Cleveland coach Mike Pettine chose veteran Brian Hoyer to start at quarterback ahead of rookie Johnny Manziel in the Browns' second exhibition game Monday at Washington.

Hoyer also started the 13-12 loss at Detroit last week.

"I think it's a little overblown as to who the starter is going to be," Pettine said Thursday.

Working with Cleveland's starters in Detroit, Hoyer went 6 of 14 for 92 yards. Manziel played with the backups and completed 7 of 11 for 63 yards. He also ran for 27 yards on six carries.

Manziel's pro debut helped NFL Network set a ratings record for an exhibition game.

  • Chad Henne passed for 130 yards and a touchdown and first-round draft pick Blake Bortles threw for 160 yards in relief before Jordan Palmer rallied Chicago to a 20-19 victory over Jacksonville. Palmer, a backup quarterback, led the Bears to two fourth-quarter touchdowns.

  • Arizona signed veteran linebacker Desmond Bishop to a one-year deal. The former Cal star is coming off a torn ACL and torn hamstring in consecutive seasons. But Bishop said he's 100 percent "feeling good."

  • Washington appealed a ruling that stripped the team of trademark protection, the latest legal maneuver in the franchise's attempt to defend its nickname against those who consider it a racial slur.


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    A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office board voted in June to cancel six uses of "Redskins" trademarked from 1967-1990.

  • A Buffalo Bills fan group uncovered documents that suggest a Toronto-based prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has plans to relocate the franchise north of the border.

    College football

    Texas hired former Longhorns and NFL quarterback Vince Young for community relations and fundraising, a $100,000-a-year job created specifically for him that wasn't posted to attract other applicants.

    Basketball

    Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins injured his knee during a Team USA practice in Chicago. Results of an MRI showed no structural damage, and Cousins was listed as day-to-day. He was injured in the Americans' first workout since Paul George broke his leg during a scrimmage Aug. 1 in Las Vegas. The U.S. plays Brazil in an exhibition game Saturday in Chicago. The Americans must cut down from 16 to 12 players for the upcoming World Cup, and the Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are still on the roster.

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the Western & Southern Open, and Roger Federer avoided an upset in the round of 16 in Mason, Ohio. Tommy Robredo beat Djokovic 7-6 (6), 7-5, and Federer escaped with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gael Monfils. In women's play, Serena Williams breezed 6-2, 6-2 over Flavia Pennetta.

    Youth baseball

    Las Vegas opened its Little League World Series by routing Rapid City, South Dakota, 12-2 in five innings in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Las Vegas beat Pacifica American in the West Region final. Also, Pierce Jones had three homers in Chicago's 12-2 five-inning rout of Lynnwood, Washington.

    Swimming

    Olympian Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was released from a Denver-area hospital but will continue her rehabilitation after a vehicle crash June 6 in Arizona left the 41-year-old paralyzed just below the waist. "I feel so much more empowered," she said.