DALLAS (AP) An attorney for former Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel calls the indictment against him ''incredible'' and said that the way it's been handled so far suggests there are problems with the case.
Manziel was indicted on allegations by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley that he hit her and threatened to kill her in late January. Crowley said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear, and the indictment accuses him ''forcing (her) into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard.''
Manziel faces a charge of misdemeanor assault related to family violence, which carries up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
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Manziel's attorneys said that their client will plead not guilty.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin will miss the rest of the playoffs after aggravating his left quadriceps tendon and Chris Paul has undergone hand surgery, leaving the Los Angeles Clippers without their top two players for the rest of their first-round series against Portland.
The team says Griffin had an MRI that revealed no further structural damage to the quad that sidelined him for 45 games earlier in the season. He's expected to be ready for training camp in September.
Paul had surgery to repair a right hand fracture sustained in the third quarter of Monday night's 98-84 loss in Game 4 that allowed Portland to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2.
Griffin averaged 15.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the first four playoff games. Paul averaged 23.8 points, 7.3 assists and 4.0 rebounds.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Michael Jordan reiterated that the Charlotte Hornets are opposed to House Bill 2, which was recently passed in North Carolina and could prevent the NBA All-Star Game from coming to Charlotte.
Jordan said in a statement to the Charlotte Observer that the Hornets ''are opposed to discrimination in any form, and we have always sought to provide an inclusive environment.''
Some consider the law discriminatory toward the LGBT community.
''As has been the case since the building opened, we will continue to ensure that all fans, players and employees feel welcome while at work or attending NBA games and events at Time Warner Cable Arena,'' Jordan said in the statement.
Commissioner Adam Silver said the NBA believes a change in the law is necessary to bring All-Star weekend to Charlotte next February.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Steve Kerr is the NBA's coach of the year after leading to the Golden State Warriors to the best regular season record in league history.
Kerr got 64 first-place votes from the panel of 130 media members who regularly cover the league. Portland's Terry Stotts was second in relatively close voting. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich was third.
Kerr missed the Warriors' first 43 games this season while recovering from back surgeries, with the team being operated in his absence by assistant coach Luke Walton. Voters took notice of Walton's work as well; he finished tied for eighth in the balloting.
Golden State finished 73-9 this season, breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' record of 72-10 for the best record in league history. Kerr played for that Chicago team.
DETROIT (AP) - Tigers outfielder Tyler Collins will not be suspended by Major League Baseball for directing an obscene gesture at booing home fans in Detroit after losing a ball in the lights.
An MLB spokesman confirmed that Collins won't face a suspension.
Collins extended the middle finger on his left hand and waved it from right to left, and also appeared to yell an obscenity at the fans. He apologized afterward, saying he ''lashed out completely inappropriately'' and was ''embarrassed'' about what happened.
Collins said he could not see the flyball hit by Oakland's Marcus Semien, and an error charged to left fielder Justin Upton allowed Semien to reach third, bringing on the boos.
CHICAGO (AP) - Jake Arrieta says it is ''flattering'' that ''some of the best players in the game'' are spreading rumors that Arrieta is using performance-enhancing drugs.
The National League Cy Young Award winner and Chicago Cubs ace didn't name names but says his teammates have heard rumors from other players that the right-hander has used PEDs to fuel his emergence with the Cubs. As manager Joe Maddon says ''we've all become suspicious'' in baseball.
Arrieta went from hyped prospect to disappointing big leaguer while with the Orioles but has transformed into one of the game's best pitchers since a trade to Chicago in 2013. He has two no-hitters in his last 11 regular season starts, including last week against Cincinnati.
Arrieta says he's thrown up to 98 mph for years and has ''always been in good shape,'' adding that he ''just (stunk) early in my career.''
Arrieta is a strong supporter of the drug-testing policy adopted in conjunction with the players' union. He says he's in good shape because of genetics and because ''I eat plants and I eat lean proteins.''
MIAMI (AP) - Cuban baseball players paid a South Florida-based smuggling ring more than $15 million to leave the communist island in secretive ventures that included phony documents, false identities and surreptitious boat voyages to Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, federal prosecutors say.
A recently unsealed grand jury indictment against three men provides fresh details about the smuggling of 17 Cuban players, among them Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox and Leonys Martin of the Seattle Mariners. The smugglers usually took a percentage of any Major League Baseball contract a player signed.
The indictment names Bartolo Hernandez, a Weston, Florida-based sports agent whose clients included Abreu; Hernandez associate Julio Estrada, who runs Total Baseball Representation and Training in Miami; and Haitian citizen Amin Latouff of Port-au-Prince, who is not in U.S. custody and remains in Haiti. They are charged with conspiracy and illegally bringing immigrants to the U.S.