Manziel out of re­hab fa­cil­ity

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS -

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.

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