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Browns Name Brian Hoyer Starter over Manziel

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Browns announced that Brian Hoyer will be the starting quarterback entering the 2014 season on Wednesday.

Hoyer and Johnny Manziel were in a quarterback competition all camp and preseason, but Hoyer's veteran experience is what put him over the top.

"He was the clear leader from the beginning," Browns head coach Mike Pettine said in a statement. "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."

The announcement comes after the No. 22 pick in this year's draft gave the middle finger to fans during their Monday night game against Washington.

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

"I think it's especially good, as an offensive unit, to go out and play and gain cohesion and chemistry. That was one of the reasons I wanted to go ahead and make the decision before this third preseason game so that [Hoyer and the rest of the starting offense[ could play as a unit for a good chunk of it," Pettine continued.

Hoyer has only four starts in his career and completed 2-of-6 passes for 16 yards on Monday night.

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Tiger Woods Says He Needs a Month or Two to Get Back into Shape

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(JERSEY CITY, N.J.) -- Tiger Woods won't be playing in the Ryder Cup in September and said that he needs some time before he gets back into the swing of things.

Woods suffered severe back pain throughout the 2014 PGA season and withdrew from the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone classic before failing to make the cut at the PGA Championship.

"It's probably going to be a month or two," Woods said at an event Monday night in New Jersey. "I just need to get strong. It's one of the things that when I took that fall at Firestone No. 2, I hadn't done any agility work, so that's part of the deal."

The 14-time major champion said last week that doctors advised not to play or practice, which led to him withdrawing from consideration for the Ryder Cup team.

Woods is aiming for a Dec. 4 return for his tournament, the World Challenge in Orlando, Florida.

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Novak Djokovic No. 1 Seed at US Open

LEON NEAL/AFB/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With defending Open champion Rafael Nadal out, Novak Djokovic will be the No. 1 seed in Flushing, Queens next week.

Nadal withdrew from the Open on Monday due to a wrist injury and Djokovic was named the top-ranked seed on Tuesday. The 27-year-old is seeking his eighth Grand Slam title for his career.

Five-time U.S. Open champion Roger Federer was named the No. 2 seed and is looking for his 18th Grand Slam.

Djokovic beat Federer in five sets for the Wimbledon title last month and the two can only meet in the finals.

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49ers Sign DT Dorsey to 2-Year Extension

National Football League(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) -- Offensive Tackle Glenn Dorsey signed a two-year contract extension with the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday that keeps him with the team through the 2016 season.

Dorsey joined the 49ers in 2013 after playing his first five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 6-foot-2, 316-pound Dorsey played in all 16 games last season recording two sacks and 30 tackles. He also appeared in all three of the team's playoff games.

"Glenn is a true pro who has quickly become a valued contributor to our organization both on and off the field," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "He is a quick study and a very good football player that has earned this extension, and we look forward to his future contributions."

The 29-year-old Dorsey was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Chiefs.

During his six-year NFL career, Dorsey has started 78 of the 82 games he appeared in, compiling 189 tackles, six sacks, and one forced fumble.

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NBA Referee Dick Bavetta is Calling It a Career

Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- NBA referee Dick Bavetta officially retired on Tuesday.

Bavetta began his NBA officiating career on Dec. 2, 1975 and hasn't missed an assigned game since. He finishes his career having refereed in a record 2,635 consecutive regular season games.

The 74-year-old Bavetta also worked three NBA All-Star games, the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona and 27 NBA Finals games.

"On behalf of myself and the entire Bavetta family, I would like to thank the NBA family and the National Basketball Referee Association for allowing me the honor and the privilege of representing them for 39 wonderful years," Bavetta said.

"I am most proud of never having missed an assigned game, be it exhibition, regular season, or playoffs, throughout my entire career. It really has been a great run."

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Steelers Ink Gilbert to New 6-Year Deal

Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(PITTSBURGH) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers inked right tackle Marcus Gilbert to a new six-year contract Tuesday.

The 26-year-old Gilbert was in the final year of his contract, and ESPN's Scott Brown reports the deal is worth up to $30.8 million and includes a $7.65 million signing bonus.

“It means I am locked in hopefully as a Steeler for the rest of my career,” Gilbert said on the team website. “It’s a blessing to work for a great organization, the Rooney family, Kevin Colbert and Coach (Mike) Tomlin. Just to be around in Pittsburgh, where they show you so much love, I couldn’t be happier and in a better place.”

Gilbert was selected with the 63rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Steelers. During his three seasons in Pittsburgh, Gilbert has started 34 games, including all 16 last season.

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Cardinals Place Ellis on DL

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Second baseman Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday with a left oblique strain.

The move is retroactive to Aug. 15.

The 37-year-old Ellis has backed up Kolten Wong for most of the second half of the season. Ellis has played in 65 games this season and is hitting .192 with no home runs, 15 runs scored, 12 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .267 on-base percentage.

Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny said the team is "pretty optimistic" that Ellis will only need the minimum stay on the DL.

Infielder Greg Garcia was promoted from Triple-A Memphis to take Ellis' place.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 8/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Washington Nationals 8 (71-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (53-73)

Atlanta Braves 11 (66-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-62)

Houston Astros 7 (53-73) – New York Yankees 4 (63-60)

Seattle Mariners 5 (68-57) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (55-71)

Los Angeles Angels 4 (74-50) – Boston Red Sox 3 (56-69)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (72-52) – Chicago White Sox 1 (59-67)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (71-55) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (64-62)

Kansas City Royals 7 (70-55) - Colorado Rockies 4 (49-76)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (68-57) - Cincinnati Reds 4 (61-65)

Cleveland Indians 7 (63-61) - Minnesota Twins 5 (55-69)

Miami Marlins 4 (63-62) - Texas Rangers 3 (48-77) - 10 Innings

Detroit Tigers 8 (67-56) - Tampa Bay Rays 6 (61-64) - 11 Innings

Oakland Athletics 6 (74-51) - New York Mets 2 (59-68)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (71-56) - San Diego Padres 6 (58-66)

Chicago Cubs 2 (55-70) - San Francisco Giants 0 (65-59) - 5 Innings due to rain

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Report: Ohio State's Braxton Miller Out for the Season

Football Texture/iStockphoto(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire upcoming college football season after injuring his right shoulder during practice on Monday, according to ESPN.

Miller suffered a shoulder injury during last year’s Orange Bowl game, which required surgery during the off-season.

Under center for the Buckeyes last season, Miller passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is the reigning two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman, is expected to be named starter for Ohio State’s season opener against Navy in Baltimore on Aug. 30.

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NY Islanders Getting New Owners

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) -- A group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin have reached an agreement with Charles Wang to take over ownership of the New York Islanders in two years.

The deal is pending approval by the NHL board of governors.

The deal calls for Ledecky and Malkin to purchase a “substantial minority interest” in the club, with them taking over majority ownership in a couple of years.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Ledecky said in a statement.

The Islanders will play their final season at their longtime home, the Nassau Coliseum, before moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

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