LeBRON’S MARKETING GROUP CUTS MANZIEL
cleveland » LeBron James and his business partners will no longer work with Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.
A spokesman for James said the sides mutually agreed to end their relationship, which began shortly after Manziel was drafted into the NFL.
Cleveland. com first reported that James’ LRMR marketing was cutting ties with Manziel, who missed Cleveland’s season finale Sunday after he was spotted partying in Las Vegas over the weekend. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said the 23- year- old Manziel missed a medical treatment Sunday as part of concussion protocol he’s following. Manziel was back at the team’s facility Monday for exit meetings.
Earlier on Wednesday, James expressed concern for Manziel “individually.” James said he wasn’t sure of all the details on Manziel’s latest escapades, but called it “a distraction.”
James added: “He’ll figure it out at some point. We all hope.”
Royals sign Gordon to 4- year deal B
kansas city, mo. » All- star outfielder Alex Gordon signed a $ 72 million, four- year deal to remain with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, the team that drafted him more than a decade ago.
Gordon will make $ 12 million this season, $ 16 million next and $ 20 million each of the following two years. The deal includes a $ 23 million mutual option for 2020 with a $ 4 million buyout. If he is traded, the option would be voided and the $ 4 million would become an assignment bonus.
The deal is the richest in franchise history, trumping $ 55 million agreements given to longtime first baseman Mike Sweeney and starting pitcher GilMeche.
• Free- agent first baseman Chris Carter signed a one- year, $ 2.5 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
• The Atlanta Braves agreed to a $ 2 million, one- year contract with infielder Kelly Johnson, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Djokovic, Nadal advance in Qatar
B doha, qatar » Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open.
Djokovic captured a 6- 2, 6- 2 secondround win against Fernando Verdasco, marking his 17th straight victory against a Spanish opponent, dating to 2014.
“I’m very pleased with the way I have started this season, two matches, straight sets,” Djokovic said. “You know, Verdasco was a former top- 10 player, somebody that has a lot of weapons in his game.”
Nadal looked confident during his 6- 3, 6- 2 win against Robin Haase, which improved his record against the Dutchman to 7- 0.
“I played at a very high level against a player that I think played well for a lot of moments,” Nadal said.
Top- seeded Djokovic and secondseeded Nadal saved two break points each on serve.
Texas State hires Withers as coach
B san marcos, texas » Texas State hired Everett Withers as its football coach after he spent the last two seasons at James Madison.
Withers was 18- 7 at James Madison with an FCS playoff appearance this season. James Madison received a first- round bye and lost to Colgate 44- 38 in the second round.
He replaces Dennis Franchione, who retired last month after going 39- 43 in five seasons leading Texas State through its transition from FCS to FBS.
• John Jancek won’t be back as Tennessee’s defensive coordinator.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones announced that he and Jancek “have mutually agreed to part ways.”
• Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze has received a one- year contract extension and raise that will push his salary to $ 5 million per year by 2018.
• Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah announced he has declared early for the NFL draft.