July 30, 2014

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Agent confirms Browns’ Josh Gordon gets appeal date

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EASTLAKE — A date has been set for Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon to appeal his pending one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s illegal substance policy. Gordon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he wasn’t permitted to reveal when the hearing will take place with league officials, but admitted it would occur “in the near future.” “Right Read More…

Pilot Flying J reaches agreement with feds: Must pay $92M penalty, won’t be prosecuted

Motorists stop for fuel at a Pilot Travel Center near North Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The truck-stop company owned by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam may have put the worst behind it after federal attorneys agreed not to prosecute Pilot Flying J for cheating customers. In an agreement with prosecutors, the nation’s largest diesel retailer acknowledges that employees cheated trucking companies out of promised Read More…

Browns: WR Josh Gordon asked to swap cars in chance meeting with P.J. Hairston before DWI arrest

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Charlotte Hornets rookie P.J. Hairston says he and Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon decided to swap vehicles following a chance meeting at a grocery store. Gordon was arrested for driving while impaired in Hairston’s 2015 Cadillac Escalade in Raleigh. That random encounter brought together two athletes who have had their Read More…

Troubled Browns WR Josh Gordon charged with DWI in North Carolina

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Josh Gordon can’t stay out of trouble, and it may cost him his NFL career. Cleveland’s All-Pro receiver was arrested early Saturday morning in Raleigh, N.C., and charged with driving while impaired. It’s the latest off-field incident for the ultra-talented player who faced a possible indefinite suspension from the NFL even before the arrest. Gordon Read More…

Report: Hearing set in late July for Browns WR Josh Gordon

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The Browns have been waiting two months for resolution regarding a possible suspension for All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon. The wait should be over relatively soon. Profootballtalk.com reported Thursday, citing a league source, that Gordon’s appeal hearing regarding a reported failed drug test is scheduled for late-July. The Browns open training camp July 26. The report Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel hits new heights with partying — a night at Justin Bieber’s

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The inflatable swan and money phone have been replaced. And surpassed. Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel had a new partying companion Monday — Justin Bieber, the bad boy of pop music. Manziel retweeted photos of him alongside Bieber and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, and TMZ Sports reported the party at Bieber’s Beverly Hills, Calif., condominium Read More…

Brian Hoyer’s agent says uncertain starting status could make long-term deal a long shot for Browns

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The Browns want to lock up homegrown quarterback Brian Hoyer for the long term before he enters the final season of his contract. It won’t be easy. The Browns are trying to sign Hoyer to a contract extension, ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported Monday, citing sources. Hoyer, a North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius graduate, Read More…

Johnny Manziel defends lifestyle, says he’s doing nothing wrong and doesn’t plan to change

Browns third-round pick Christian Kirksey watches as quarterback Johnny Manziel lobs the ball to one of the children at the NFL Rookie Symposium on Friday in Berea. Manziel was again in the spotlight for his partying ways. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

BEREA — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel made no apologies for his recent off-the-field antics. The rookie from Texas A&M also made it clear that he plans on having a lot more fun before training camp begins July 26. “I’m very about football and very about my job, which doesn’t get reported or won’t get reported, Read More…

Browns release training camp details

BEREA — The Browns will hold 13 public practices, along with their annual “Family Day” scrimmage, as part of their 2014 training camp schedule. Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer announced the itinerary Friday for the three-week camp, which begins July 26 with a 9:30 a.m. practice at the team’s headquarters in Berea. All camp sessions Read More…

Browns moving ‘Family Night’ scrimmage to Akron this year

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ annual “Family Night” practice will have a new name and a new location this year. InfoCision Stadium on the campus of the University of Akron has been chosen to host Cleveland’s intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 2. The “Family Day” event will begin at 11:30 a.m. and last 2½ hours. WKYC-TV 3 Read More…