CINCINNATI (AP) Ryan Braun's acknowledgement that he used performance-enhancing drugs was welcomed in the Milwaukee Brewers' clubhouse, where players hope it helps heal some of the pain caused by his actions and the resulting 65-game suspension.
"I thought it was a good first step on the road to redemption, I guess you could say," catcher Jonathan Lucroy said Friday before the start of a series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Braun released a statement Thursday night acknowledging for the first time that he used a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while recovering from an injury in 2011, when he won the National League's MVP award.
Several Brewers, including Lucroy, have stayed in touch with Braun by phone since he agreed to Major League Baseball's suspension on July 22. Lucroy expects Braun to have a news conference at some point to answer questions.
SEATTLE (AP) Manager Eric Wedge rejoined the Seattle Mariners following a mild stroke suffered before a game in late July.
Clean shaven, looking thinner and energized, Wedge was back behind his office desk Friday afternoon before the Mariners opened a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.
Wedge suffered the stroke before the Mariners game on July 22. He first felt something wrong in his head, then his legs and his vision. At that point he called for Mariners trainer Rick Griffin, who immediately started helping Wedge off the field. Wedge said by the time he got to the top of the dugout steps he was "dead weight."
Wedge said he's made significant changes and intends on managing the rest of the season without restrictions.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder David DeJesus from Washington just four days after the Nationals picked him up from the Chicago Cubs.
Washington will receive a player or cash considerations in the deal announced on Friday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics acquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals.
The move boosts an injury situation at the position, bringing back a former fan favorite just more than a year after trading him.
The A's are sending Class A starter Dakota Bacus to the Nationals in the swap, while Washington is paying $995,000 to Oakland as its portion remaining on Suzuki's 2013 salary.
LOS ANGELES (AP) The beard isn't going anywhere.
Los Angeles Dodgers closer Brian Wilson has no intention of shaving off his bushy black beard.
Wilson said Friday that he had heard rumors of a company offering him $1 million to sport a clean-shaven look.
"I would never consider doing that regardless of the sum of money," he said. "I don't care about someone paying me to tell me how to look."
A razor company had offered Wilson a six-figure payday to come clean.
LOS ANGELES (AP) Vin Scully, one of baseball's most beloved broadcasters, will return to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a record 65th season in 2014.
"I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that I have always felt that I am the most ordinary of men who was given an extraordinary break of doing what I love to do at a very early age," Scully said on Friday. "I pray that I'll be allowed to do it for at least one more year."
The 85-year-old Scully said he is quite impressed by what the new ownership group has brought to the Dodgers, along with the energy fans are creating at the ballpark. The club has surged from last place in the NL West to a lead of 9½ games.
"I do think that the success of the team had something to do with it," Scully said.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Right-hander Matt Cain has been placed on the 15-day disabled list a day after being hit in the pitching arm on a line drive from Pittsburgh's Gaby Sanchez.
Cain departed in the fourth inning of a 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday. X-rays on Cain's bruised forearm were negative.
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A cousin of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez pleaded not guilty Friday to a contempt charge after being accused of refusing to testify before the grand jury that indicted Hernandez in the killing of a friend.
Tanya Singleton entered her plea on a criminal contempt charge during a brief court appearance in Fall River. Her attorney, E. Peter Parker, did not seek bail for her, agreeing that she be held until a hearing on Oct. 3.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) At least Robert Griffin III has a sense of humor about the $10,000 fine over his "Operation Patience" shirt.
The Washington Redskins quarterback accepted the team's offensive player of the year award Friday at their annual Welcome Home Luncheon.
Addressing the crowd, Griffin pointed out the charity auction that had taken place a few minutes earlier, saying: "Those auctioneers did a good job. I would've given them 10 grand, but the NFL took it away from me this week."
HOUSTON (AP) Houston coach Gary Kubiak says the NFL has upheld defensive end Antonio Smith's three-game suspension.
Smith was suspended Wednesday for the last two preseason games and Houston's season opener for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player's helmet.
Smith appealed the suspension, but his appeal was denied Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) Santonio Holmes has been moved to the New York Jets' active roster from the physically unable to perform list, a sign the wide receiver could be ready for the regular season.
Holmes has been sidelined since last September with an injured left foot that left his status for the start of this season uncertain.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) Matt Kuchar made the most of his short day at The Barclays.
Kuchar didn't tee off until Friday afternoon at Liberty National and knew he had no chance to finish. He could barely see his ball cross the water and set up a two-putt birdie on the 13th hole that gave him the outright lead, and there was enough light coming from lower Manhattan across the Hudson River to hit his tee shot on the 14th. The horn sounded, and by then, he was ready to go home.
Kuchar was at 10-under par with five holes left and had to return Saturday morning to try build on his one-shot lead over Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland, who both finished the second round in the rain-delayed tournament.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Top-ranked Inbee Park shot a 5-under 65 for a share of the second-round lead with playing partner Cristie Kerr in the Canadian Women's Open.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) Bart Bryant got off to a fast start in his bid to win consecutive Champions Tour titles, shooting a 6-under 66 to take the first-round lead in the Boeing Classic.
MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics.
The Rossiyskaya Gazeta, the official government newspaper, published the presidential decree Friday, listing an array of measures tightening security in the Olympic host city, including the ban on public assemblies. All "gatherings, rallies, demonstrations, marches and pickets" that are not part of the Olympics or the Paralympics will be prohibited in Sochi from Jan. 7 to March 21, the decree said.
The Winter Olympics is taking place Feb. 7-23 in the Black Sea resort, and the Paralympics are being held March 7-16.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said Friday he is "comforted" that Russia has agreed to respect the Olympic Charter's ban on any kind of discrimination following its adoption of a law against gay "propaganda" that has sparked an international backlash.
But Rogge sidestepped a question on whether he was satisfied with the assurances the IOC received in a letter from Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak on Thursday saying Russia will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in February.
LOS ANGELES (AP) ESPN says it's ending its collaboration with public TV in an investigation of the NFL and players' head injuries.
ESPN said Friday its decision was based on a lack of editorial control over "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis," airing in October on PBS' "Frontline" public affairs series.
In an online statement, the producers of "Frontline" said they regretted ESPN's exit. The producers said the two-part "League of Denial" will air as scheduled on Oct. 8 and 15.
Both ESPN and the NFL denied a New York Times report that quotes unidentified sources saying the NFL had pressured ESPN to drop out of the project.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Kyle Busch celebrated yet another Bristol Motor Speedway win in Victory Lane.
He will be going for a Bristol sweep in Saturday night's Sprint Cup Series race. He won Wednesday night's Truck Series race and dominated Friday night's Nationwide Series race, starting from the pole and leading 228 of the 250 laps.
NEW YORK (AP) Dean Meminger, the former Marquette guard who played a reserve role on the New York Knicks' 1973 NBA championship team, was found dead Friday in a Manhattan hotel room. He was 65.
New York City police said staff at the Hamilton Heights Hotel found Meminger unconscious and unresponsive inside a room and emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead. Police said there were no signs of trauma and that the cause of death hadn't been determined. They said an investigation is ongoing.