CINCINNATI (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds moved a season-high 15 games over .500 by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 last night. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier hit upper-deck homers off left-hander Francisco Liriano. The Reds hit four solo homers in all, extending their best start since 1995, the last time they won a playoff series.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Kansas City Royals edged the Cleveland Indians 2-1 last night. Pinch-runner Elliot Johnson scored from third base on a wild pitch by reliever Matt Albers in the ninth inning giving the Royals the win. The Royals have won 11 of 13 and in getting to .500 for the first time since May 21st moved past Cleveland into second place in the AL Central.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Former NFL star Chad Johnson is being released immediately from jail after apologizing to a judge for lack of respect when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week. Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson's apology yesterday and reduced his jail term from 30 days to seven days.
NEW YORK (AP) - The Cincinnati Bengals will star in the training camp documentary show "Hard Knocks" for the second time in five NFL seasons. HBO has announced the Bengals will be featured in the popular series, which premieres August 6th. Cincinnati last appeared on it in 2009. The Miami Dolphins were last season's team.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland Browns have cancelled a concert at their stadium by rockers Bon Jovi. The show had been scheduled for July 14th at FirstEnergy Stadium. The NFL team did not provide any reason for the concert being scrapped. The Browns say ticket holders should return to their original point of purchase for refunds.
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