The Cleveland Browns have signed free-agent quarterback
who hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011. The team also signed quarterback
Young, 30, last played for the Eagles and is 31-19 as an NFL starter. He spent parts of the last two preseasons with Buffalo and Green Bay. Brian Hoyer is expected to begin next season as Cleveland's starter. Thigpen started 11 games for Kansas City in 2008.
Quarterback Eli Manning will miss all of the New York Giants' spring activities as he recovers from left ankle surgery.
The Atlanta Falcons signed tight end Bear Pascoe, who played for the Giants last season.
The Dallas Cowboys signed LaRon Byrd, a 6-foot-4 receiver who played college football at Miami and four games with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to assault charges stemming from an incident with his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator. Janay Palmer was Rice's girlfriend at the time of the incident. Prosecutors have offered Rice a plea bargain that would spare him jail time if he participates in anger management counseling.
COLLEGES Devin McNamara scored twice as Villanova beat Marquette, 9-6, in the Big East men's lacrosse semifinals at Villanova Stadium. The Wildcats (6-9) will host top-seeded Denver in the final Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Denver (13-2) defeated Rutgers, 14-7, behind five goals and two assists from Wesley Berg. Rutgers fell to 8-8.
Conrad Kaminski had four service aces and six kills as Stanford beat Brigham Young, 3-2, in the NCAA volleyball semifinals in Chicago. Top-seeded Loyola of Chicago faced No. 5 seed Penn State in the second semifinal.
Two former athletic directors, Temple's Bill Bradshaw and Villanova's Gene DeFilippo, will be inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame on June 10.
AUTO RACING Pippa Mann, 30, of England will race in the May 25 Indianapolis 500 in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization.
BOXING Floyd Mayweather Jr. is guaranteed $32 million for his welterweight unification fight against Marcos Maidana, who is guaranteed $1.5 million. They'll fight Saturday in Las Vegas.