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World Cup stadium stairs wobble under fan weight, video shows
RIO DE JANEIRO – Video of a key staircase most people use to get to and from Rio de Janeiro’s famed Maracana stadium shows the structure built atop scaffolding wobbling under the weight of fans who attended the World Cup game between Argentina and Bosnia on Sunday.
The footage shot by a Brazilian journalist shows fans packing the staircase with wooden steps as it swayed back and forth and grabbing hand rails to support themselves as they headed via their only exit to a subway station after the game.
Some fans said yesterday that they were scared the staircase might fall when they used it Sunday.
A spokeswoman for Rio de Janeiro’s state government asked the Associated Press to submit questions about the staircase in an email and said she would respond soon.
Manziel agrees to contract
CLEVELAND – The Browns agreed to terms with quarterback Johnny Manziel on his rookie contract. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
The Browns moved up in May’s NFL draft to select the popular and polarizing Manziel in the first round with the No. 22 overall pick. The former Heisman Trophy winner will enter training camp next month as Cleveland’s No. 2 quarterback behind veteran Brian Hoyer, who is coming off knee surgery.
Browns Coach Mike Pettine recently stressed that Manziel has some catching up to do, but made it clear that Hoyer’s lead was not “insurmountable.”
Davis, Boone skip first day of 49ers’ mandatory minicamp
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The start of the San Francisco 49ers’ three-day mandatory minicamp is being overshadowed more by the players who are absent than the ones in attendance.
Two-time Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis and right guard Alex Boone skipped the first day of San Francisco’s minicamp yesterday. Both starters are seeking raises despite two years left on their contracts.
Coach Jim Harbaugh also said cornerback Eric Wright is not with the team because he’s contemplating retirement. Harbaugh said he’s “disappointed” that Davis and Boone are not in attendance, saying it’s “not the decision that I envisioned being the 49er way.”
Veteran receiver Johnson a no-show at Texans’ minicamp
HOUSTON – Houston receiver Andre Johnson skipped the first day of the Texans’ mandatory minicamp.
Johnson hasn’t participated in any of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts and said last month that he wouldn’t attend these workouts, either. Yesterday, he missed the first of three days of practices that are the last workouts before the team begins training camp in late July.
Johnson has said he has not asked for a trade but last month wondered if Houston was “still the place for me.”
Troubled Jets RB Goodson a no-show at minicamp
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets running back Mike Goodson was a no-show yesterday for the first day of mandatory minicamp, and his absence subjects him to possible fines by the team.
Goodson is recovering from a serious knee injury that cut his season short last year and required surgery. He’s also dealing with legal issues. He faces weapons charges after being indicted in November. He was found in a car along with an acquaintance with a handgun and a hollow-point bullet in May 2013.
Coach Rex Ryan said he has not spoken to Goodson, signed as a free agent last offseason, and isn’t aware of the reason for his absence.
Browns quickly cut ties with WR Bennett; no reason given by team
CLEVELAND – The Browns released wide receiver Earl Bennett about a month after signing him to a free agent contract.
The team announced the move yesterday on Twitter. No explanation was given for the release.
Cleveland signed Bennett on May 15 to help ease the blow from the potential loss of wide receiver Josh Gordon, who could be facing a potential lengthy suspension for failing a drug test.
Redskins DE Hatcher has knee injury, will have MRI
ASHBURN, Va. – Washington Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher has a knee injury that will keep him out of minicamp.
Coach Jay Gruden said yesterday that Hatcher has “a little bit of pain, a little bit of swelling,” and will have an X-ray and an MRI.
Gruden said he didn’t know when Hatcher was hurt. The coach said the focus is to make sure Hatcher is ready for training camp, which begins next month.
Hatcher joined the Redskins this year as a free agent from the Dallas Cowboys.
Azarenka stresses positives after first comeback match, a loss
EASTBOURNE, England – Victoria Azarenka was reasonably satisfied after losing her first match in more than three months, a three-setter in the first round of the Aegon Championships yesterday.
Azarenka, the former No. 1 recovering from a left foot injury, lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Camila Giorgi of Italy after 2 hours, 46 minutes.
“That’s exactly what I wanted,” Azarenka said. “I wanted to have a competitive match. I wanted to test myself, to play for a long time, see how my body is going to react.”
In other matches, former champion Ekaterina Makarova defeated Italian qualifier Francesca Schiavone, 7-5, 6-3, and seventh-seeded Italian Sara Errani was beaten, 7-6 (5), 6-2, by American qualifier Lauren Davis.