ST. LOUIS (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 in 10 innings last night. Jhonny Peralta's single, his third hit of the game, drove in the winning run. Jay Bruce homered, doubled and knocked in four runs for the Reds, giving him nine RBIs in four games. Brandon Phillips returned from left thumb surgery wearing a brace and was 0 for 4 with a walk.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) - Johnny Manziel struggled to hit open receivers and added another gesture to his repertoire - a middle finger apparently aimed at the opponents' bench - in the Cleveland Browns' 24-23 loss to the Washington Redskins last night. Neither Manziel nor Brian Hoyer did much to claim the Browns' starting quarterback job. Manziel completed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Hoyer went 2 for 6 for 16 yards.
CINCINNATI (AP) - Margus Hunt got compared to a Russian boxer from "Rocky IV" when he arrived in the NFL. Two preseason games into his second season, he's forging his own identity. The 6-foot-8, 290-pound Estonian has made several highlight-reel plays during the Cincinnati Bengals' first two preseason games.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year Braxton Miller has reportedly reinjured his throwing shoulder in practice. Ohio State officials have declined to confirm that the quarterback has been hurt again or speak to the severity of the injury. Miller is considered among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Urban Meyer wasn't just unhappy with his pass defense after last season. He was so upset by a poor series of performances that he destroyed it, hired a new coach to oversee what was left and then they rebuilt it from the ground up. As a result, there are a lot of people watching the backfield as Number 5 Ohio State goes through its paces in preparation for the August 30th opener against Navy in Baltimore.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Youngstown State University has held a formal ceremony to install Jim Tressel as president, although he's been on the job for weeks. The former Ohio State football coach is the ninth Youngstown State president. The school will pay him $300,000 a year.
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