Monday, June 18, 2018
Sports

Braun finally fesses up

A month after acknowledging only that he made "mistakes," Brewers slugger Ryan Braun admitted Thursday to taking a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury during his NL MVP season of 2011.

Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone in October 2011, but his 50-game suspension was overturned when an arbitrator ruled that the urine sample was mishandled. Braun apologized to the collector of the urine sample in his statement.

"I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately," said Braun, the first of 14 players disciplined this year as a result of the Biogenesis probe; Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game penalty.

Last month Braun accepted a 65-game ban after MLB's investigation of the Biogenesis antiaging clinic, which was accused of providing PEDs to players. In his initial meeting with MLB investigators, Braun declined to answer questions. But he said he initiated a second session where he admitted his guilt: "I came to the realization that it was time to come to grips with the truth. I was never presented with baseball's evidence against me, but I didn't need to be, because I knew what I had done."

Wilson returns: Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson took the biggest step yet in his comeback from elbow-ligament replacement surgery, pitching a scoreless ninth in the Dodgers' 6-0 win over Miami. Wilson gave up a double, struck out two and looked a lot like the pitcher who saved 171 games for the Giants. "It was long overdue, a very arduous process, but I'm glad I went through it so I could appreciate baseball even more," he said.

Heyward surgery: Braves OF Jason Heyward had surgery on his broken right jaw after being hit by a pitch. The team has not said how long he will be out.

Mets: The club signed RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka, released at his request by Cleveland after spending all season at Triple A, to a one-year contract and plans to start him this weekend.

Comments
Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Barry Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

Veteran coach Barry Trotz is leaving the Washington Capitals less than two weeks after leading them to the Stanley Cup. Trotz informed the team of his decision Monday, 11 days after Washington won the championship in five games over the Vegas Golden ...
Updated: 4 minutes ago
Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

Iceland World Cup Fever … catch it!

TAMPA — Iceland isn't what it used to be. Literally. The Nordic island country is shrinking, what with global warming. Iceland's glaciers are getting smaller. If you took all that ice and laid it end to end, well, you clearly have nothing bette...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Bucs defensive end Will Gholston says ‘no excuse’ for disappointing 2017 season

Will Gholston is painfully honest about a 2017 season that wasn't anything close to what he wanted it to be. Ask him about last year, and there are no parentheses in his world to soften what he remembers here."I just played (crappy), completely. That...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Former U.S. players not cool with Landon Donovan championing Mexico

Former U.S. players not cool with Landon Donovan championing Mexico

MOSCOW — Mexico is in the World Cup, the United States is not, and to former U.S. national team star Landon Donovan, American fans without a rooting interest should support their chief rivals.Saturday morning, in a tweet sponsored by Wells Fargo, Don...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Ex-Bucs WR Lawrence Dawsey worked with team during OTAs

Ex-Bucs WR Lawrence Dawsey worked with team during OTAs

The Bucs had four extra coaches during organized team activities last month as part of the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, including former Tampa Bay receiver Lawrence Dawsey.Dawsey, 50, played for the Bucs from 1991-95, finishing his time ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
As USF-Yuengling bond grows, is SEC’s alcohol stance slowly shifting?

As USF-Yuengling bond grows, is SEC’s alcohol stance slowly shifting?

USF's expanded partnership with Yuengling — including naming rights to the Sun Dome — is only the latest part in an evolving relationship between college sports and alcohol, as my colleague, Joey Knight, wrote on the front page ...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

Lightning re-signs goaltender Eddie Pasquale to two-way deal

The Lightning re-signed goaltender Eddie Pasquale to a one-year, two-way contract general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.Pasquale, 27, split this past season between the Syracuse Crunch and Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. He...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays drop three of four in New York

The Rays lose three of four games in New York as Rick Stroud says they fail to figure out the Yankees' pitching. With Christian Arroyo injured, they activate Adeiny Hechavarria — one of the stars of Sunday's win — from the disabled list a...
Updated: 6 hours ago
A sports story that we all can love

A sports story that we all can love

When we think of sports — hard-nosed, competitive sports — what words immediately come to mind? Tenacity. Grit. Guts. Perseverance. Courage. Intensity. Determination. You get the idea. Sports are usually cutthroat, give no quarter, sho...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

Rays journal: Adeiny Hechavarria returns and plays short, but now what?

NEW YORK — The Adeiny Hechavarria situation is going to be interesting for the Rays. The veteran seemed destined to be traded or even released as he completed his recovery from a hamstring strain rather than play again for the Rays after last ...
Updated: 10 hours ago