Harrison Bader led off the game with the first of Florida's four home runs, Alex Faedo and two relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the Gators knocked Miami out of the College World Series with a 10-2 win Wednesday night.

It was the second time in five days the Gators (51-17) dominated Miami, and now they'll play Virginia on Friday, needing to beat the Cavaliers twice to reach next week's best-of-three finals.

The Hurricanes (50-17) went 1-2 in their first CWS appearance since 2008.


Manziel couldn't handle hype

Johnny Football became more than Johnny Manziel could handle. "It just overtook who I was as a person," the Browns quarterback said.

Speaking to the media for the first time since spending 10 weeks in a rehab facility, the polarizing Manziel said he's hoping to move past a regrettable chapter in his life. While he didn't divulge the reasons for his stay in a Pennsylvania substance-abuse facility, Manziel acknowledged he got caught up trying to live up to a persona he helped create.

"I think at times Johnny Football probably took over me a little bit and I bought into that," Manziel said following the team's second mandatory minicamp practice. "I didn't do my best to hush things down, push down the hype. At times I welcomed it with immaturity and just accepted that a little bit — and that's my fault."

Manziel opened his remarks by thanking reporters for respecting his privacy and acknowledged Browns coach Mike Pettine, owner Jimmy Haslam and others who "helped me out through a difficult time."

The 22-year-old didn't duck any questions and he reiterated that he was the one responsible for "a disaster" of a rookie season in the NFL.

"At the end of the day, everything that happened last year is not on anybody else but myself," said Manziel. "I guess I wasn't prepared to handle the type of spotlight that I got, and all the hype that came with it."

Starr participating in stroke clinical trial

The family of Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr said he is participating in a clinical trial using stem cells as a possible treatment for strokes.


Ex-Gopher Schmidt signs deal

Defenseman Nate Schmidt signed a $1.6 million, two-year contract to stay with the Capitals. The former Gophers captain, who was a restricted free agent, will make $750,000 during the 2015-16 season and $875,000 in 2016-17.

The 23-year-old Schmidt registered four points (one goal, three assists) in a career-high 39 games with the Capitals last season.

In 68 career NHL games, Schmidt has registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) and 16 penalty minutes.


NBA: Danny Granger exercised his one-year, $2.17 million option with the Phoenix Suns. The 32-year-old forward came to the Suns in the trade that sent Goran Dragic to Miami but he never played a game for Phoenix because of a knee injury.

Granger, a 10-year NBA veteran, played in 30 games last season with the Heat, averaging 6.3 points per game.

Granger's best seasons were with the Indiana Pacers, where he averaged 25.8 in 2008-09, but injuries have dogged him in recent years. ... Guard Gerald Henderson exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season to remain with the Hornets. ... The Bulls hired Jim Boylen as coach Fred Hoiberg's top assistant.

Tennis: Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka suffered another blow to her chances of reviving her faltering career when she was forced to withdraw from the Aegon Classic with a left foot injury. ... French Open champion Stan Wawrinka's eight-match winning streak ended at Queen's Club when Kevin Anderson edged him 7-6 (4), 7-6 (11).