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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is back on the practice field following his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Bryant was cleared to return after last Thursday's 23-20 loss to Baltimore. The second-year receiver spent three weeks getting counseling in Houston at a facility operated by former NBA player and coach John Lucas.

Bryant says he learned from his mistakes and has a better understanding on how to avoid them in the future.

The Steelers (2-2) have a week to get ready for a trip to San Diego. Bryant's presence should help an offense that had trouble getting downfield against the Ravens. Bryant averaged 21 yards a catch during his rookie season, scoring eight touchdowns in 10 games.

CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers took the court at Quicken Loans Arena on Monday night for the first time since losing Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June.

The Cavs held their annual Wine and Gold scrimmage, and James, as he often does, got the crowd of 14,480 going with a trademark dunk. He scored six points in 12 minutes.

James called it "a great turnout," and said it was "unbelievable" that so many fans turned out on a Monday night.

   BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Browns coach Mike Pettine insists his team is making improvements and he's not planning any major changes to a disappointing defense.
   San Diego rolled up 438 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Browns, who committed 12 penalties, including an offside on the final timed play, giving the Chargers a second chance to make a game-winning field goal.
   Cleveland gave up 468 yards last week and missed a slew of tackles against Oakland.
   Pettine had a positive meeting with his players and believes the Browns are making positive strides. He said the team is "not going to hit the panic button" after four games.
   Pettine says he doesn't feel the need to get more involved with Cleveland's defense and expressed faith in coordinator Jim O'Neil.

   PITTSBURGH (AP) - The greatest season by a Pittsburgh Pirates reliever began with doubt.
   Mark Melancon struggled early on, blowing a save against the Chicago Cubs on April 21 while running his ERA to 8.53. Melancon responded by converting his next 35 save opportunities on his way to 51, the most in the majors and the most ever by a Pirate.
   Melancon did it with a cerebral approach that preys on hitters' weaknesses. Manager Clint Hurdle says Melancon has the best execution of any pitcher in baseball, starter or reliever.
   The Pirates hope Melancon gets another chance to take the hill on Wednesday when they host the Cubs in the NL wild-card game.

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