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CLEVELAND (AP) Cleveland’s chief building official says panels used on a city-owned NFL stadium are ”similar if not identical” to those used at a London apartment tower that burned.

However, Thomas Vanover also says he’s confident the Cleveland Browns’ stadium is safe.

A spokesman for Cleveland’s mayor initially said questions about the stadium would have to wait until after the investigation into the London fire, which killed at least 80 people. But Vanover held a news conference Thursday after The Associated Press reported on concerns about several U.S. buildings, including the stadium.

Vanover says the panels were installed on the stadium in a different way than in London’s Grenfell Tower, and that the venue’s overall cladding system was different.

Arconic Inc. quit making the panels available for high-rise buildings after the fire.

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As Hue Jackson seeks to turn around the Cleveland Browns’ fortunes on the field, he is also looking to make a much bigger difference off it.

Jackson is set to launch the Hue Jackson Foundation, which has the goal of helping those impacted by human trafficking, according to the Browns’ official website.

The foundation will focus on awareness, prevention, and healing for victims of trafficking.

Jackson and his wife Michelle have three daughters and say they are starting the foundation for reasons close to their hearts.

Ohio has some of the highest human trafficking rates in the U.S., the Browns’ website notes.

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It’s no secret that Brock Osweiler and the Houston Texans did not have a happy marriage. Now that the divorce is finalized, it appears they may be playing the blame game.
Osweiler raved that his new coaching staff with the Cleveland Browns are helping him improve on fundamentals Wednesday, making a strong argument that it will have a major impact on his performance.

“The best part is I’m getting coached hard on my fundamentals,” Osweiler said Wednesday, according to Nate Ulrich of Ohio.com. “And I believe firmly that when your fundamentals and your feet are right as a quarterback, you’re going to make great decisions and you’re going to throw accurate footballs.”

Osweiler famously was not very accurate in his single season as the Texans’ starting quarterback. While he didn’t necessarily name names or point fingers, Osweiler said that his fundamentals – which he previously credited to coaching – were the reason for his poor performance in Houston.

“I think that’s something that slid last season. I’m not going to go into great detail on that, but they did,” said Osweiler. “My fundamentals slid, and because of that, you saw some poor decisions and some poor throws.

“If you go back to 2015, I feel like my fundamentals were pretty tight.”

If Osweiler wins the starting job, he’ll get a chance to show his old coaches his new fundamentals Week 6 in Houston.

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LeBron James has the full support of a fellow Cleveland sports legend.

Former Browns running back Jim Brown offered his praise of the Cavaliers forward for his eloquent handling of a hate crime that occurred at James’ California home earlier this week.

“To watch him express himself the way he did today only reinforces that he’s a class individual, and he has my utmost respect,” Brown told ESPN’s Pat McManamon.

“LeBron James is a great human being and great American,” he added. “What he has done for his sport and the teamwork he shows is unparalleled. His community work is tremendously effective and impactful.”

James addressed reporters on the eve of The Finals after his estate was spray-painted with racist graffiti earlier in the week.

“No matter how much money you have, how famous you are, how much people admire you, being black in America is tough,” James said.

“End of the day, if this incident (that) happened to my family can keep the conversation going, to keep progressing, not regressing, I’m not against it happening to us again,” he added.

A police investigation is currently underway.

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For a team coming off a one-win season, the Cleveland Browns certainly are feeling good about themselves.

The Browns avoided the stain of a winless season by scoring a victory in Week 16 last year. Then, in the first round of this year’s draft, the club added potential difference-makers in No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett, safety Jabrill Peppers, and tight end David Njoku.

With a youthful roster and a player-friendly head coach in Hue Jackson, the Browns believe they’re on their way.

“The difference between this year and last year in terms of feeling in the building is noticeably different,” owner Jimmy Haslam said Monday at a charity golf tournament, according to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal.

“We were able to obviously bring in some top-flight talent during the offseason, have what we believe to be a very successful draft and I’m highly confident that this will be the year when the Browns begin to turn around and perform at the level they should. I’m highly, highly confident we got the right guy to lead the ship, and that’s head coach Hue Jackson.”

The Browns may be armed with more talent, but they still face a steep climb back to respectability in a division with superior competition.

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It may be early, but the leader of the Cleveland Browns locker room has liked what he’s seen from the guy who will hopefully replace him one day.

After just a few weeks as a member of the Browns, Myles Garrett has made a solid impression on All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas.

“I’m just impressed with his demeanor and his willingness to learn and his humbleness,” Thomas told Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com on Tuesday. “But also you see that fire that’s burning inside him to be great and I think those are the hallmarks of guys that have a chance to be really excellent football players.”

Garrett has admitted that he can’t fix the Browns on his own as the club looks to recover from a 1-15 season in 2016, but Thomas thinks that taking the edge rusher in this year’s draft was the best move for the organization.

“It’s an impactful player at a position of need,” Thomas said. “And I think sometimes people reach for a quarterback at No. 1 and then it takes a long time to develop him and if they don’t have the right system and the right people in place around them, sometimes it’s hard for them to have that success.”

Thomas and Garrett will likely be seeing plenty of each other in training camp as they line up opposite one another in scrimmages and positions drills. Thomas says the rookie has already shown an interest in learning about how to improve, and the left tackle will be more than happy to teach him a thing or two after a decade with the Browns.

“He’s shown an interest in learning and I’m a player that really likes to try to help teach and impart any wisdom that I’ve gotten over the ages on some of those young guys,” Thomas said. “So it will be fun for me, too, to be able to try to help as best as I can and try to get him to think like an offensive tackle and hopefully turn him into the great player I think he can be.”

Joe Banner wasn’t part of the group who drafted Johnny Manziel to the Cleveland Browns, but he almost was and he’s not sure how that happened.

Banner was hired as Browns CEO in 2012, but was dismissed by the team along with general manager Mike Lombardi in February of 2014.

The former league executive says that when he was preparing for the draft, Manziel was not on the Browns’ draft board, yet somehow, the quarterback ended up being one of their first-round round picks.

“In the case of Manziel, we wouldn’t have picked him. When I left, he wasn’t on our draft board. We had concerns off and on field,” Banner told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Saturday. “After I left, I’m still mystified what took place in those 60 days that Johnny ended up being their pick.”

On top of the obvious off-field concerns that came back to bite the Browns several times during Manziel’s tenure, his ability to translate the gunslinger style of play he used in college to the pro game should have also been a major red flag.

The decision to draft Manziel was infamously made by team owner Jimmy Haslam, who apparently had been convinced by a homeless person that the quarterback was his man.

The Texas A&M product and fellow first-rounder Justin Gilbert were two of the worst picks the Browns have made in recent history as neither lasted past the 2015 season in Cleveland. Both players are currently without an NFL job.