5 things you need to know Monday

1. Johnny Manziel in spotlight during Monday Night Football

Johnny Manziel understands his limitations as a rookie quarterback. Monday night's exhibition in Washington could decide whether he or Brian Hoyer start the regular season opener at Pittsburgh on Sept. 7. Manziel said he's still got a lot to learn. "I don't think I'm ready for Pittsburgh right now," he said. Manziel and Hoyer will split time with Cleveland's first-team offense against the Redskins in a game that is being hyped as a nationally televised matchup between Johnny Football and RGIII, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III.

2. National Guard deployed to Ferguson

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon early Monday ordered the National Guard into Ferguson hours after police said escalating violence led to shootings, arrests and "pre-planned" acts of aggression by protesters.

3. Israel-Hamas cease-fire set to expire

With a temporary truce between Israel and Hamas set to expire late Monday, a range of outcomes remain possible, including a return to the fighting that has brought great devastation to Gaza, an unofficial understanding that falls short of a formal negotiated deal, or yet another extension in negotiations. Hamas officials said they are holding out in hopes of getting more concessions in the Egyptian-mediated talks.

4. Reports: Sprint expected to offer cheaper plans this week

Sprint, the third-largest wireless company in the U.S., is expected to announce "very disruptive" cheaper pricing plans this week, according to several reports. During a companywide town hall telephone call Thursday, Sprint's new CEO, Marcelo Claure, outlined his three priorities: reduce prices, improve the network and decrease operational costs.

5. Julian Assange speaks about embassy captivity

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange held a news conference in London, during which he said he may "soon" leave the Ecuadorian Embassy where he has been holed up for two years.

Contributing: Associated Press


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