league suspends free agent manziel
DALLAS — Johnny Manziel was suspended for the first four games of next season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and the free agent quarterback could face further discipline over his domestic violence case if he signs with another team.
The suspension announced Thursday is not related to the league's domestic violence policy, but Manziel would be subject to standards that were toughened two years ago if he signs with another team. Manziel, 23, released by Cleveland in March, faces a misdemeanor assault charge in Dallas involving former girlfriend Colleen Crowley.
A spokeswoman for Manziel declined to comment on the NFL's suspension.
As Manziel's domestic case has played out, he has been photographed partying from Hollywood to Las Vegas to New York in recent months. His own family has expressed concern about his well-being after he was cut by the Browns.
pierre-paul warning: Nearly one year ago, a July 4 fireworks accident left Jason Pierre-Paul with a severely mangled right hand. The Giants defensive end and former USF standout appeared in a "Fireworks Hurt" public service announcement which debuted Thursday morning, telling his story and offering safety tips. "I lit off a firework, thought I could throw it away real quick," Pierre-Paul said in the PSA, produced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. "In a split second, it blew off my whole hand. Now I'm just truly blessed to be alive.'' His advice: Keep fireworks away from children, and leave fireworks to the professionals.
BOYKIN PLEA: Seahawks undrafted free agent quarterback Trevone Boykin pleaded no contest to resisting arrest over an incident that led to his suspension for his final college game with TCU at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Boykin received a one-year probation that could result in dismissal of the misdemeanor charge. A felony charge of assaulting a police officer was dismissed.
COWBOYS: Linebacker Rolando McClain was suspended 10 games for his second violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy in as many years, leaving the defense with three banned starters. McClain, who was suspended the first four games last year, is sidelined along with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who was suspended four games on a substance-abuse violation. The other suspended starter is pass rusher Randy Gregory, who will be out four games on a substance-abuse ban. All three can participate in training camp and in preseason games. … Former special teams player C.J. Spillman was convicted of sexual assault. He could be sentenced to two to 20 years in prison today.
soccer: Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning penalty as Portugal beat Poland 5-3 in a shootout in Marseille, France to reach the semifinals of the European Championship. Portugal will face Wales or Belgium in Lyon on Wednesday. … Claude Puel ended a 17-year coaching stint in the French league by taking over as manager of Southampton, ushering in a new era for the English Premier League club after the departure of Ronald Koeman.
boxing: Gennady Golovkin is finalizing a deal to defend his three middleweight title belts against Chris Eubank Jr., his promoter Tom Loeffler said.
wnba: Nneka Ogwumike had a career-high 38 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to help host Los Angeles beat Atlanta 84-75.