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Browns coach: Manziel in 'better place' than before program

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Browns coach Mike Pettine said Wednesday he believes quarterback Johnny Manziel is in a "better place" since entering a treatment program earlier this month.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015

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Cleveland sports facilities await county's sin tax proposal

CLEVELAND (AP) — County officials in northeast Ohio are still deciding how to split a sin tax among stadiums and arenas of Cleveland sports teams.

Board members of the Gateway Economic Development Corporation — which owns the two facilities that house the Cleveland Indians and Cavaliers — said they haven't heard from Cuyahoga County about how the money will be divided, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported ( ).

County voters last May approved a 20-year extension of the sin tax on cigarettes and alcohol that's projected to raise $26 million a year. The money helps pay for maintenance at Progressive Field, home of the Indians; Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers; and FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Browns.

A sin-tax proposal is in the works and remains an ongoing discussion, said Matt Carroll, an assistant to County Executive Armond Budish.

The county will begin collecting the tax in July.

Former County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Ed FitzGerald, pointing out the long title drought among Cleveland's professional franchises, had suggested divvying up the maintenance money for the professional sports venues based on the teams' performance, but the plan failed to gain much support.

The Cavaliers have already moved forward on updates at Quicken Loans Arena ahead of the sin tax collections, the media group reported. The team paid for a new $9.6 million scoreboard and will apply to be reimbursed by sin tax revenues later.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015

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Indians minor leaguer Tyler Sturdevant suspended 50 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Cleveland Indians pitcher Tyler Sturdevant has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a positive test for a banned amphetamine.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015

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Eustace's 14 points help Miami (Ohio) beat Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO (AP) — Jaryd Eustace scored 14 in just 11 minutes of action and Geovonie McKnight had 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help Miami (Ohio) beat Bowling Green 67-56 on Wednesday night.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015

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AP Source: Wolves, Nets discussing Kevin Garnett trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a deal that would bring Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota, the place where his brilliant career began and to the franchise that he put on the map.

Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015

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