Brewers' Braun Suspended For Rest Of Season

Major League Baseball is suspending Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun for the rest of the season without pay. The penalty comes as a result of violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Braun is one of the players that has been linked to the Biogenesis clinic in Florida accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Braun issued a statement saying, "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions." The former National League MVP is batting .298 with nine home runs and 38 RBI this season. Braun was initially facing a 50-game suspension for a failed drug test in October 2011, but it was overturned in February 2012 by an independent arbitrator who ruled his test sample had been improperly handled. At the time, Braun stated that he was a victim of a system that failed and that the truth was on his side. The 29-year-old slugger now says he apologizes to the fans, the Brewers organization and his teammates, and is glad to have the matter behind him once and for all. A five-time All-Star, Braun is in the midst of a long-term contract that runs through 2020. He is due to make 14-million-dollars next season.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Rams veterans are due to report to Earth City today for the start of training camp. Rookies arrived at the Russell Athletic Training Facility on Monday. The team will hold its first official practice on Friday. The Rams will kick off the preseason slate August 14th on the road at Oakland.