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CLEVELAND (AP) - Veteran forward Richard Jefferson has re-signed with the NBA champion Cavaliers for two seasons after saying he would retire.
Jefferson announced his return earlier this month on his Snapchat account, and the team made it official Thursday. The 36-year-old played a vital role in the team's title run. He made two starts in the postseason and provided leadership on and off the court as the Cavs ended the city's 52-year championship drought.
General manager David Griffin said Griffin's versatility and leadership "were core parts of our identity and success."
Shortly after the Cavs stunned the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, Jefferson said he was ending his career on a high note. However, after fans chanted "One more year" during the team's victory rally, Jefferson had a change of heart and will be back for a 16th NBA season.
Jefferson averaging 5.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 18.1 minutes during the postseason.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said he will name his starting quarterback for this season before the team's first exhibition game next month.
The Browns will open the preseason on August 12th at Green Bay and Jackson said he will "definitely" have his starter in place by then.
Robert Griffin the Third is expected to win the starting job over veteran Josh McCown and rookie Cody Kessler. The Browns signed RG3 to a two-year, $15 million contract in March. McCown started eight games last season before breaking his collarbone.
Jackson said his decision on the quarterback will "show itself very quickly" in training camp. Griffin showed some rust during mini-camps in the spring, but Jackson felt the 26-year-old was "`getting there" during those workouts. Jackson did not say how he planned to divide snaps between his quarterbacks in camp.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland Browns player Armonty Bryant has pleaded guilty to attempted drug possession.
Bryant was sentenced to 68 days of probation in a Cuyahoga County court and fined $1,000. A three-month jail sentence was suspended.
He and former teammate De'Ante Saunders were arrested Christmas morning after being stopped for speeding in suburban Cleveland. Police found marijuana, two prescription pills and a loaded handgun in Saunders' car.
Defense attorney Kevin Spellacy says Bryant had a prescription for one medication, later got a prescription for the other and has otherwise been drug-free.
Bryant was suspended for two games last season and was suspended without pay for this season's first four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances.
The team cut Saunders after his arrest. His case is pending.