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• NCAA INVESTIGATING MANZIEL OVER AUTOGRAPHS: BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN says the NCAA is investigating whether Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs in January.

Citing unidentified sources, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” said the Heisman Trophy winner signed items in exchange for a five-figure fee during his trip to Miami for the BCS championship game.

ESPN said sources told “Outside the Lines” that Manziel signed photographs, footballs, mini football helmets and other items at the request of autograph broker Drew Tieman.

Reached at his home Sunday night in Pembroke Pines, Fla., Tieman declined to make any comment or take any questions from The Associated Press.


• AMERICANS DOMINATE AT US OPEN SWIM MEET:  IRVINE,  (AP) — Zane Grothe won the 800-meter freestyle for his second title of the U.S. Open swimming meet, and Justine Mueller set a meet record in winning the 200 individual medley on the final night.

Grothe won the 800 free in 7 minutes, 56.16 seconds to add to his 1,500 free title from Wednesday. Eric Hedlin of Canada was second in 7:59.68 and Kevin Litherland was third at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.

Mueller won the 200 IM in a meet-record of 2:11.06. Celina Li was second in 2:12.72 and Kathleen Baker was third.

Ivy Martin won the women’s 50 free in 25.11 seconds, ahead of Madeline Schaefer in 25.57. Madison Kennedy was third.


• DODGERS SS RAMIREZ EXITS WITH JAMMED SHOULDER: CHICAGO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez jammed his right shoulder when he tumbled into the stands after a catch Sunday, and the team hopes he can avoid the disabled list.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he expects Ramirez will have an MRI on Monday.

“I just jumped and landed on it,” said Ramirez, wearing a sling after a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. “I’m not feeling the back of my shoulder. It’s really sore and we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Ramirez is batting .365 with 11 home runs for the NL West leaders. He was hurt in the seventh inning and left the game.

Ramirez fell over a brick barrier and into the stands at Wrigley Field after making a running catch in foul territory. He slumped to the ground in pain and eventually walked off the field holding onto his shoulder.