PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Cincinnati Reds eased past the struggling Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 last night. Johnny Cueto tossed his second three-hitter against Pittsburgh in a week. He 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.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 8-2 last night. James Shields allowed two runs in six innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer for Kansas City. Cleveland manager Terry Francona turned 55 years old yesterday, but the Indians were unable to win a third straight game for the first time this season.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets will not try to fall behind 3-1 on the scoreboard in tonight'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.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin hopes to have the "interim" removed from his title soon. Griffin took over Cleveland's franchise when Chris Grant was fired in February. He says he's "very confident" he will 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.
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 started to place himself in elite company.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Big Ten Network has announced that Ohio State's September 27th 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.
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.
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 yesterday in Jefferson County court to one count of making a false statement and one count of enabling underage drinking.
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