Ryan Braun, the Milwaukee Brewers slugger who was recently suspended for the rest of the 2013 season, issued a lengthy apology to fans, his teammates, the Brewers organization and numerous others. In the letter, he admits to using performance-enhancing drugs to recover from a 2011 injury.
Update 3:10 p.m. (EST): MLB has released an official statement confirming the suspensions of the players listed below. As for Alex Rodriguez, he will be suspended for 211 games, a period starting Thursday, August 8, and extending through the remainder of this season, the 2013 postseason and the full 2014 regular season. Rodriguez will appeal the suspension.
Major League Baseball will reportedly suspend 12 players for 50 games each for violating the sport's performance-enhancing-drugs policy in connection to a Miami health clinic called Biogenesis. The biggest name in MLB's investigation, three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez, is the only player who plans to appeal his suspension, which is believed to be far larger than the 50 games given to the 12 players who accepted their punishments.
The Labor Department's monthly jobs survey had some mixed results for July. The economy added 162,000 new jobs, a bit below expectations, and the unemployment rate ticked down slightly, from 7.6 percent to 7.4.
Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army private who leaked classified documents to the website Wikileaks in 2010, was acquitted Tuesday of aiding the enemy, the most serious of the many charges brought against him. He will still go to jail, though, likely for a very long time, because he was convicted of numerous lesser charges.
Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who abducted and imprisoned three women in his home for a decade, agreed to a plea deal on Friday that will ensure that he does not face the death penalty. He will be in jail, without chance for parole, for the rest of his life.
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