Braun's suspension overturned
National League MVP Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das, the first time a baseball player successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance.
Braun's urine tested positive in October for elevated testosterone, and ESPN revealed the positive test in December. MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred said management "vehemently disagrees" with Das' decision. During the hearing, Braun's side challenged the chain of custody from the time the urine sample was collected by Comprehensive Drug Testing Inc. to when it was sent, nearly 48 hours later, to a World Anti-Doping Agency-certified laboratory in Montreal, two people familiar with the case said.
Locals move on at U.S. Open
Five Western New York bowlers are onto the next stage in the 69th U.S. Open bowling championship at Brunswick Zone-Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J.
Jack Jurek of Lackawanna leads the locals in eighth place through the initial 18-game qualifying block, with 3,850 total pinfall. Also making the top 98, who advance for nine more games of qualifying today, are: Joe Ciccone (18th, 3,776), Ryan Ciminelli (45th, 3,665), Brad Angelo (68th, 3,595) and John Szczerbinski (86th, 3,562). Former Buffalo resident Tom Baker also made the cut in 40th with 3,676.
The field will be narrowed to the top 24 after today's qualifying. Play will then proceed in two round-robin match-play rounds tonight and Saturday. The four-bowler stepladder final will be Sunday (ESPN, 3 p.m.).
Niagara, Canisius back in action
The Niagara men's basketball team, which has won three straight conference games, returns to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play when it visits Saint Peter's tonight at 8. Niagara's women's basketball team plays the third game of a four-game homestand against Siena tonight at 7 at the Gallagher Center.
The Canisius men's team starts the final weekend of the regular season tonight at 7 when it plays at Manhattan, while the Griffs' women conclude their regular season with two home games this weekend, starting with tonight's game against Manhattan at 7.
From News Staff and wire service reports