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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. EU urged to take action on Mediterranean migrants The leaders will examine a plan to respond to the crisis, after more than 10,000 migrants are plucked from seas between Italy and Libya in a week and hundreds Read More…

Even after NFL concussion settlement, concerns abound

It’s been four years since lawsuits connected to concussions were first filed against the NFL, and even now that a settlement agreement finally has been approved by a federal judge, none of the hundreds of millions of dollars available to thousands of former players will be paid until any appeals are heard — and, after Read More…

Steelers, Patriots to open NFL slate as schedules released

NEW YORK — Among the Patriots’ rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. The opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 10 with a game matching quarterbacks with six Super Bowl rings and Read More…

Browns Notes: Coach Mike Pettine leaves door open for possible trade for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota

BEREA — Coach Mike Pettine’s smile was wide as he answered. “Sure,” he said. “Why not?” The question: Are the Browns open to trading up in the draft for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Browns have been, and continue to be, connected to Mariota because general manager Ray Farmer is believed to rate him highly, Read More…

Browns: Joe Haden sees “something different” in friend Johnny Manziel following rehab; coach Mike Pettine says Manziel remains in team’s plans

BEREA — Joe Haden considers Johnny Manziel one of his closest friends on the Browns. Haden is convinced Manziel has changed following a 10-week stay in rehab. “I had a heart to heart with Johnny yesterday,” Haden, a Pro Bowl cornerback, said Tuesday. “He’s one of my good friends. I could tell he’s motivated. I Read More…

Browns Notes: Johnny Manziel attends start of offseason program; Tashaun Gipson reportedly skips

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Quarterback Johnny Manziel was there. Pro Bowl free safety Tashaun Gipson wasn’t. The Browns’ offseason program began Monday, the first day players were permitted to work out with the team’s strength coaches. Players weren’t available to reporters and the team didn’t release an attendance report, but a source confirmed Manziel participated. It was expected after Read More…

Browns QB Johnny Manziel apologizes to Browns, fans in statement and vows to regain trust, respect

Johnny Manziel took “full responsibility” for his actions, apologized to the Browns organization and fans and vowed to work hard to regain trust and respect in a statement released Friday through the Browns. The nine-sentence statement was Manziel’s first public comment since leaving a treatment facility last week after spending 10 weeks there. Manziel confirmed Read More…

Ex-Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez found guilty of 1st-degree murder, sentenced to life in prison

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, who had been considered one Read More…

Patriots tight end Hernandez convicted of first-degree murder

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, looked to his right and pursed his lips after the Read More…

Browns Notes: Joe Thomas says Johnny Manziel must remove doubt that football is his top priority

CLEVELAND — Joe Thomas applauded Johnny Manziel for checking himself into rehab and spending 10 weeks at the facility, but said he still must show teammates that he’s a changed man. “I think it will be important for him when he comes back to prove to the team, to everybody in the organization that football Read More…