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.
Richard "Dick" Trickle died Thursday at the age of 71. His body was discovered next to his pickup truck at a cemetery in Lincoln County, North Carolina, after the longtime NASCAR and short-track driver shot himself, according to police.
UPDATE 2:25 p.m. EST: The suspects' names are Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev and Robel Phillipos. From The Boston Globe:
Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both 19 and of New Bedford, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by plotting to dispose of a laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks belonging to bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.
Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge was charged with making false statements to law enforcement officials in a terorism investigation, prosecutors said. 12:10 p.m. EST: According to Boston.com, the three suspects went to school at UMass-Dartmouth with Dzhokar Tsarnaev and may have helped him in the days immediately following the bombing, which was on April 15. Two of the suspects have been charged with overstaying their student visas.
The Boston Police Department announced that it has taken into custody three new suspects as a result of its ongoing investigation into the Boston Marathon bombing.
12:45 p.m. (EST): FBI spokesman Paul Bresson has confirmed that the substance found in the letter to the president was ricin.
The Secret Service says that a letter containing a suspicious substance and addressed to President Obama was received on Tuesday at a White House mail facility. This comes just after a letter sent to Senator Roger Wicker (R.-Miss.) was found to contain the poison ricin.
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