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Browns GM suspended 4 games for texts

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CLEVELAND (AP) Browns general manager Ray Farmer has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games next season for sending text messages to the sideline during games.

Farmer, who has acknowledged sending the messages, will not be paid during his suspension, the league said in a statement on Monday. His ban begins on midnight of the Sunday preceding the Browns' first regular-season game and will end immediately after the Browns' fourth regular-season game. The league said during his suspension that Farmer cannot be involved in any club matters. He is also prohibited from being at the Browns' offices, practice facility or games.

The Browns were also fined $250,000, but the league did not strip the team of any 2015 draft picks. Cleveland has two first-round selections (No. 12 and 19) and six of the first 115 picks.


Fiancee: Hernandez told me to remove box

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified in his murder trial Monday that she removed a box from their basement at his request the day after the slaying.

Shayanna Jenkins testified for a second day after being called to the stand by prosecutors. Jenkins, 25, is Hernandez's high school sweetheart and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter. She was compelled to testify under a grant of immunity.


Saints' Dixon resists officer, arrested

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints said they are aware cornerback Brian Dixon was arrested in Miami on Sunday morning and booked with resisting an officer. reports ( ) that he posted bond and was released from jail Sunday morning after being booked for resisting arrested without violence in Miami Beach.


Brady posts video of jumping off cliff

(AP) -- Tom Brady really went deep.

The New England quarterback posted a video on his Facebook page Saturday that showed him jumping feet-first more than 30 feet off a rocky cliff into water.


Seahawks' Wilson works out with Rangers

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson spent Saturday at spring training with the Texas Rangers, hitting a home run in batting practice and drawing on his recent Super Bowl experience to deliver a message to the team.

A former minor league infielder for Colorado, Wilson was later acquired by the Rangers and practiced with them last year.


Sam: Many gay players, some contacted me

DALLAS (AP) Michael Sam says there are "a lot" of gay players in the NFL and some have reached out to him.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sam gave a speech Thursday at the Dallas Holocaust Museum and took questions from the audience.


Hernandez fiancee discusses money, gun

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez and his fiancee traded expressionless glances Friday as she took the witness stand to testify in his murder trial.

Shayanna Jenkins was called by prosecutors after being granted immunity, which means she was ordered to testify by the court or face time behind bars.


Panthers claim OT Martin, sign WR Boykin

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers spent Friday looking to upgrade their depth on offense.

Carolina claimed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin off waivers from San Francisco and signed free wide receiver Jarrett Boykin from Green Bay.


Arrest in Hernandez case bomb threat

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) Police have arrested a man who they say called in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of the Massachusetts courthouse where Aaron Hernandez's murder trial is being held.

Fall River police arrested 55-year-old Paul Haddad of Westwood on Thursday night. Haddad is being held without bail after being arraigned Friday. It's not known if he has a lawyer who could comment on the accusations.


Pagano plans to keep job for many years

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts coach Chuck Pagano says in a statement Friday night that he expects to keep his current job for "many years to come."

Pagano is entering the final year of his original four-year deal with Indianapolis. Earlier this week, Pagano told local reporters at the league's annual meetings that the run defense must improve or someone else will fix it.

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