Browns' Johnny Manziel enters treatment program for unspecified reasons

Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel enters a treatment program for unspecified reasons.

Johnny Manziel has sought help to change his off-field lifestyle.

Following a rough rookie season in the NFL, Manziel has entered a treatment program for unspecified reasons, an adviser for the Cleveland Browns quarterback said in a statement released by the team on Monday.

"Johnny knows there are areas he needs to improve on to help him be a better family member, friend and teammate, so he decided to take this step in his life during the off-season," Manziel adviser Brad Beckworth said.

Beckworth said the former Heisman Trophy winner entered the unnamed facility last week. He said Manziel's family is asking for privacy until he rejoins the team.

Beckworth's statement did not indicate reasons for Manziel needing treatment. However, the 22-year-old's penchant for partying followed him from college into the pros and Manziel's nightlife has been well-chronicled by both social and mainstream media.

Browns General Manager Ray Farmer said in a statement that the team fully supports Manziel and respects his initiative in entering treatment. The team will respect Manziel's privacy during treatment, he said.


The Atlanta Falcons announced that Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be the team's next coach.

The Falcons said Quinn, 44, will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday. Quinn replaces Mike Smith, who was fired following a 6-10 finish in 2014.

The Falcons exercised patience while waiting for Quinn, who could not be offered a job until after Seattle's 28-24 Super Bowl loss Sunday night to the New England Patriots.


Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman played the Super Bowl with torn ligaments in his left elbow and will likely need Tommy John surgery in the off-season.

Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said before the team left Arizona that it was his understanding that Sherman would need the surgery after the All-Pro cornerback was injured in the NFC championship game against Green Bay.

Cornerback Jeremy Lane suffered a broken left wrist after intercepting a Tom Brady pass in the first quarter of the Super Bowl.


Former NFL lineman and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp was arrested on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and allegedly assaulting two women, Phoenix police said.

Hours later, the NFL Network announced that it had terminated its contract with Sapp, who had been working as a broadcaster and was in Arizona for Sunday's Super Bowl in suburban Glendale.

Sapp, 42, was taken into custody at a downtown Phoenix hotel and booked into jail, police said. He made his initial appearance late Monday afternoon before a Phoenix Municipal Court judge and was released pending a Feb. 23 court date.


The Patriots' victory parade in Boston was postponed a day until Wednesday because of heavy snowfall.


Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody was indicted on animal cruelty charges, some of which stem from the death of his dog and possession of an alligator, according to prosecutors and online court records.

His agent called the charges ludicrous and said Cody is an animal lover.

Cody, 26, was indicted on two counts of aggravated animal cruelty; 10 counts of animal cruelty; and one count each of possession of an alligator, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

The Ravens announced on Twitter that the team terminated Cody's contract.


The San Diego Chargers said 11-year veteran center Nick Hardwick would announce his retirement Tuesday.



Alpine skier Bode Miller says his surgically repaired back is healthy again and he's ready to race at the world championships this week in Beaver Creek, Colo.

The six-time Olympic medalist hopes to compete in the super-G, downhill and possibly even the super-combined. First, though, U.S. men's Coach Sasha Rearick has to pick him for one of the team's spots in each of the events.

Asked if Miller would be in the starting gate for the super-G on Wednesday, Rearick responded," Yes." Same answer when asked about the downhill race Saturday.

It will be Miller's first competitive races of the season.

The 37-year-old Miller underwent surgery in November to fix a herniated disk. He recently took some training runs in Switzerland and Austria.


Former Detroit Tigers first baseman Dave Bergman died at age 61. No cause of death was available, but the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press report that Bergman had bile-duct cancer.

Bergman played nine of his 17 seasons with the Tigers and had a .258 career batting average


Hall of Famer Frank Robinson is leaving his job as executive vice president for baseball development in the commissioner's office to become a senior adviser to Commissioner Rob Manfred. Robinson also was appointed honorary president of the American League in place of former Angels owner Jackie Autry.


San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt agreed to a $3.6-million, one-year contract with the team that avoided salary arbitration.


First baseman Lucas Duda and the New York Mets agreed to a $4.2-million, one-year contract and avoided arbitration.


Infielder Wilson Betemit was suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a banned amphetamine under baseball's minor league drug program. Betemit is a free agent after playing for Tampa Bay's Triple-A team last year.


IndyCar will not schedule another race to replace the canceled season-opener that was expected to take place in Brazil in early March. Brazilian officials canceled the event last week, saying it would be too costly for the local government.

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