Friday's Morning Mashup: Suspended Ryan Braun calls Brewers fans to apologize

September 06, 2013 - 4:07 am

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FRIDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN, MLB Network; WEEI-FM) MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN) MLB: Dodgers at Reds, 7:05 p.m. (MLB) College football: Wake Forest at Boston College, 8 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI-AM) College football: Central Florida at Florida International, 8 p.m. (CBSSN) Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Costa Rica vs. United States, 10 p.m. (BelN) Soccer: World Cup qualifying, England vs. Moldova, 3 p.m. (FS1) Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Colombia vs. Ecuador, 4:20 p.m. (BelN) Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Paraguay vs. Bolivia, 6:25 p.m. (BelN) Soccer: World Cup qualifying, Mexico vs. Honduras, 9:15 p.m. (ESPNews) WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Tulsa Shock, 8 p.m. (NBA TV) Tennis: U.S. Open, 12:30 p.m. (CBS) AROUND THE WEB: '€¢ Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun, suspended for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, knows he has a long way to go to win back the fans. So, he's going one at a time. Braun, who issued a statement last month but has not made a public apology in person, has been calling season ticket-holders to ask for their forgiveness. Pat Guenther, owner of Kelly's Bleachers sports bar and a 20-year season ticket-holder, received one of the calls and said he could tell from the voice it was Braun and not someone playing a joke. Recalled Guenther in an interview with Milwaukee's CBS-58 News: "He said, 'I messed up,' in a nutshell, 'I messed up. I just want to reach out and say I'm sorry.' "I cut him off right there. I said, 'You know, Ryan, I think you're an amazing athlete and this speaks volumes to your character to reach out to a small business owner like myself and let us know that you are going to do better.' " Added Guenther: "He was very humble on the phone. He wanted to reach out, and for him to do this is an act of kindness. He wants the people of Wisconsin to support the Brewers and him." Not everyone is ready to give Braun another chance. On Thursday, the restaurant group SURG announced it is ending its business relationship with the player, with plans to close the Milwaukee restaurant that once included his name. Guenther is more forgiving of Braun. "Who hasn't made a mistake?" he said. "People move forward. I think that's what Ryan is trying to do. He's moving forward. He has no other option. Be better, help his ball club win games and win the hearts of Brewers fans like he has for many, many years." '€¢ The Bruins are still hurting from their six-game loss to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals, but at least they made it that far. The Penguins, expected to win the Eastern Conference, are still in shock months after being swept by the Bruins. "It stung," captain Sidney Crosby said, via ESPN.com. "It was one of those ones that definitely took a while to wear off. Looking back, probably right until Chicago won, it was pretty tough to go a day without it crossing your mind when you'€™re seeing the finals going on. I didn'€™t watch a game until Game 6. I tried not to think about it too much, but it did pass through my mind. I think until I started working out and started to get ready for this year, it was tough to turn the page there." Added Crosby: "Ultimately in the playoffs, we didn'€™t get those big plays against Boston and they did a better job of that,. I look at myself in the mirror for that, having those opportunities and having [Tuukka] Rask make those big saves, you want those chances back and you want to put them in. But you have to make sure you learn from it." Evgeni Malkin, who signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension in the offseason, had no explanation for Pittsburgh's scoring drought in the series. "I agree with Sid. It'€™s tougher loss for my career, too," he said. "Four games and we score just two goals. I think we have best offensive line in NHL last year but we score just two goals. I don'€™t know if it'€™s bad luck or Boston played very well. But I just try to not remember that again, just look forward, look positive and look new season." '€¢ Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who took a leave of absence during training camp after video surfaced of him using a racial slur at a concert, got into a fight with hotheaded teammate Cary Williams at practice Thursday, but Cooper said it was not related to last month's controversy. Cooper was being defended aggressively by Williams during a drill when the two hit the ground together. Cooper pushed Williams as they got up, and the two traded shoves and grabs before teammates attempted to restrain an angry Williams as Cooper walked away. "Being super competitive, going for the ball," Cooper explained. "We had a tangle-up at the ball, we both went to the ground. There was a lot of contact at the top of the route. It was nothing." Williams, who got into a fight with the Patriots when the teams practiced together last month prior to their preseason game and was kicked out of that practice, declined to comment. Quarterback Michael Vick was one of the players who stepped in to try to calm Williams on Thursday, but the DB was not very receptive. Said Vick: "Our maturity level has to be on a whole different plane. Regardless of who the catalyst was for the whole fight, that doesn't matter. We have to be men. We're not guys who are out on the street, fighting one another. We're teammates. It's game week. We don't have time for that. I don't. It's a distraction." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 6, 1964, the Red Sox gave up on which locally born pitcher who would go on to become a three-time All-Star, selling him the Pirates? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Just a character win, a team win." -- Red Sox manager John Farrell, following Thursday's 9-8 victory in 10 innings over the Yankees that came after the Sox blew a five-run lead but came back to tie the game off closer Mariano Rivera STAT OF THE DAY: 7 -- Touchdown passes thrown by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in Thursday's 49-27 victory over the Ravens, tying an NFL record 'NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A sixth-grade running back from Tennessee hurdles a defender en route to a 44-yard touchdown run. TRIVIA ANSWER: Belmont's Wilbur Wood, who was an All-Star with the White Sox in 1971, '72 and '74 SOOTHING SOUNDS: Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries was born on this day in 1971.

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