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Last Update: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:31 AM EDT

DIAMONDBACKS-REDS
Ahmed sends Dbacks over Reds 2-1 in 15 innings

Nick Ahmed's RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when games go really long.

Arizona is 13-0 all-time in games of at least 15 innings.

Ahmed's single off J.J. Hoover gave the Reds their ninth loss in 10 games since the All-Star break, a slump that has dropped them below .500 for the first time since June 21. The offense has been the problem, scoring only 17 runs in those 10 games, by far the fewest in the majors.

Oliver Perez gave up a hit and a walk in two innings. Addison Reed got his 25th save in 30 chances.

Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman fanned the side in the ninth, extending his major league record for a reliever to 44 consecutive games with at least one strikeout.



BROWNS-POPPING PADS
Browns put on the pads, get physical in camp

Browns first-year coach Mike Pettine did more than watch his team practice. He listened as well.

Cleveland's players worked out in full pads for the first time in training camp on Monday. Under cloudy skies and in October-like temperatures, the Browns got a lot more physical than during their first two days on the field.

Pettine said he was pleased with the contact, which included a few loud shoulder-pad-to-shoulder-pad pops that excited another large crowd on the fields behind the Browns' training headquarters.

Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Thomas said he still gets "butterflies" before the first full-contact practice "because this is real football. If you mess up, somebody's going to get smacked.

Pettine wants the Browns to be tougher this season, and linebacker Karlos Dansby believes Cleveland has several players with a nasty streak.



BROWNS-PINKSTON
Browns' Jason Pinkston not cleared to practice

The Browns say offensive guard Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to practice.

The team and Pinkston's agents released a joint statement Monday saying the four-year veteran has been in communication with the Browns. The team says it will respect Pinkston's privacy and not provide further details "at this time."

Pinkston started 16 games as a rookie in 2011. The next year he was sidelined with blood clots in his lungs, threatening his career.

The fifth-round draft pick from Pittsburgh played only three games last season because of an ankle injury.

On Sunday, first-year coach Mike Pettine said there was a "possibility" Pinkston will return to the team. Pinkston said on Twitter he has not considered retiring.



LEBRON-HOMECOMING
All tickets claimed for LeBron's homecoming show

LeBron James' Ohio hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium in Akron were released Monday and were gone within hours.

Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York won't divulge how many tickets were offered but says demand was overwhelming. She says organizers hope to make more available.

York says the event is more of a show than a party or rally. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people, but it's unclear how much space will be used for the event.

James has created big buzz by returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.










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