Manziel out of rehab facility
Johnny Manziel has taken the first steps in his comeback. The Cleveland Browns quarterback was released from a rehab facility Saturday after more than 10 weeks, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M entered the undisclosed clinic, which specializes in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, on Jan. 28 for treatment of an unspecified problem.
Manziel is expected to participate in Cleveland’s off-season workouts beginning April 20, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of privacy issues.
American Pharoah lived up to pre-race expectations by pulling away in the stretch to win the $1-million Arkansas Derby by eight lengths. The colt, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert , went off as the heavy 1-9 favorite in the eight-horse field at Oaklawn Park. Ridden by Victor Espinoza , American Pharoah ran 1 1 ⁄8 miles in 1:48.2 in the Kentucky Derby prep race. “I’ve had a lot of nice horses,” said Baffert, who also trains unbeaten Dortmund. “I think he’s the most exceptional 3-year-old.”
Divining Rod took charge entering the stretch to win the $250,000 Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland and earn a few more points toward the Kentucky Derby with his second victory in five starts. . . . Masochistic won the $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes for older horses by three-quarters of a length at Santa Anita in his first start for trainer Ron Ellis . Ridden by Tyler Baze , Kona Gold ran 6 1 ⁄2 furlongs in 1:14.69 and paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.20 as the 4-5 favorite. In the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes, Home Journey won by a length as the 3-1 second choice in a field of eight older fillies and mares. . . . Many Clouds won the Grand National at Liverpool, England, in the second-quickest time ever, giving jockey Leighton Aspell back-to-back victories in the world’s most grueling horse race
Sam Querrey and Jack Sock set up the first all-American final in a dozen years in the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship at Houston. The eighthseeded Querrey dominated on his serve in the raininterrupted third set to upset defending champion Fernando Verdasco of Spain, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Sock knocked off third-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 7-6 (3), 6-3, to advance to his first ATP World Tour final. The last time two U.S. players squared off in the final, Andre Agassi beat Andy Roddick in 2003. The Querrey-Sock match will be the first showdown between two Americans anywhere in an ATP tour final since Mardy Fish defeated John Isner in Atlanta in July 2011.
“I really enjoy playing on the clay,” Sock said. “It gave me a little more time against such a big server like Kevin and I thought I served well. I was holding pretty comfortably throughout the match until the last game, which seems to happen sometimes. I was able to scrap out a few points to get the break (for a 4-2 second-set lead) and that was enough today.”
Seventh-seeded Madison Keys reached the Family Circle Cup final with a dominating 6-1, 6-4 victory over Lucie Hradecka at Charleston, S.C., extended an unlikely run of success on clay for the 20-year-old American as she prepares for the French Open. She will face fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber , who ended the run of Family Circle success by good friend and fellow German Andrea Petkovic with a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain reached his first ATP tour final with a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4 win over third-seeded Jiri Vesely , setting up a Grand Prix Hassan II final against Martin Klizan at Casablanca, Morocco. Klizan, who will be bidding for his third title after winning in St. Petersburg in 2012 and Munich last season, rallied past Damir Dzumhur , 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 after saving five of seven break points. . . . Camila Giorgi upset home favorite Agnieszka Radwanska , 6-4, 6-2, in the semifinals of the Katowice Open in Poland. She will face Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia, who defeated Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck , 6-4, 6-1.
Boston University goalie Matt O’Connor gave up a tying own goal in the third period, then Brandon Tanev scored with 6:17 left and Providence beat the Terriers, 4-3, at Boston for its first NCAA hockey title. It was the third straight year that the NCAA has crowned a first-time champion in hockey. Providence goalie Jon Gillies helped protect the lead with a diving save against Nick Roberto in the final minutes and was selected most outstanding player of the Frozen Four.
Unified junior-welterweight champion Danny Garcia beat light-welterweight Lamont Peterson by majority decision at New York in a non-title fight. Garcia improved to 30-0.
Oklahoma senior Michael Squires won his third straight national title in the still rings at the NCAA gymnastics championship in Norman, Okla.
Buffalo moved swiftly to replace Bobby Hurley by promoting assistant Nate Oats to take over as head coach of its men’s basketball team.