Reds knock Cardinals out of 1st with 7-2 win
CINCINNATI (AP) - Scott Rolen homered and drove in three runs Sunday, leading the surging Cincinnati Reds to a 7-2 victory that swatted the St. Louis Cardinals off their accustomed perch atop the NL Central.
Cincinnati has moved into a half-game lead by winning 7 of 8. The Reds haven't been in first place this deep into a season since June 8, 2006.
St. Louis had been in first place since July 31. The defending champions opened a 5-game lead before going into a pronounced downturn, losing 9 of their last 12.
Rolen hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring single off Brad Penny (3-4), who had never lost at Great American Ball Park. Bronson Arroyo (3-2) pitched his first complete game - a seven-hitter - and added a bases-loaded single.
Bannister, Guillen lead Royals over White Sox
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Brian Bannister pitched six strong innings, Jose Guillen drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 Sunday.
Bannister, who had lost his previous two starts while allowing 11 runs in nine innings, retired 13 of 14 in one stretch after giving up two runs in the third inning. Bannister (2-3), who had a 7.91 ERA in 14 career starts, allowed three runs and seven hits.
Guillen, who had hit .127 in his previous 18 games, had a run-producing single in the Royals' three-run fourth, then drove in Jason Kendall and David DeJesus with a two-out single in the fifth. Billy Butler and Mitch Maier had the other RBIs in the fourth.
Joakim Soria finished for his ninth save in 11 opportunities.
Oklahoma routs Missouri 9-0 for Big 12 title
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Lindsey Vandever and Haley Nix each hit three-run home runs, Keilani Ricketts pitched a three-hitter and Oklahoma beat Missouri 9-0 on Sunday to win the Big 12 softball championship.
The game was called after six innings because of the run rule as the second-seeded Sooners (43-10) avenged a loss to Missouri in last year's conference championship game.
Ricketts was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after striking out 11 batters, bringing the freshman's total to 35 for her three complete game wins in the tournament. Oklahoma also won the Big 12 title in 1996, 2001 and 2007.
Fifth-seeded Missouri (46-11), which advanced to the Women's College World Series after winning last year's Big 12 title, stranded nine runners as Ricketts walked six.
Texas A&M, Nebraska win Big 12 track championships
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Texas A&M has won its fourth straight Big 12 women's outdoor track and field championship, even without sprinter Gabby Mayo.
Texas A&M finished with 157 points after Sunday's events. Nebraska placed second with 102.
The Aggies were without Mayo because she suffered a leg injury in Saturday's 100-meter preliminaries.
The men's championship was won by Nebraska, with 118 points. Oklahoma was second with 114 and A&M was third with 110.
The championship came down to the last race, the 4 x 400 relay. If Oklahoma had won the event, it would win the conference crown. The Sooners finished fourth in the relay.
Busch wins Sprint Cup race at Dover
DOVER, Del. (AP) - Kyle Busch won the Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway a day after he won the Nationwide Series race.
Busch just missed a tripleheader sweep on the one-mile concrete track. He was in position to win the Trucks Series race on Friday but ran out of gas at the end. He easily won Saturday's second-tier series race.
On Sunday, Busch swapped the lead with Jimmie Johnson throughout most of the 400-mile race. Johnson, the 4-time defending Cup champion, was hit with a late penalty for speeding on pit road.
Johnson finished 16th after having the dominant car most of the race.
Jeff Burton was second and Matt Kenseth third. Denny Hamlin and David Reutimann rounded out the top five.
Jamie McMurray was 32nd.