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Browns, Robert Griffin III getting fresh start together

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Following his unceremonious exit from Washington, Robert Griffin III left behind a note in his locker that encouraged forgiveness and a positive attitude.

In Cleveland, he's seeking redemption.

Benched and booted by the Redskins, Griffin has a fresh start with the Browns, who are hoping a player who flashed great promise and potential just a few years ago can find it again.

Unable to change his past, RG3's eyes are fixated ahead.

"I'm moving forward," he said.

Griffin's comeback will be the main story line during training camp for the Browns, who underwent yet another monumental overhaul during the offseason and have placed one of the NFL's worst teams in the hands of coach Hue Jackson.

With a history for mentoring and refining young quarterbacks, Jackson appears to be the perfect person to resurrect Griffin, a former rookie of the year slowed by injuries who didn't take a single snap during the 2015 regular season.

The Browns, with a laughable track record for developing quarterbacks, signed Griffin to a two-year, $15 million contract in March. Although Jackson hasn't formally selected Griffin as his starter, the 26-year-old is expected to line up behind center when Cleveland opens the season on Sept. 11 at Philadelphia.


Cincinnati one of the teams considered for Big 12 expansion

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott is demanding that the University of Houston be included in any expansion of the Big 12 Conference.

In a message posted on social media, Abbott said: "Big 12 expansion is a non-starter unless it includes University of Houston." Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Abbott's fellow Texas Republican and a former Houston radio talk show host, also messaged: "I join with GregAbbott_TX - any BIG 12 expansion must include UHouston or NO DEAL!"

Documents obtained by The Associated Press through open records requests show Houston is competing with such schools as Connecticut, Cincinnati, UCF, Memphis and Colorado State. The 10-school conference hasn't committed itself to expansion, but Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has been asked to begin evaluating candidate schools.


Lawyer: Green case could be resolved before Olympics

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An attorney for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says a misdemeanor assault-and-battery charge from a confrontation near the Michigan State campus could be resolved before the U.S. basketball team competes in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

James Heos tells the Lansing State Journal that Green appeared during a closed-door pretrial conference Thursday in East Lansing District Court via FaceTime. The U.S. team starts play in Rio on August 6th.

Heos said a plea agreement is a possibility and that he's "still accumulating witness' statements" and "trying to get to the bottom of this."

Green is a former Michigan State standout. He's accused of striking ex-Spartan football player Jermaine Edmondson on July 10th near campus.

Edmondson received a release to transfer from the school.


Quad Cities (Iowa) defeats Dayton Dragons 12-4

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) -- Pat Porter homered and singled, scoring two runs as the Quad Cities River Bandits topped the Dayton Dragons 12-4 on Thursday.

Hector Roa tripled and doubled with a run and an RBI for Quad Cities.

Trailing 1-0 in the second, Quad Cities went out in front when Anthony Hermelyn hit a three-run home run.

After Quad Cities added two runs, the Dragons cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Nick Senzel hit a three-run home run.

The River Bandits punctuated the blowout with three runs in the sixth and four in the eighth.

Quad Cities starter Matt Bower (4-0) picked up the win despite allowing four runs over six innings. Opposing starter Ty Boyles (2-6) took the loss in the Midwest League game after a rough outing in which he allowed four runs and six hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Senzel homered and singled, driving home three runs for the Dragons.