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Brady's 4-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld Tom Brady's four-game suspension for Deflategate, citing in part new information that the star QB directed his cellphone be destroyed.

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Nationals near deal for Papelbon, sources say

The Philadelphia Phillies and Nationals are at the finish line on a deal that would send Jonathan Papelbon to Washington in exchange for a minor league pitcher, sources say.

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PGA Tour player: Father missing for nine days

Billy Hurley III is playing this week's Quicken Loans National while enduring a family crisis -- his father, Willard Hurley Jr., has been missing for the past nine days.

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Hall of Fame debate: Keith Tkachuk

Keith Tkachuk was part of a legendary group that earned U.S. hockey a permanent place on the international map, but is he Hall of Fame worthy?

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Jenrry Mejia suspended 162 games

The Mets reliever already served an 80-game suspension earlier this season for a PED violation. According to MLB, Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol and Boldenone.

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Tom Brady faces 'uphill battle'
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ESPN's Roger Cossack: "The NFL is pretty darn sure of its position. They know there is going to be an appeal in court. They have very good lawyers on staff. They are in agreement they will win this."

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Saints place 3 on PUP list before camp

The Saints placed safety Jairus Byrd, DT Glenn Foster and WR Marques Colston on the physically unable to perform list today. Second-year CB Brian Dixon was also placed on the non-football injury list as training camp starts Wednesday.

Even athletes get hungry at red lights
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A's closer Sean Doolittle's car has a feature that you don't always see in showroom vehicles ... a secret burrito compartment. It is as awesome as you expect.

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Games Tom Brady will miss
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  • Week 1: Sept. 10 vs. Pittsburgh
  • Week 2: Sept. 20 at Buffalo
  • Week 3: Sept. 27 vs. Jacksonville
  • Week 5: Oct. 11 at Dallas
Patriots' full schedule

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Patriots' statement on Brady appeal

"We are extremely disappointed in today's ruling by Commissioner Goodell. We cannot comprehend the league's position in this matter. ... We continue to unequivocally believe in and support Tom Brady. We also believe that the laws of science continue to underscore the folly of this entire ordeal. Given all of this, it is incomprehensible as to why the league is attempting to destroy the reputation of one of its greatest players and representatives."

Quick hits about Tom Brady suspension

  • Can participate in training camp and preseason games
  • Will lose about $2M in salary
  • String of 13 consecutive season-opening starts for the Patriots will be snapped

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Keith Law: Rockies' rebuild has begun
MLB 

“Adding pitching through the draft and trades like this one seem to be the only way the Rockies can build a pitching staff ... and I would expect this to be the beginning of a plan to stockpile arms heading into next year.” And the Jays? (Insider)

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Hyde on non-football injury list

The 49ers put Carlos Hyde, expected to become the lead RB for San Francisco after Frank Gore left, will start training camp on the Active/Non-Football Injury List. Coach Jim Tomsula said Hyde's absence is "nothing serious" now, though it was believed to be a calf issue.

A-Rod on par with Bonds, Aaron
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With a homer on his 40th birthday Monday, Alex Rodriguez is on pace for 40 HRs. The only players to hit 40 HRs in a season at 39 years old or older are Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron.

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Clippard on Nats: 'They're beatable'

New Mets reliever Tyler Clippard isn't ready to crown the Nats division champs just yet: "There's no perfect team in baseball right now. Everybody can go on skids. ... Obviously they've battled the injury bug this year. I think they're getting a couple of guys back today (Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman). But you never know."

Michael Sam's CFL debut approaching
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Montreal Alouettes coach Tom Higgins says the DE could play in any of the team's five games in August. Higgins said Sam "is getting so much closer to being able to play. He wants to go, and I think it's going to happen sooner than later."

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Not a lot of QBs in New England
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The Patriots have used a league-low 2 different starting QBs since Tom Brady made his first career start (2001, Week 3). Matt Cassel started 15 games in 2008 after Brady tore his ACL in Week 1. In contrast, the Browns have used an NFL-high 19 different starting QBs since Brady made his first career start.

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Patriots lacking QB depth
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Tom Brady is entering his 16th NFL season, while Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Flynn have a total of 8 years experience and 384 career passes combined. Brady has the 6th-most pass attempts in NFL history with 7,168.

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Nothing quick to Tiger's turnaround
Golf 

"At various times, Woods sounds like a guy who deep down realizes he isn't going to snap his fingers and start beating upstarts he's never heard of, let alone play to the unfathomable standards he set," Bob Harig writes. Surgery, swing 'a perfect storm'

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Pujols sits one HR away from 30, history
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Albert Pujols is on the verge of his 13th career 30-HR season (and first since 2012). Once Pujols hits his 30th, he'll be tied for the fourth-most 30-homer seasons in MLB history.

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Reds examining offers for Aroldis Chapman. No sense yet of whether they're devoted to finishing a deal the way they did with Cueto.

Brunell: Phone news 'damning' to Brady
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In light of the NFL claiming the QB destroyed his cell phone, Mark Brunell said: "It's one thing to withhold your phone, not want to give up information. But to intentionally, deliberately destroy your phone that has relevant information? That is very damning."

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Nats' lineup gets a boost

Ryan Zimmerman (15-day DL) and Jayson Werth (60-day DL) will make their return tonight against the Marlins. To make room, the Nationals optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse and outrighted infielder Emmanuel Burriss to Triple-A Syracuse.