas A&M star’s first practice as an NFL player. The Browns selected Manziel in last week’s draft, and already the 21-year-old has brought long-sought attention to a franchise that has had just two winning seasons in the past 15 years.
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When and if the NFL’s new drug policy is finalized and announced, it will include changes specific to marijuana and other drugs of abuse. ESPN.com reported the renegotiation of the drug policy, ongoing since 2011 and including testing for human growth hormone, also will significantly increase the threshold for a positive marijuana test and reduce the punishments for violations involving that drug.
The Chicago Bears and first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller agreed to a four-year contract that includes an option for a fifth season. Fuller, a cornerback from Virginia Tech, was taken with the 14th pick.
Fuller’s deal is expected to be worth close to that of last year’s 14th pick, Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei — an approximately $9.6 million, four-year deal with a $5.4 million signing bonus. CBSSports.com reports Fuller’s deal at roughly $9.7 million over four years with a signing bonus slightly lower than Lotulelei’s.
In another move, the Arizona Cardinals signed linebacker Keenan Clayton and safety Anthony Walters to one-year deals.
Judge orders psychiatric testing for Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius will undergo psychiatric evaluation after the judge ruled at his murder trial that his state of mind when he killed his girlfriend should be assessed by experts, possibly delaying court proceedings for two months.
The ruling was prompted by testimony by a psychiatrist on behalf of the defense that the double-amputee Olympic athlete has generalized anxiety disorder and that this may have influenced his judgment when he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Feb. 14, 2013.
The chief prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, then requested psychiatric testing — a move opposed by Pistorius’ chief lawyer. Judge Thokozile Masipa agreed with the prosecutor, saying it was important to independently assess Pistorius’ state of mind.
The Pac-12 Conference will announce at a news conference Thursday that it is moving the league championship game to the San Francisco 49ers’ new stadium in Santa Clara.
The NCAA ruled that Boise State can immediately assist a homeless recruit who signed to play with the team in February.
Antoine Turner said in an interview with KTVB-TV in Boise that he’s recently been living in a motel, along with a car belonging to his girlfriend, as he finishes up classes at Fullerton College in California.
Cristian Maidana capped a quick back-and-forth scoring sequence with his first goal of the season, and the Philadelphia Union (2-5-5) broke a nine-match winless streak with a 2-1 victory over host Sporting Kansas City (5-3-2).
Sevilla goalkeeper Beto saved two Benfica penalty kicks in the shootout in Turin to win the Europa League, yet another international title for Spain. Sevilla substitute Kevin Gameiro scored the decisive kick to seal a 4-2 shootout win. The teams played a 0-0 draw through extra time.
Federer falls in Rome
Roger Federer appeared to lose focus in his first match back after the birth of his second set of twins, allowing a lead to slip away in a second-round loss at the Italian Open in Rome. The 17-time Grand Slam winner from Switzerland lost to Jeremy Chardy of France 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).
• Mel Patton, a double gold medal-winning sprinter at the 1948 London Olympics and a five-time NCAA champion, has died. He was 89. USC said he died May 9 in Fallbrook, Calif.
• Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is under criminal investigation in Portugal for suspected tax fraud and money laundering, according to U.S. court documents obtained by The Associated Press.
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