FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- A contrite Chad Johnson apologized for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week and was released from jail after only a week instead of 30 days.
Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson's apology and cut back his jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he had already served since the rear-swatting. Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he'd had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong -- especially in a domestic violence case.
Johnson said he was thankful McHugh got him to think about the path his life was taking.
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 announced that the Bengals would be featured in the popular series, which premieres Aug. 6. Cincinnati last appeared on it in 2009. The Miami Dolphins were last season's team.
The Bengals no longer have receiver Chad Johnson as a TV attraction. Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was recently charged with assault, the latest in his string of legal troubles.
Cincinnati went on to win the AFC North in 2009.
The eighth season of "Hard Knocks" will air five episodes on Tuesday nights through Sept. 3.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- Saying she has already rolled up her sleeves and is ready to work, Julie Hermann took over as Rutgers' athletic director with the promise that her No. 1 job is to create an atmosphere for student-athletes to excel on and off the field.
The embattled Hermann showed up for work before most of her employees and started the task of leading an embarrassed athletic department back to respectability, winning back boosters and alumni and leading the university into the Big Ten Conference in 2014.
She released an open letter to the student-athletes on the university's athletic website, promising to create a best-in-class care system committed to support athletics academics.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- About 325 former Penn State players and coaches have signed a statement supporting the lawsuit filed by the family of former coach Joe Paterno and other former players seeking to overturn NCAA sanctions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Former player Brian Masella released the letter in support of the lawsuit, which was also filed last month by some coaches, trustees and faculty. Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny, and former NFL quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Todd Blackledge are among the notable names who signed on to the statement.
The former players demanded "fairness, due process, truth, and a just outcome."
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) -- U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has no plans to take any time off after winning his first major championship.
Nathan Grube, the tournament director at the Travelers Championship, said Rose's wife, Kate, called shortly after her husband won his first major title to confirm they would be in Connecticut for this week's tournament.
Rose, who rose from fifth to third in the current world rankings with his win at Merion, is in a field that includes just five other top-20 players: Lee Westwood (12), Keegan Bradley (14), Jason Dufner (17), Ian Poulter (18), and Bubba Watson (19).
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- A Dutch court convicted six young soccer players and the father of one of the athletes of manslaughter in the death of a volunteer linesman who was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked after a youth match in a brutal attack that shocked the soccer-loving nation.
Judges in Lelystad sentenced the 50-year-old father to six years in prison. Five teenage players were given two-year sentences in youth detention for their roles in the December attack and another was sentenced to a year. A seventh teenager was sentenced to 30 days of detention for assault.
The fatal attack took place Dec. 2 in the Dutch city of Almere, after the home team, Buitenboys, tied 2-2 with Nieuw Sloten, which is based in an Amsterdam neighborhood.
ATLANTA (AP) -- The cast of an Atlanta sports radio show has been fired after mocking a former NFL player who has Lou Gehrig's disease, a station official said.
The show, Mayhem in the AM, was broadcast on 790 The Zone Monday morning. In a statement, General Manager Rick Mack said the station regrets comments made about ex-Saints safety Steve Gleason. The 36-year-old suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and has lost the ability to speak and move.
The station didn't give the names of those fired. During the segment, two of the on-air personalities took a call from a third host who pretended to be Gleason by using a voice that sounded automated -- mimicking another famous ALS patient, Stephen Hawking.