Acting quickly after Jacksonville signed Alex Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet, Cleveland matched the deal for the Pro Bowl center.

Mack, 28, will receive $26 million guaranteed in the deal, which he can void after two seasons. Also, the Browns are not allowed to tag or trade him.

Cleveland had placed a $10 million transition tag on Mack. If they hadn't matched the offer, the Browns would have received no compensation.

The Browns drafted Mack at No. 21 overall in 2009 out of Cal.

  • Wide receiver Brandon Carswell got waived, ending a 49ers tenure that saw him tear his right knee's anterior cruciate ligament in his first practice last June. Carswell is a Milpitas High and USC product. The 49ers also reportedly have shown interest in reacquiring wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who didn't play last season.

  • Two associates of ex-New England tight end Aaron Hernandez were indicted on murder charges. A grand jury in Bristol County (Mass.) returned indictments against Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. Both had been charged with accessory to murder after the fact. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder.

    Colleges

    Penn State offensive lineman John Urschel won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete. He was a third-team All-American and won the William V. Campbell Trophy as college football's top scholar-athlete.

  • The NCAA said Alabama transfer Luke Del Rio can play this season for Oregon State. Del Rio, the son of Jack Del Rio, was a freshman walk-on quarterback last season.


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  • Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel applied to become president at Youngstown State less than a month after he applied for the same position at Akron.

  • Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from the team, coach Gary Pinkel said. The move came a day after police in Columbia, Mo., said no charges would be filed in a suspected burglary involving the player because of reluctant witnesses fearing retaliation.

  • A family member says former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is being treated for pneumonia and a possible heart attack at a Las Vegas hospital. Son-in-law Zafi Diamant said the 83-year-old Tarkanian's condition was "definitely stable."

  • Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes and New Mexico's Alex Kirk will bypass their senior seasons to enter the NBA draft.

  • Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau won the Hobey Baker Award as the top Division I hockey player, and signed with the Calgary Flames.

    Boxing

    Timothy Bradley (31-0) returns to the MGM Grand ring in Las Vegas on Saturday night for a rematch against Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2). Bradley won a disputed split decision over Pacquiao two years ago. "It's my second chance to be a part of greatness," said Bradley, who weighed in at 145½ pounds. Pacquiao was hydrating even before weighing 145.

    Motor sports

    Kevin Harvick won the pole for Saturday's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (S.C.) with a fast lap of 183.479 mph at the 1.366-mile track. Joey Logano was second at 183.049. Also, Chase Elliott passed Elliott Sadler on the final lap to win his second straight Nationwide Series race. Elliott is a high school senior and son of NASCAR great Bill Elliott.

  • Gene Haas was granted a license from Formula One's governing body to start a U.S.-based entry in the series. Haas co-owns a Sprint Cup team with Tony Stewart.

    Staff writer Cam Inman contributed to this report.