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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 will 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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Tiger: I didn't think it would take this long (1:24)
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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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Bird: Jordan would kill me in one-on-one right now (4:28)
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Top vegan ballparks (4:44)
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Phil on Kobe: 'Quite often I could feel his hatred' (6:31)
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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'
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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."

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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
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"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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Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

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.

Finding a good rhythm

Mokhinabohu Tulaganova participates in the Rythmic Gymnastics competition at the John Wooden Center in L.A.

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Beamer: Irish should join conference
College Football 

"I don't think any program should be treated differently," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "Notre Dame is a great school, but we all need to be in the same boat (having to play a conference championship game) as far as the playoff." ACC coaches agree

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Marlins activate Dee Gordon from DL

Miami's 2B, who had been sidelined since July 11 with a thumb injury, will bat leadoff against the Nationals on Tuesday. Gordon is batting .338 this season with 33 stolen bases.

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Action filed by NFL in Manhattan court seeks to confirm suspension by arguing, as expected, that Brady is bound by agreed to CBA

Brady's agent: Appeal process 'a sham'

In a statement, Don Yee said, in part: Roger Goodell's decision "has no precedent in all of NFL history. His decision alters the competitive balance of the upcoming season. The decision is wrong and has no basis, and it diminishes the integrity of the game."

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NFL gets to court first
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The NFL has already filed a suit in New York City to uphold Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, according to Bloomberg News. An NFLPA source told ESPN's Adam Schefter the filing is "no big deal."

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Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Brady's agent: "The extent to which Tom opened up his private life to the Commissioner will become clear in the coming days."

Deflategate timeline

This all began way, way back on Jan. 18. In the six months since the first accusations were revealed, there have been numerous updates -- and it's not over yet. How we got here

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The renaissance of Alex Rodriguez
MLB 

A-Rod's 24 home runs this season are already the most he's had since 2010, and his slugging percentage is his best since 2008.

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