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  • Browns name Brian Hoyer starting quarterback for Week 1

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    Brian Hoyer is the Browns’ starting quarterback.

    Browns coach Mike Pettine announced this morning that Hoyer will start the Week One game against the Steelers, and Johnny Manziel will be the backup.

    “He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Pettine said of Hoyer. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.”

    Neither Hoyer nor Manziel has played particularly well in the preseason, but Pettine suggested that Hoyer is the safer, more stable pick.

    “I think Brian’s been very poised,” Pettine said. “I think he’s handled the situation well. He’s had a lot of things going on.”

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  • Giants Pablo Sandoval takes selfies with fans' phones during 4-hour rain delay

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    What to do during a four-hour rain delay?

    Well Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval had a great idea.

    Hours after the game was delayed in the fifth inning with the Cubs winning 2-0, fans who were near the Giants' dugout decided to toss Sandoval their phone to allow him to take a selfie. He would then toss their phone back to them after he was done taking the photo.

    To see proof, watch the video above.

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  • NASCAR AMERICA: Crew chief Alan Gustafson key to Jeff Gordon’s renaissance

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    After the end of the 2010 Sprint Cup season, Hendrick Motorsports made some changes to their crew chief lineup. Among those changes was the installment of Alan Gustafson as CC for the No. 24 team of Jeff Gordon (Gordon’s previous CC, Steve Letarte, became the CC for Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the No. 88 team).

    Since 2011, Gordon, Gustafson, and the No. 24 camp have endured through bouts of inconsistency. But starting from last year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, the group has been one of the strongest in the Cup garage.

    This year, Gordon’s “Drive for Five” has received a major jolt with three victories, including one last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

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  • NASCAR AMERICA: New home, new sponsor for Carl Edwards, Daniel Suarez

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    Sprint Cup star Carl Edwards’ move to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015 is big news – but if we’re honest, we’ve pretty much been thinking this would happen for months.

    So, the surprise from JGR’s big announcement Tuesday morning mostly centered on the team’s new sponsor, ARRIS.

    The telecommunications equipment company will serve as a primary sponsor for Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota in 17 Sprint Cup races next season, and will also back JGR’s new full-time driver in the Nationwide Series,Mexican pilot Daniel Suarez (who will drive the No. 18 Toyota in that series).

    ARRIS isn’t exactly a household name compared to other sponsors in the JGR stable like M&Ms, Subway, and FedEx. But it’s coming into the sport with a big investment – and as Kyle Petty noted on today’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA, that’s welcome news for NASCAR on the dollars-and-cents side of things.

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  • Eagles' LeSean McCoy suffering from turf toe

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    ProFootballTalk: The PFT crew discuss LeSean McCoy's injury, which he describes as a "small version of turf toe." Mike Ryan, former NFL athletic trainer, explains what turf toe is and says it is up to the Philadelphia training staff to limit the amount of stress put on McCoy's big toe.

     

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  • U.S. Youth Olympic swimmers teammates now, college roommates later

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    U.S. Youth Olympic swimmers Hannah Moore and Clara Smiddy are not only teammates in Nanjing, but they are also set to be roommates at the University of Michigan.

    They met for the first time on a recruiting trip at Ann Arbor and became such quick friends that they decided to room together.

    They also excel in the same stoke, backstroke, as evidenced by their gold medals at the Games.

    Smiddy, home schooled in Miami, captured the 100m back by .01 on Monday. Moore, of Cary, N.C., tied for gold in the 200m back with an Italian swimmer on Tuesday.

    The Youth Olympics continue with coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday.

    -- Nick Zaccardi, OlympicsTalk.com

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  • Carl Edwards joins Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015

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    For several months, the question has not been if but when it would be announced that Carl Edwardswould shift from Roush Fenway Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing.

    On Tuesday, we’ve finally had that question answered.

    Edwards has been officially confirmed as driver of Gibbs’ new fourth entry, the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry. He’ll join Gibbs holdovers Denny Hamlinand Kyle Busch, and reunite with former Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth.

    The No. 19 falls perfectly in-between Busch’s No. 18 and Kenseth’s No. 20. In recent years, Gibbs’ part-time fourth car carried the No. 81 in the selected races it was entered.

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  • A's halt 5-game skid with 6-2 win over Mets

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    The A’s have a formula for victory, and it finally resurfaced Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

    They got a strong starting effort on the mound. They got the kind of big hit that’s been eluding them during a four-run fourth inning. They handed a lead over to their trusted bullpen and then added on a couple runs for good measure in the eighth.

    The result was a 6-2 victory over the New York Mets that snapped their season-high five-game losing streak. It kept them a half-game behind the first –place Angels, but just as importantly, it lightened the burden that every player in the home whites must have been feeling after a dreadful road trip.

    That it came against the scuffling Mets, who entered the night eight games under .500, didn’t mean a thing. The A’s are a team that needs an infusion of good vibes, and the opener of this two-game interleague series was a step in the right direction.

    It’s no secret that leadoff man Coco Crisp needs to discover his batting stroke to help spark Oakland’s offense. So it’s important that it was Crisp who delivered the night’s biggest hit, a three-run triple off Dillon Gee in the fourth that snapped a 1-1 tie.

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  • Chip Kelly: LeSean McCoy's practices are 'not so great'

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    Kidding or stone-cold serious? You be the judge.

    Chip Kelly seemingly took a subtle dig at his star running back Tuesday, calling LeSean McCoy’s practice work ethic merely “OK.” The answer came in a back-and-forth between Kelly and a reporter that started with a question about McCoy’s recent toe injury.

    McCoy, the NFL’s reigning rushing champion, missed his first practice of Eagles camp Sunday. He returned to practice Monday and afterward said a painful condition similar to turf toe flared up last week in the joint practices against New England. McCoy said he had an MRI and X-ray on the toe and even discussed the potential to “shut it down” if the pain became unbearable.

    “Any time I’m not capable of going out there and practicing and missing a day of work, it’s not something to be happy about,” McCoy said then. “Unless it’s a day off and the team has a day off. Missing a day of work can be frustrating.”

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  • J.J. Watt: 'I want to be a Houston Texan,' but wants to get paid

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    The list of players from the 2011 draft that have outperformed Texans defensive end J.J. Watt over the last three years is somewhere between minuscule and non-existent depending on your point of view.

    Watt has had to sit and watch as players like Patrick PetersonAndy Dalton and Richard Sherman have signed long-term deals with their teams, however. Watt says it’s great to see them sign these deals “because it shows that their teams appreciate what work they put in” and said that he wouldn’t mind seeing the same appreciation from the Texans.

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