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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Johnny Manziel works to overcome ‘mental errors’ at Browns training camp

08.01.14 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Basketball: U.S. national team intrasquad game, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was not his usual cocky self during his first media session since training camp opened last Saturday, acknowledging it will take time for him to adjust to the pro game.

Manziel, who has worked exclusively with the team’s second-stringers while Brian Hoyer has taken snaps with the starters, is making progress but still making his share of mistakes as he learns a new playbook.

“I’m a rookie,” he said Thursday. “I don’t have all that stuff figured out.”

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Manziel will get a chance to practice with the first team “sooner than later” and that the QB battle remains wide open. Manziel said he’s not concerned with his standing at this point.

“I’m not worried about one or the other being ahead,” the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner said. “I’m worried about me making sure I know what I need to know to get out here and execute and run the offense and not have any mistakes. Once I go through a couple of days with no mental errors or getting where I need to be every single time, then I’ll feel a lot better.

“Right now, it’s me versus the playbook and there’s nothing else.”

MASHUP POLL: Who will start the majority of games at QB for the Browns this season?

  • Brian Hoyer (81%, 144 Votes)
  • Johnny Manziel (16%, 28 Votes)
  • Someone else (3%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 178

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— Oft-injured guard Derrick Rose is looking forward to a “new beginning” with the Bulls, who are expected to challenge for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s aware of a rift between him and the organization, and he wants to fix it.

“I know it’s been there,” he said. “I heard there were some upset people. I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.”

When the team made a push for free agent Carmelo Anthony last month, Rose was notably uninvolved, skipping out on a chance to help recruit the forward, who eventually re-signed with the Knicks.

“They were irate he wasn’t there,” a team source told the Sun-Times.

However, Rose was more willing to get in touch with Pau Gasol, who left the Lakers to sign with Chicago.

“[Gasol is] someone that I knew I could play with,” Rose said. “You think about Pau, him now being in the East, what he’ll be able to achieve with the way we play, the way we dump the ball in the post a lot. It could be great.”

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf denied there are any issues between the team and its star player.

“I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player,” Reinsdorf said in the statement. “To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive.”

Donald Trump reportedly is one of three finalists to buy the Bills, and he is said to be willing to sell his stake in his casinos if he wins his bid.

The other two finalists are believed to be Sabres owner Terry Pegula and a Toronto-based group that includes rock star Jon Bon Jovi. The bids reportedly are for more than $1 billion.

Trump said earlier in the week that he doubts he’ll land the team, because he “likes to buy for the right price.”

“I would say the chances are very, very unlikely, because I’m not going to do something totally stupid,” he said. “Maybe just a little bit stupid, but not totally stupid.”

The team, valued by Forbes magazine at $870 million, was put up for sale following the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson in June.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 1, 2004, which newly acquired Red Sox player (part of the Nomar Garciaparra trade) debuted with a home run off Twins ace Johan Santana in his first at-bat?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It speaks to where we are as a team. There’s nothing sort of celebratory about this. These moves are made because, collectively as an organization, we haven’t performed well enough, in this year anyway.” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, after making four trades Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 – Consecutive wins for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a complete game in Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Braves to improve to 13-2

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Reds right fielder Chris Heisey makes a diving catch against the Marlins shortly after replacing a lost contact lens.

Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is pulled during the middle of the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the White Sox as he was sent to the Mariners as part of the three-team trade that sent David Price to Detroit.

Jeremy Lin‘s friends try to cheer him up after last season’s playoff loss with the Rockets.

Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker hits a field goal from over 50 yards to end practice and save his teammates from having to do sprints, much to their delight.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Orlando Cabrera

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz was born on this day in 1964.

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