Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday in the first penalty of baseball’s investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Braun accepted the penalty.
“I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions,” he said in a statement.
Major League Baseball attempted to suspend Braun for a positive drug test following the 2011 season, but an arbitrator overturned the penalty because the Milwaukee star’s urine sample was not handled as specified by baseball’s drug agreement.
Braun, injured Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and more than a dozen players were targeted by MLB following a report by a Miami newspaper in January that they had been connected with Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic.
He will miss Milwaukee’s last 65 games without pay, costing him about $3 million of his $8.5 million salary.
• Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to miss the three-game series against the Blue Jays after spraining his left ankle.
• A lawsuit seeking $12 million from Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig says he and his mother lied to Cuban authorities about a plan to smuggle the player out of the country.
• The Texas Rangers finally have Matt Garza in their starting rotation. The Rangers dealt for him from the Chicago Cubs.
• The Chicago White Sox recalled Paul Konerko from his rehab assignment at Double-A Birmingham and reinstated him from the 15-day disabled list.
• The Lowell Spinners are giving out another bobblehead to honor Jack Kerouac. The doll is the third and last in a series for the local, who wrote the literary classic, “On the Road.” It will be given to fans Thursday night against the Brooklyn Cyclones.
Jets sign Smith
Robert Griffin III got the go-ahead from team doctors days before the Redskins open training camp.
• The New York Jets signed quarterback Geno Smith to a four-year contract worth about $5 million.
• The NFL and the players union are talking again about getting a human growth hormone test in place for the upcoming season.
• The Bengals released guard Travelle Wharton, who tore up his right knee and missed last season.
• Denver all-pro linebacker Von Miller could miss four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy, even though the league has made no announcement.
• Cornerback Eric Wright failed his 49ers physical, nullifying a trade from Tampa Bay.
• The Houston Texans signed first-round pick WR DeAndre Hopkins.
• The Pac-12 and Big 12 have a six-year deal with the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
• Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy is back after being mugged in Madison, Wis., over the weekend.
Authorities dismissed charges against North Carolina’s leading men’s scorer P.J. Hairston from a traffic stop last month. He was arrested June 5 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license at a checkpoint in Durham, N.C. But prosecutors dismissed those charges after Hairston produced proof he had a driver’s license and had completed a drug assessment program.
• A Rutgers University report found breakdowns in communication as the university learned about a coach’s physical and verbal abuse of players.
• The Memphis Grizzlies acquired the rights to guard Nick Calathes from the Dallas Mavericks.
• The Denver Nuggets brought in Nate Robinson.
• The Utah Jazz signed free-agent guard John Lucas III. The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 5.3 points and 1.7 assists in 13.1 minutes in a career-high 63 games last season.
Gianniotis retains title
Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece defended his title in the grueling 10-kilometer open water event at the swimming world championships in Barcelona, surging ahead on the final lap to avoid a sprint with Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli. Gianniotis finished in 1 hour, 49 minutes, 11.8 seconds in the Barcelona harbor.
China nabs 2 more golds
China swept both diving gold medals at the world championships in Barcelona, with Li Shixin defending his men’s 1-meter springboard title and Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia winning the women’s 10-meter synchronized platform.
Boxing’s governing body provisionally suspended England’s Amateur Boxing Association and asked its disciplinary panel to review the case. The suspension bars English boxers, coaches and officials from competitions.