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AP source: Johnny Manziel released from rehab

The Browns quarterback was released from a rehab facility Saturday after more than 10 weeks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Joey Votto's 2 homers lead unbeaten Reds over Cardinals 5-4

Votto hit a pair of two-run homers — the strongest indication yet that he's fully back in form — and Todd Frazier had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly on Friday night, keeping the Cincinnati Reds undefeated with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Spieth fires 8-under 64 to take Masters lead

With six birdies in a seven-hole stretch, Spieth flirted with a major championship record he didn't know existed and atoned for his lone mistake with one last birdie putt for an 8-under 64. It was the best opening round at Augusta National in 19 years, gave him a three-shot lead and stole plenty of buzz from the Grand Slam bid of Rory McIlroy and the return of Tiger Woods.

Pacers' Copeland speaks days after stabbing

Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland apologized Thursday for making a "bad choice" by staying out too late before a game and promised to work hard to make a full recovery after he was stabbed outside a New York nightclub.

Els starts off Masters strong

The four-time major winner made a nice recovery from the trees to save par at No. 1, then slowly picked up momentum en route to a 67 Thursday that left him in a four-way tie for second behind leader Jordan Spieth. Both Els' score and placement marked first-round bests for the South African, competing in his 21st Masters.

Jed Lowrie's HR in 9th is Astros' only hit vs. Indians

Lowrie broke up a combined no-hit bid by the Cleveland Indians with a one-out home run in the ninth inning in a 5-1 loss Thursday.

Cubs shut out Cardinals 2-0

Jake Arrieta allowed three hits over seven innings, and Starlin Castro had a go-ahead RBI single in a two-run seventh for Chicago.

NFL hires first full-time female referee

Sarah Thomas, who has worked exhibition games, will be a line judge for the 2015 season, the league announced Wednesday. Thomas, 41, was in the league's officiating development program in 2013 and '14 and worked some team minicamps last year.

Second day of Hernandez trial concludes

A jury ended deliberations for a second day Wednesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in the shooting death of another man.

Pacers player stabbed in club altercation

The violence broke out just before 4 a.m. Wednesday outside 1Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot where celebrities such as Justin Beiber and Snoop Dogg mingle with Manhattan partygoers. Police said the couple was arguing on the street as the attacker eavesdropped and started to interfere. The dispute escalated until the 22-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and started slashing, police said.

Hernandez murder case closing arguments take place

Lawyer James Sultan spent several minutes of his closing argument asking jurors to forget what they have heard about Aaron Hernandez in the media and outside the courtroom. Hernandez also faces murder charges in Boston, where he is accused of gunning two men down in 2012 after he believed they disrespected him at a nightclub. Evidence about that killing was not allowed into the Odin Lloyd trial.

Winnipeg shuts out St. Louis

Paul Stastny had an apparent tying goal in the second period waved off and got a slashing call instead for slapping the stick out of defenseman Tyler Myers' hands just before putting a backhander past Ondrej Pavelec.

Tiger Woods paves way for excellence among young guard

Tiger Woods was that larger-than-life figure in a red shirt who was always winning. At least it seemed that way to a growing television audience that included a bunch of kids from all over the world.

Rory McIlroy was one of them. So was Jordan Spieth.

Jason Day was watching in Australia. Hideki Matsuyama was mesmerized in Japan.

If they didn't want to grow up to be like Tiger, they wanted to beat him. If nothing else, they were inspired by him.

Duke pulls away from Wisconsin to win school's fifth national title

A group of freshmen starred for the Blue Devils, who won their school's fifth national championship.

A scare for Yordano Ventura, but not for Royals in 10-1 win over White Sox

Royals manager Ned Yost said he does not expect Yordano Ventura to miss a start after the the pitcher said he felt his right thumb "lock up" during Monday's victory over teh White Sox.

Alex Rodriguez makes his return from year-long ban

At one point during the Yankees' home opener against Toronto on Monday, fans in the bleachers held up large letters and numbers that spelled out "#-F-O-R-G-1-V-3."

Security beefs up at all MLB parks

Opening Day introduced MLB fans to new security guidelines being implemented at parks everywhere.

Source: Alabama offers men's basketball coaching job to Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson, the former NBA player and coach, could take his first college coaching job.

Wainwright, Cardinals beat Cubs 3-0 on opening night

The reigning National League Central champs began the season with a win over the most buzzworthy team.

MLB Openers: A-Rod cheered, rain delay booed, Big Papi stays put

New Washington ace Max Scherzer took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before falling behind. Seattle star Felix Hernandez, Detroit lefty David Price and Boston righty Clay Buchholz dominated.

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