Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– BEREA, Ohio – Browns coach Mike Pettine has picked Brian Hoyer as starter over hotshot rookie Johnny Manziel.
– COLUMBUS, Ohio – A day after fifth-ranked Ohio State confirmed that three-year starting quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the fast-approaching season with a shoulder injury, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer addresses how his team will handle the loss and the opportunity presented replacement J.T. Barrett.
– TUSCALOOSA, Ala.Amari Cooper isn’t ready to declare his Alabama career a success just yet. Sure, the second-ranked Crimson Tide star is one of the nation’s top wide receivers and a likely high NFL draft pick at some point but he’s also coming off a frustrating season.
– ENGLEWOOD, Colo.A day after getting chewed out by Peyton Manning for sloppy play, the Denver Broncos offense has a full-padded practice with the Houston Texans and Jadeveon Clowney.
– PHILADELPHIA -Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers take their new, no-huddle offense on the road against Chip Kelly’s Eagles, who almost always operate without a huddle. It’ll be the final preseason test for many starters who likely will sit out the fourth preseason game.
– Forget about the NFC Worst. Last year proved the NFC West is the deepest division in the NFL. Whether it was San Francisco and Seattle, the leagues best rivalry, meeting in the NFC championship game, or the Seahawks posting the most lopsided Super Bowl victory in two decades by routing Denver, the profile of the NFC West is drastically different from a few years ago.
– REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. -Jeff Gordon rolls into to town to promote the NASCAR race in Dover and celebrate his career rebirth that has him with three wins and a spot in the Chase.
– BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch is back to defend his title in the Camping World Truck Series in the UNOH 200 on Wednesday night at the Bristol Motor Speedway.