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ESPN: Manziel Fined $12K


Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 by the NFL for making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins sideline during a preseason game Monday night, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The incident occurred after Manziel threw an incompletion in the third quarter of the Browns 24-23 loss to the Redskins.                                                                                                                                                 
According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Manziel's agent Erik Burkhardt says the rookie hasn't decided whether to appeal the fine.                                                                                                                                                  

The 21-year-old Manziel, who was recently beat out by teammate Brian Hoyer for the starting quarterback job, was selected with the 22nd overall pick in this year's draft.

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Oklahoma Transfer Green-Beckham Cannot Play in 2014


JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham must sit out the 2014 season because his waiver request to play for Oklahoma after transferring from Missouri was denied by the NCAA.

"The University accepts that decision and will continue to provide the appropriate assistance to Dorial, just as it does with other students, in helping him grow personally from the many opportunities available to him at OU," the school said in a statement.

The 6-foot-6, 225 pound Green-Beckham had a stellar sophomore season in 2013 with Missouri, catching 59 balls for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns. But after several off-the-field incidents, Missouri dismissed Green-Beckham in April. Green-Beckham then transferred to Oklahoma in July.

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Harvick Wins Pole at Bristol


Jamie Squire/Getty Images(BRISTOL, Tenn.) -- Kevin Harvick drove a lap at a track-record 131.362 mph Friday to win the starting pole position for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motors Speedway.

"Track position is definitely as important as it is anywhere here with the current groove and where you are running," Harvick said. "I felt good about our car during practice, and (we) just have to stay in there all night and do the best we can."

It's Harvick's 11th career pole and fifth of the season.
                                                                                   
Jeff Gordon, who is the series points leader, finishes second, followed by Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch.                                                                                                                   
Harvick has won twice this season and is currently sixth in the points standings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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Top Recruit Purifoy Chooses Auburn


Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --Bruce Pearl is already making his presence felt at Auburn. The school's newly hired men's basketball coach received a commitment from small forward Danjel Purifoy, the 50th ranked player in the ESPN 100, on Friday.

The 6-foot-7 Purifoy was also being recruited by Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Georgia.

Pearl's three-year NCAA penalty ends at midnight Friday. That means Pearl will be allowed to communicate with recruits for the first time since he accepted the Auburn job in March.                                                                                                                 
Auburn is hoping Pearl can continue to help the school rebuild a basketball program that last season finished 6-12 in the SCC and 14-16 overall.
       
Next up for Pearl and Auburn, a visit from another ESPN 100 player, forward Horace Spencer.                                                                                                                                                                                          
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Scoreboard Roundup - 8/22/14


Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Chicago Cubs 4 (56-72) - Baltimore Orioles 1 (73-53)

Tampa Bay Rays 8 (63-65) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (65-63)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (57-71) - St. Louis Cardinals 4 (69-58)

San Francisco Giants 10 (68-59) - Washington Nationals 3 (73-54)

Houston Astros 5 (55-75) - Cleveland Indians 1 (64-62)

New York Yankees 4 (65-61) - Chicago White Sox 3 (59-69)

Seattle Mariners 5 (69-58) - Boston Red Sox 3 (56-72)

Kansas City 6 (71-56) - Texas Rangers 3 (49-78)

Atlanta Braves 3 (68-61) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (61-68) 12 Innings

Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (66-62) - Milwaukee Brewers 3 (71-57)

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 (54-75) - San Diego Padres 1 (59-68)

Minnesota Twins 20 (57-70) - Detroit Tigers 6 (68-58)

Los Angeles Dodgers 6 (73-57) - New York Mets 2 (60-69)

Oakland Athletics 5 (75-52) - Los Angeles Angels 3 (76-51)

Miami Marlins 13 (64-63) - Colorado Rockies 5 (50-77)

NFL Preseason: New England Patriots 30 (2-1) - Carolina Panthers 7 (1-2)

Detroit Lions 13 (2-1) - Jacksonville Jaguars 12 (1-2)

New York Giants 35 (4-0) - New York Jets 24 (2-1)

Green Bay Packers 31 (2-1) - Oakland Raiders 21 (1-2)

Seattle Seahawks 34 (2-1) - Chicago Bears 6 (2-1)

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Ryan Blaney wins the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway

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Saints' Graham Fined $30K for Dunks


Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was fined $30,000 on Friday by the NFL for dunking on the goalpost twice during a preseason game against Tennessee last week. 

The new rule, instituted this season, re-defines unsportsmanlike conduct to include any act using the ball as a prop. Many have referred to the new interpretation as the "Jimmy Graham rule" directed at the veteran tight end's signature touchdown celebration.

Graham twice dunked the football after scoring touchdowns against the Titans, resulting in a pair of 15-yard penalties. The acts also drew some frustration from head coach Sean Payton as the Saints committed a total of 28 called penalties. 

League rules state that players can be fined at least $11,025 for a their first unsportsmanlike penalty, and $22,050 for a second offense if the league deems necessary. Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was fined $12,000 for making an obscene gesture towards the Washington Redskins bench on Monday night.

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Red Sox Land Cuban OF Castillo


Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Boston Red Sox have reportedly agreed to terms with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year deal worth approximately $72 million. 

The heavily back loaded deal, as confirmed by a team source on Friday, is a record dollar amount for a free-agent amateur. Castillo is en route to Boston and has a physical scheduled for Saturday, according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez.

An impressive defensive player with good speed, Castillo has spent the last five years playing in Serie Nacional, Cuba's top league. The 27-year old is highly regarded as a base stealer and boasts an above-average bat. Even with all of the hype, Red Sox manager John Farrell knows how scouting reports can be.

"Above-average speed. Can play center field or right field. What kind of power? What kind of average?," pondered Farrell. "Obviously our scouts liked him enough, if the reports are true, that's a significant investment. It's an exciting, athletic player by all accounts."

Once officially with the club, Castillo is expected to play centerfield for Boston, next to countrymen Yoenis Cespedes. 

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ESPN: Timberwolves Set to Acquire Thaddeus Young from the 76ers


NBA Logo(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Minnesota Timberwolves are set to lose one of the game's best players in Kevin Love, they will be getting in return plenty of talent to replace him.

In addition to landing Andrew Wiggins and others from the Cleveland Cavaliers, ESPN reports the team will also acquire Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young.

It is unknown if this will be part of a three-team deal between the teams, or a separate trade at this time. ESPN also reports that the Timberwolves would send over the expiring contracts of Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and Alexey Shved along with a 2015 first-round pick that previously belonged to the Miami Heat.

Even though he's played seven NBA seasons, all with the 76ers, Young is still just 26 years old. He's flown under the radar in recent years due to Philadelphia's rebuilding efforts, but he should prove to be a highly productive player for Minnesota. Young can provide energy, defense, and scoring either in a starting role or off the bench. This past season, he averaged a career-high 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.

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Angels Acquire Second Baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox


Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Gordon Beckham-era is over in Chicago as the White Sox have traded the second baseman to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later.

"This trade, quite frankly, was more about creating an opportunity for some of our young players to come up here, get some playing time and become part of this next core of White Sox players that we have put together over the last several months and are going to continue to work on over the next several months," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.

Beckham was the eighth overall pick by the White Sox back in 2008 and much was expected of him once he made his MLB debut back in 2009. Even though he'd been the team's primary second baseman since being called up, he never quite lived up the lofty expectations placed on him.

In 739 games with the White Sox, Beckham hit just .244 with 61 home runs and a .306 on base percentage.

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Cowboys Linebacker DeVonte Holloman Advised to Retire


Darrin Kilmek/Thinkstock(IRVING, Texas) -- Due to neck injuries, doctors have advised Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeVonte Holloman to retire from football.

Holloman missed seven games last season with a bruised spinal cord.

Just 23 years old, Holloman received a second opinion from a doctor who recommended he immediately retire. He will reportedly seek out a third opinion.

"I don't want to get into anything medical about it," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. "I don't know that much about it, and there's a lot of very specific things regarding that. But it has to do with his neck and he had that injury last year and he dealt with it again this year."

It's a very challenging, difficult thing for a young man who has dreams of being an NFL football player, achieves those dreams," he added.

In what could be his final NFL game, Holloman recorded 11 tackles and two sacks in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Holloman was selected in the sixth-round of the 2013 Draft. He made 26 tackles in nine games during his potentially lone season in the NFL.

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