ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, and Billy Butler and Josh Willingham had inning-starting homers for the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals in a 6-3 win at Texas on Friday night. The hard-throwing Ventura (10-9) allowed one run, four hits, and three walks.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs and Kyle Kendrick overcame a rocky first inning to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Adam Wainwright (15-8) failed in his bid to become the first 16-game winner in the big leagues while continuing his August struggles. The right-hander allowed five runs, four earned, and six hits in six innings, dropping to 2-3 with a 6.49 ERA in five starts this month.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden say they followed protocol when former running back Derrick Washington was accused of rape in 2008. Pinkel says he learned of the allegation in October 2008 but did not take action because no charges were filed. Alden said he was not aware then of reporting requirements for sexual violence to the Title IX coordinator. Legislation mandates schools to investigate instances of alleged sexual discrimination or violence once it has evidence of an incident.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Chiefs offensive tackle Donald Stephenson has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Stephenson was a fill-in starter last season but was expected to anchor the right side of the line this year. He remains eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games, including Saturday night's game against Minnesota.
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