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Browns LB banned for four games

CLEVELAND — The NFL suspended Browns linebacker Armonty Bryant for the first four games of the 2016 season for violating policy on performance enhancing substances. Bryant, 25, won't be paid during his ban, but can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. He recently pleaded not guilty to felony drug possession charges.

Also, team president Alec Scheiner is leaving his job March 31 and will be a club consultant through 2016.

Suggs arrest: Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was arrested after his BMW apparently hit a curb in a parking lot in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale.

Bills: They released cornerback Leodis McKelvin and signed left tackle Cordy Glenn to a $13.7 million franchise tender.

Tennis

ITF: Surface error in USA-Australia match

The International Tennis Federation said this weekend's first-round Davis Cup match between Australia and the United States should have been on hardcourts, not grass. It said the confusion came from a three-way "oversight" by the ITF, the United States Tennis Association and Tennis Australia. In 1999, when a tie between the nations was moved from Australia to Boston and played on hardcourt instead of clay, which the Americans would have preferred. As part of that agreement, their next meeting was supposed to be in Australia and on a hard surface. This weekend's meeting at Kooyong was 1-1 going into today's doubles. Bernard Tomic defeated American Jack Sock 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 after John Isner gave the U.S. team the lead with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2 win over Sam Groth. In other matches, France took a 2-0 lead over Canada in Guadeloupe, host Germany was tied with the Czech Republic 1-1, and host Italy took a 2-0 lead over at Switzerland team missing Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.

MMA

Holm, McGregor ready for UFC card tonight

Undefeated Holly Holm, who shocked Ronda Rousey in November in her last fight, takes on veteran Miesha Tate for the women's bantamweight belt and Conor McGregor faces brawler Nate Diaz in a non-title welterweight bout — 25 pounds heavier than the usual limit for featherweight champ McGregor — in tonight's UFC 196 in Las Vegas.

Et cetera

Iditarod: The world's top dog sled race starts today in downtown Anchorage despite a lack of snow — the Alaska Railroad had to bring in seven train car loads of snow down from Fairbanks for today's 3-mile stage.

Swimming: Ryan Murphy beat a packed field that included gold medalists Michael Phelps and Matt Grevers to win the men's 100-meter backstroke in 53.47 seconds at the Arena Pro Swim Series meet in Orlando.

Cycling: The U.S. team won the women's team pursuit for its first gold medal at the world championships in London.

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