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STUDY FAULTS STRICT CODE AT BAYLOR

AUSTIN, Texas — The sexual assault scandal that took down Baylor University's president and revered football coach also found a problem with a bedrock of the school's faith-based education: a student conduct code banning alcohol, drugs and premarital sex that may have driven some victims into silence.

Investigators with the Pepper Hamilton law firm who dug into Baylor's response to sexual assault claims determined the school's rigid approach to drugs, alcohol and sex and "perceived judgmental responses" to victims who reported being raped "created barriers" to reporting assaults. Some women faced the prospect of their family being notified.

"A number of victims were told that if they made a report of rape, their parents would be informed of the details of where they were and what they were doing," said Chad Dunn, a Houston attorney who represents six women who have sued Baylor under the identification of Jane Doe.

The nation's largest Baptist university is a notably conservative place in one of the country's most conservative states. Dancing on campus was banned until 1996. Fornication, adultery and homosexual acts were included in an official list of misconduct until May 2015, and the current policy stresses that "physical sexual intimacy is to be expressed in the context of marital fidelity."

SOCCER

Rowdies shut out in Ottawa

A difficult week for the Tampa Bay Rowdies hit another speed bump with a 2-0 defeat to the host Ottawa Fury FC. Mallan Roberts scored Ottawa's opener in just the second minute of play, and Tamika Mkandawire scored an own goal in the 36th minute to put the Rowdies (4-2-3-1) down two.

GOOD NEWS: New England Revolution F Charlie Davis is in remission after receiving treatment for cancer, the MLS team announced. The former U.S. national team player told team officials of his diagnosis for liposarcoma this spring.

MORE MLS: Frank Lampard scored three goals and host New York City FC beat Colorado 5-1 to end the Rapids' 15-game unbeaten streak.

SUDDEN IMPACT: Zlatan Ibrahimovic needed only 195 seconds to score in his first game for Manchester United. The 34-year-old Swedish forward met Antonio Valencia's cross with an acrobatic scissor kick to score in the fourth minute of a 5-2 victory over Turkish side Galatasaray in Gothenburg, Sweden.

TENNIS

Djokovic romps into Rogers final

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 in Toronto to reach the Rogers Cup final against third-seeded Kei Nishikori. No. 5 Simona Halep beat Angelique Kerber 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 in Montreal to advance to the final against 10th seed Madison Keys.

ET CETERA

NHL: The Coyotes signed first-round pick Jakob Chychrun to an entry-level contract.

NBA: The Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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Sports in brief 07/30/16 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:56pm]
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