Reporting prep results
Coaches and statisticians are encouraged to report prep results via email (email@example.com), fax (330-747-6712) or phone (330-747-1478). Emails and faxes are strongly preferred.
Poland High School is selling presale tickets for its football home opener against Marlington. Cost is $4 for students, $6 for adults. They can also be purchased at Trolio’s T-shirts. Call 330-747-7021.
Braun finally admits using PEDs in 2011
A month after acknowledging he made “mistakes,” Ryan Braun admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.
The suspended Milwaukee slugger said in a statement released Thursday by the Brewers that he took a cream and a lozenge containing banned substances while rehabilitating an injury.
“It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately,” Braun said.
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.
Last month he accepted a 65-game suspension resulting from Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic.
NFL fines RG3 for T-shirt
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for wearing unauthorized apparel, a T-shirt with “Operation Patience” on it.
Griffin, recovering from a knee injury and yet to play in the preseason, wore the shirt on the field before Washington’s exhibition game Monday night against Pittsburgh. NFL spokesman Randall Liu confirmed the fine on Thursday.
All gear worn on game days must be approved by the league.
Griffin drew a $10,000 fine last year when he wore unauthorized material to a postgame news conference.
Miami PD to discipline officer who gave escort
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.
Murray could meet Djokovic in semis
Defending champion Andy Murray could face top-seeded Novak Djokovic only in the semifinals at the U.S. Open, while Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — who have never played each other at Flushing Meadows — might meet in the quarterfinals.
Murray earned his first Grand Slam championship by beating Djokovic in the 2012 U.S. Open final, then added a second by beating the No. 1-ranked Serb in the Wimbledon title match last month.
Play begins Monday.
In addition to No. 2 Nadal against No. 7 Federer, a 17-time major champion who has his lowest seeding at the U.S. Open since he was 13th in 2002, the other possible men’s quarterfinals are 2011 champion Djokovic vs. 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 3 Murray vs. No. 5 Tomas Berdych, and No. 4 David Ferrer vs. No. 8 Richard Gasquet.
Vindicator staff/wire reports