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Our four stories from the States today include contrasting performances in the opening pre-season games, the USA exhibition game and a big potential trade in Major League Baseball.
We start off in the NFL, where Johnny Manziel made a successful return to the football field.
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The Browns may have lost to the Redskins, but Manziel proved a bright spot for Cleveland, rushing for a 12-yard touchdown and completing 7 of his 11 passes, with no interceptions.
“I thought I was pretty good,” Manziel said, according to Cleveland.com. “Nothing special, nothing terrible. Right there in middle. We’ll go back and look at the film. It’s never as bad, never as good. For the first game, learn and move on.”
In other pre-season news, the Redskins lost Niles Paul for the entire season. The tight end suffered a broken ankle and potential ligament damage, just days after being named the starter.
Paul was blocking on a run play. Browns linebacker Craig Robertson tried to make a tackle. Robertson rolled into Paul's leg on accident. Paul suffered a pretty gruesome injury. He cried on the field, and not because of the pain.
“He said, ‘It was supposed to be my year.’ That’s when he lost it,” said fullback Darrel Young, one of Paul's close friends, via the Washington Post.
Drummond Shows Off
To the NBA now, where the USA Basketball exhibition game took place last night.
Andre Drummond was the star of the show, going off for 27 points and 16 rebounds, while Victor Oladipo and Klay Thompson also played well.
And finally to baseball, where the San Francisco Giants have made a trade offer for Chase Utley.
After a slow start, Utley has gone 7-for-17 since returning from injury and the 6-time All-Star has the option to block any trade.