Braun finally admits drug use in 2011
Ryan Braun has finally admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.
The suspended Milwaukee slugger says in a statement released Thursday by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury.
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, his teammates and Commissioner Bud Selig.
Last month he accepted a 65-game suspension resulting from Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
Former Indians pitcher Matsuzaka signs with Mets
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a one-year contract, and the right-hander is scheduled to start Friday night's game against Detroit.
Matsuzaka was released by Cleveland on Tuesday at his request. He had spent the entire season at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a spot in Cleveland's rotation during spring training.
After working through early season injuries, Matsuzaka has pitched well in recent weeks, going 4-4 with a 3.56 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 10 starts for the Clippers since July 2.
The game against the Tigers will be Matsuzaka's first major league appearance since he went 1-7 with an 8.28 ERA in 11 starts for Boston last year. He underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2011.
The Japanese veteran is 50-37 with a 4.52 ERA in 117 career games.
Braves' Heyward has surgery on broken jaw
ATLANTA -- Braves outfielder Jason Heyward had surgery Thursday on his broken right jaw after he was struck by a pitch.
The team has not said how long he will be out, but he could miss the rest of the regular season.
Dr. Glenn Maron operated in Atlanta, one day after Heyward was injured. He inserted plates in both places where the jaw was fractured.
Atlanta has a commanding lead in the NL East and hopes Heyward will recover in time for the playoffs.
Before his injury, Heyward had moved into the leadoff spot and become one of the Braves' hottest hitters. He was batting .253 with 13 homers and 37 RBI.
Miami police officer who escorted LeBron to concert disciplined
MIAMI -- The Miami-Dade Police Department says it will discipline the officer who provided a police escort to Miami Heat star LeBron James to the Justin Timberlake/Jay Z concert.
In a statement released Thursday, the department says it has chosen to give the officer "informal counseling" after investigating the escort involving the athlete. The statement says no further action will be taken. It does not identify the officer.
James posted a video on social media sites before Friday's concert saying he was following a police escort on the wrong side of the street. The video showed the police vehicles with their lights flashing.
The department said Monday that officers violated policy by providing the police escort. It wasn't scheduled in advance and all safety precautions appeared to have been taken.
Pelicans re-sign forward Thomas, add Onuaku
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Pelicans have re-signed forward Lance Thomas and added forward Arinze Onuaku.
The terms of the contract, announced by the club on Thursday, have not been released.
The 6-foot-8 Thomas, a former Duke standout, has appeared in 101 games with New Orleans, including 19 starts, during his first two NBA seasons. Last season, he started nine games and averaged 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds in 59 appearances.
The 6-foot-9 Onuaku is a former Syracuse player who has spent parts of two seasons in the NBA Development League. He started 32 games last season for Canton, averaging 12.6 points and 9.5 rebounds in 23.7 minutes per game.
Philadelphia acquires Wroten from Memphis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired guard Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a conditional second round draft selection in2 014 and a trade exception.
The 6-foot-6, 208-pound Wroten was the 25th pick overall in 2012 after he played one season in college at Washington. He played in 35 games and averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 assists with the Grizzlies assigning him to their D-League affiliate in Reno four times last season.
But Wroten became expendable when the Grizzlies signed guard Nick Calathes to back up Mike Conley.
Stadler finishes long day in lead at Barclays
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- It took Kevin Stadler nearly 11 hours to open with a 7-under 64 at Liberty National. And he's not even guaranteed to be the first-round leader at The Barclays.
Two rain delays that lasted a total of six hours put a damper on the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Stadler teed off just after breakfast and finished his round right before dinner. Only half the field finished. Stadler had a one-shot lead over Henrik Stenson, Ryan Palmer and Camilo Villegas.
Tiger Woods ran off three straight birdies before the second delay. He only made one after returned, though he still had a 4-under 67.
It was a good start for Stadler, who is No. 87 in the FedEx Cup standings. Only the top 100 advance to the second event.
Jets sign ex-Browns receiver Massaquoi
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets have signed veteran wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi to add depth to their receiving corps.
Massaquoi was cut by Jacksonville on Monday after signing a two-year deal in April. He had two catches for 15 yards in the Jaguars' preseason loss to the Jets on Saturday night.
He was drafted by Cleveland in the second round out of Georgia in 2009. Massaquoi had 118 catches for 1,745 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons with the Browns.
The signing by the Jets on Thursday comes as Braylon Edwards -- another former Browns receiver -- has sat out of practice all week because of a leg injury. Jets coach Rex Ryan says Massaquoi has "had his moments in this league" and is a player New York was interested in coming out of college.
NFL: Players have 'buyer's remorse' on HGH testing
NEW YORK -- The man who oversees the NFL's drug program says the players' union has "buyer's remorse" about HGH testing.
A union official says "the only thing" the league cares about "is power."
Thursday's latest public back-and-forth, featuring NFL Senior Vice President Adolpho Birch and NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah, comes exactly two weeks before the first game of the 2013 regular season.
Two full seasons already have come and gone since the NFL collective bargaining agreement signed in August 2011 paved the way for blood testing for HGH.