Le­BRON’S MAR­KET­ING GROUP CUTS MANZIEL

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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.

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