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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 23 at 7:36 AM

MLB-BRAUN-SUSPENSION

Brewers Braun suspended by MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Braun is the first player to receive a suspension stemming from Major League Baseball's investigation of players reportedly linked to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the season, causing him to miss the team's final 65 games.

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig cited Braun for multiple "violations" of baseball's drug program and labor contract. Braun issued a statement indicating he had made some mistakes in the past and is willing to accept the consequences.

Major League Baseball attempted to suspend him for an elevated testosterone level following his MVP season of 2011, but an arbitrator overturned the penalty because Braun's urine sample was not handled as specified by baseball's drug agreement.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Moore blanks Bosox...Dodgers win again...Darvish stifles Yankees

UNDATED (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers remain baseball's hottest ballclubs.

Matt Moore tossed a two-hitter and James Loney had two RBIs as the Rays beat the Red Sox 3-0 for their sixth consecutive victory and 18th in 20 games. Moore allowed just one runner past first base and needed only 109 pitches to complete his first career shutout.

Ben Zobrist had three hits for the Rays, who are within a half-game of first-place Boston in the American League East after sitting seven games back on June 28.

The Dodgers are the new leaders in the National League West following their 21st victory in 26 games, just one month after falling 9½ games back.

A.J. Ellis went 4-for-6 with a two-run homer, five RBIs and three runs scored to lead the Dodgers' assault in a 14-5 rout of the Blue Jays in Toronto. Skip Schumaker (SHOO'-mah-kur) added a three-run blast for Los Angeles, which scored four times in the second, sixth and seventh innings.

Arizona fell a half-game behind the Dodgers by losing to the Chicago Cubs 4-2. Junior Lake hit a two-run homer and singled home the insurance run in the ninth inning.

Also in the majors, Max Scherzer improved to 14-1 by allowing just two runs and four hits over eight innings of Detroit's 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. Victor Martinez had four hits and three RBIs for the Tigers, who finished the game without third baseman Miguel Cabrera. The reigning AL Triple Crown winner came out of the game in the fifth inning with a sore hip flexor muscle that will be evaluated Tuesday.

Aaron Harang gave up a run and four hits in seven innings of Seattle's 2-1 triumph against Cleveland, which drops the Indians 2½ games behind the AL Central-leading Tigers. The Mariners' runs came on solo homers by Kendrys Morales and Mike Zunino.

Oakland's lead in the AL West remains three games over Texas after the Athletics came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Houston 4-3. Josh Reddick hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning as the A's improved to 10-0 against the Astros this season.

Yu Darvish pitched into the seventh inning and Nelson Cruz hit a solo homer as the Rangers blanked the New York Yankees 3-0. Darvish limited the Yanks to two hits over 6 1/3 innings to improve to 9-4.

Baltimore has a season-high five-game winning streak after J.J. Hardy hit a two-run homer and provided three RBIs in the Orioles' 9-2 pounding of Kansas City. Chris Davis leads the majors with 97 RBIs after supplying a sacrifice fly and a two-run double.

Dillon Gee carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but John Buck's passed ball helped Atlanta score the tying and winning runs in the ninth inning of a 2-1 victory against the New York Mets. Reed Johnson singled home the tiebreaking run with two out, allowing the Braves to end a two-game skid and stretch their lead in the NL East to seven games over Philadelphia.

Andrew McCutchen belted a pair of two-run homers off Dan Haren while Pittsburgh was building a 5-0 lead in a 6-5 win at Washington. The Nationals have gone 0-4 since the All-Star break to fall eight games behind the East-leading Braves.

Homers by Devin Mesoraco, Shin-Soo Choo and Jay Bruce powered Cincinnati's 10-0 laugher against San Francisco. Todd Frazier had two hits and three RBIs to back Bronson Arroyo's sixth career shutout.

Miami had gone 37 consecutive innings without scoring until Giancarlo Stanton hit an RBI double in a two-run first that helped the Marlins beat Colorado 3-1. Ed Lucas scored the game's first run and hit a solo homer to support Tom Koehler, who struck out seven while holding the Rockies to a run and eight hits in seven innings.

Jesus Guzman homered and collected three RBIs in San Diego's 5-3 victory at Milwaukee. The Padres trailed 3-1 until Carlos Quentin and Guzman hit two-run doubles in the sixth inning.

The Minnesota Twins were 4-3 winners over the Angels behind Samuel Deduno (deh-DOO'-noh), who limited the Halos to a pair of runs and four hits in seven innings. Clete Thomas supported Deduno with a solo homer and an RBI double.

MLB-NEWS

Rangers get Garza...Kemp sits again...Wedge hospitalized

UNDATED (AP) — The Texas Rangers have bolstered their starting rotation by acquiring right-hander Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs. The Cubbies receive rookie pitcher Justin Grimm, third baseman and top prospect Mike Olt, Class-A pitcher C.J. Edwards and a player to be named.

Garza is 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts this season, including a 5-0 mark and a 1.24 earned run average in his last six outings. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season.

In other major league news, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is expected to miss the three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto after spraining his left ankle in Sunday's win at Washington. Kemp is expected to have X-rays tonight, but the team believes he does not have a fracture or ligament damage. He came off the disabled list yesterday after missing 11 games with a sore left shoulder.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge suffered a dizzy spell during batting practice, had to be helped into the dugout by team personnel and was taken to a hospital as a precaution before Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians. Wedge was feeling better after being checked out in the clubhouse, but the team still decided to have him examined at a hospital.

Braves outfielder Jason Heyward returned to the lineup on Monday after missing six games with a right hamstring injury. Heyward promptly made a diving catch in center field to end the Braves' 2-1 win over the Mets.

Atlanta also placed starting pitcher Paul Maholm (mah-HAH'-luhm) on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised left wrist.

NFL-BRONCOS

Report: Broncos to lose linebacker...Jets ink rookie Smith...Texans sign first-rounder

UNDATED (AP) — The Denver Broncos face the prospect of not having Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller when the season stars. A person with knowledge of the situation says Miller will miss the first month of the season for violating the NFL's drug policy, pending an appeal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league hasn't announced any punishment.

The league has a confidentiality clause on such cases and. Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said the team is unable to provide any comment.

Miller insists that he did nothing wrong. He tweeted, "I'm sure this'll be resolved fairly."

Miller was the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 with 11½ sacks and he topped that last season with a franchise-record 18½ sacks while making it to his second straight Pro Bowl.

Also in the NFL, the New York Jets have signed rookie quarterback Geno Smith to a four-year package worth about $5 million. Smith was selected in the second round of this year's draft and is competing with incumbent Mark Sanchez for the starting job.

The Houston Texans have signed first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins, giving them seven of nine 2013 draft picks now under contract. The wide receiver is a deep threat who could be the complement for star receiver Andre Johnson that the Texans long have sought.

NFL-49ERS-WRIGHT

Newly acquired Wright flunks 49ers physical

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have nullified their trade for Eric Wright after the cornerback failed his physical.

Wright was traded by Tampa Bay to the 49ers on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2014, one week after he was arrested in Los Angeles on an unspecified misdemeanor charge.

The Buccaneers released Wright once the deal was canceled.

Forty-niners coach Jim Harbaugh declined to say specifically what portion of the physical Wright failed.

NFL-DRUGS

Talks continue about HGH testing

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL and players union are talking again about starting to test for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season. The labor agreement that ended the NFL lockout in 2011 allowed the league to test players for HGH, once the union approved the process. The NFL Players Association says it favors testing, but has reservations about the appeals process.

An email obtained by The Associated Press from the NFL Players Association indicates that the league and the NFLPA have jointly hired a doctor to conduct a study on NFL players to determine a good threshold for a positive HGH test. The email was sent by the union to players, in part to explain that the study requires them to have blood drawn during their physical when training camp begins. The email said the blood samples will only be used for the study.

Supplemental HGH is a banned substance that is hard to detect and used by athletes for what are believed to be a variety of benefits, whether real or only perceived — such as increasing speed and improving vision.

NBA-NUGGETS-ROBINSON

Robinson lands in Denver

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the Denver Nuggets have signed veteran point guard Nate Robinson to a two-year deal. Robinson averaged 13 points a contest for the Chicago Bulls last season and gives the Nuggets another quick backcourt player to go with Ty Lawson.

Also in the NBA, the Raptors have signed D.J. Augustin to a one-year deal so he can back up starting point guard Kyle Lowry. Augustin has averaged 9.6 points and 4.0 assists in 358 NBA games since being selected ninth overall in the 2008 draft.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NORTH CAROLINA

Charges dropped for Tar Heel hoopster

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Authorities have dismissed charges against P.J. Hairston, the leading scorer for the North Carolina Tar Heels, from a traffic stop last month. Hairston was arrested June 5 and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license at a checkpoint in Durham.

The Durham County clerk of court's office says those charges were dismissed Friday after Hairston produced proof he had a driver's license and had completed a drug assessment program.

OLYMPICS-HOCKEY

Babcock back for Team Canada

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mike Babcock will return as coach of Canada's Olympic hockey team. He will have Ken Hitchcock, Lindy Ruff and Claude Julien (ZHOO'-lee-ehn) as assistants at next year's Sochi (SOH'-chee) Games. Julien is the only newcomer from the staff that led Canada to a gold medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Babcock coached the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008 and also led Canada to gold at the world championships in 2004.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE

Meyer drops top rusher

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A published report says Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer has kicked top rusher Carlos Hyde off the team after an alleged assault in Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that Hyde was named as a person of interest in a weekend assault against a female in a downtown Columbus bar. The newspaper cites sources saying Hyde was dismissed from the team over the incident early Saturday.

Ohio State officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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