Browns ready to pick QB Kizer as starter

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) DeShone Kizer has strong-armed his way into a starting job.

The rookie quarterback will start Cleveland's exhibition at Tampa Bay on Saturday, and unless he flops or gets hurt, Kizer will start the Browns' Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Coach Hue Jackson elected to go with Kizer, a second-round pick from Notre Dame, over veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler. Kizer has been the most consistent of the three during training camp and led the Browns to three touchdowns during his two exhibition appearances.

NAACP eyes Goodell meeting on Kaepernick

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He's the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refused to stand for the national anthem - kneeling as a protest against police brutality. He once took his team to the Super Bowl, but he's a free agent now, and no club has signed him. (MORE)

Big Ben: I'd love 'a text' from Bell

PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Roethlisberger has a request for Le'Veon Bell: hit me up.

The Pittsburgh quarterback expects to make his only preseason appearance on Saturday night when the Steelers host Indianapolis, but his bigger concern is when Bell is ready to show up to work. (MORE)

Rooney spurns offer, ends England career

England record-scorer Wayne Rooney called time on his often tempestuous international career on Wednesday, retiring from duty after spurning an offer to return to the squad.

"I believe now is the time to bow out," the former England captain said in a statement. "I will always remain a passionate England fan." (MORE)

Bears give starting LT Leno extension

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears have signed offensive lineman Charles Leno Jr. to a contract extension.

The Bears announced the extension Wednesday. (MORE)

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