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REDS-PIRATES

Cueto pitches Reds by Pirates 4-1

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Johnny Cueto tossed his second three-hitter against the Pittsburgh in a week and the Cincinnati Reds eased past the struggling Pirates 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Cueto (2-2) struck out four and walked three while running his career-long scoreless streak to 21 innings before giving up a home run to Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth. He improved to 15-4 in his career against the Pirates and became the first Cincinnati pitcher to toss consecutive complete games since Mat Latos did it in June 2012.

Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart had consecutive RBI hits off Edinson Volquez (1-1) in the seventh to provide all the offense Cueto needed.

Volquez allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.

ROYALS-INDIANS

Shields, Moustakas lead Royals past Indians 8-2

CLEVELAND (AP) - James Shields allowed two runs in six innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Shields (2-2) struck out nine and won his second straight start.

Moustakas' homer sparked Kansas City's four-run fourth that featured five hits. The Royals are 10-0 when scoring at least four runs.

Eric Hosmer had four hits, including an RBI double in the seventh.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona turned 55 years old Tuesday, but the Indians were unable to win a third straight game for the first time this season.

Danny Salazar (0-3) didn't allow a hit until the fourth, but unraveled quickly.

PENGUINS-BLUE JACKETS

Pens, Jackets hope to end blown leads in Game 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets will not try to fall behind 3-1 on the scoreboard in Wednesday night's Game 4.

In each game of their Stanley Cup first-round series, a team has led by that score - and then lost.

The Penguins did it in Game 2, the Blue Jackets in Games 1 and 3, including a 4-3 home loss on Monday night.

The Blue Jackets have shown they can play with the powerful Penguins. But they have yet to prove they can close the deal.

The Penguins are up 2-1 in the series even though their biggest stars - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Chris Kunitz - haven't scored a goal.

CAVALIERS PLANS

Cavs acting GM Griffin: 'We're all under review'

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin hopes to have the "interim" removed from his title soon.

Griffin, who took over Cleveland's franchise when Chris Grant was fired in February, says he's "very confident" he'll move forward under owner Dan Gilbert. Griffin stressed that he, coach Mike Brown and others are "under review" after the Cavs failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Griffin wouldn't speculate about his future in a news conference Tuesday. He says he's only committed to improving the Cavs following a disappointing 33-49 season.

Brown's future with the Cavs remains uncertain. Gilbert re-hired him last summer after firing him following the 2010 season.

BENGALS-DALTON

Bengals' Dalton comparing himself with NFL's best

CINCINNATI (AP) - Andy Dalton isn't shying away from the comparisons any longer.

The Bengals' fourth-year quarterback has avoided linking his name with some of the NFL's best, even as he accomplished things that few others could claim. Now that it's time to negotiate a long-term deal, he's begun to place himself in elite company.

Dalton is one of only five starting quarterbacks to lead their teams to the playoffs in each of their first three seasons. He set Bengals records for yards passing and touchdowns last season. Yet there's one overriding question: Can he win a playoff game? The Bengals are 0-3 in the postseason, with Dalton having some of his worst performances.

OHIO ST-CINCINNATI NIGHT GAME

Buckeyes, Bearcats kick off at 6 p.m. on Sept. 27

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Big Ten Network has announced that Ohio State's Sept. 27 home game against Cincinnati will kick off at 6 p.m.

It marks a record fourth night game in the 2014 season for the Buckeyes - with seven start times still to be determined.

The Bearcats' game at Ohio Stadium will also mark the first time Ohio State has played three home games at night in a season. Ohio State's games at home against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6, at Penn State on Oct. 25 and home against Illinois on Nov. 1 will start at 8 p.m.

Ohio State is 39-22 in night games (those starting after 5 p.m. local time).

AKRON PRESIDENT-TRESSEL

Jim Tressel among 3 finalists to lead Akron

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is among three finalists in the University of Akron's search for a new president.

Tressel has been an administrator there for two years. He took the job after being forced out at Ohio State following a scandal in which his players sold memorabilia for cash and tattoos.

A campus email Tuesday from Akron trustees says the finalists include provosts from two other schools - Scott Scarborough of the University of Toledo and Ronald Nykiel (neye-KEEL') of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Trustees say each finalist will spend one day next week interviewing with advisory groups. The school's current president, Luis Proenza (proh-EN'-zah), is leaving his position in June.

Tressel also applied to be president at Youngstown State University, where he previously coached.

CHEERLEADER LAWSUIT

5 former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders sue over pay

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders are suing the team, saying they weren't paid for their time at games or mandatory public appearances that left them open to groping and sexual comments.

The lawsuit is the third filed this year against a National Football League team by its cheerleaders. The Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals also have pending wage battles.

Two members of the Buffalo Jills squad held a news conference Tuesday with their attorney, Frank Dolce (DOHL'-chay). They say they were wrongly classified as independent contractors by Stejon Productions, which manages the Jills and failed to pay them for hundreds of hours of work.

Their lawsuit seeks back pay and "other damages as allowed by law."

A Bills spokesman says the team doesn't comment on pending litigation. Stejon Productions hasn't responded to a request for comment.

FOOTBALL PLAYERS-RAPE

Football coach pleads no contest in Ohio rape case

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) - A volunteer football coach whose house was the scene of a party that preceded the rape of a girl by two high school football players has pleaded no contest to two charges.

The Ohio attorney general's office says Matt Belardine (BELL'-ahr-deen) entered no contest pleas Tuesday in Jefferson County court to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking.

Charges of obstructing official business and contributing to the delinquency of a child were dismissed.

Special Judge Patricia Ann Cosgrove sentenced Belardine to 10 days in jail, one year of supervision and 40 hours of community service. She also fined him $1,000.

A message was left with Belardine's attorney seeking comment.

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