The New England Patriots accused the NFL of "attempting to destroy" the reputation of Tom Brady on Tuesday after league commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the superstar quarterback's four-game "Deflate-gate" ban. "We are extremely disappointed in today's ruling by Commissioner Goodell," the Patriots said in a strongly worded statement. "We also believe that the laws of science continue to underscore the folly of this entire ordeal," said the statement from the team that has insisted the underinflated balls used by Brady and his team-mates during their AFC championship game win over Indianapolis could have been the result of a natural loss of air pressure.
(Reuters) - PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III made an emotional appeal on Tuesday for help in tracking down his father who went missing on July 19. Speaking ahead of this week's Quicken Loans National in his home state of Virginia, Hurley fought back tears as he told reporters that his father, Willard Hurley Jr., drove off in a truck with some clothes and cash and has not been seen since. "No one really knows why," said Hurley, whose father is a retired police officer.
(Reuters) - New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended for 162 games after testing positive for banned substances a second time, Major League Baseball said on Tuesday. The ban is one of the longest suspensions in baseball, matching the penalty handed New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez in 2013. Mejia’s suspension is effective immediately and is equivalent to an entire regular season.
By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday upheld a four-game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in deflating footballs used in the game that put the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl, saying for the first time that the star quarterback had his phone destroyed to keep it out of hands of investigators. In the latest turn in the scandal, known as "Deflategate," Goodell said he affirmed the suspension in part because of the new revelation that Brady made "a deliberate effort" to keep investigators from reading text messages stored on the device.
Tom Brady's four-match ban over the "Deflate-gate" scandal was upheld on Tuesday as it emerged the New England Patriots star had ordered the destruction of a cellphone containing potentially crucial evidence. In a bombshell ruling which followed speculation that Brady's ban would be slashed or even cancelled, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell said the original punishment would stand. Brady, one of the most high-profile athletes in American sport, had been suspended in May after an inquiry found he was at least "generally aware" of a plot by Patriots staff to tamper with the air pressure of balls used during the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts earlier this year.
(Reuters) - The Arizona Cardinals were being hailed as groundbreakers on Tuesday after hiring the National Football League's first female coach. The Cardinals on Monday hired Jen Welter, a 37-year-old former pro football player, to be a coaching intern during training camp this year, working with inside linebackers. Football fans took to Twitter to express their sentiments about Welter's hiring.
(Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays swapped All-Star shortstops with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, acquiring Troy Tulowitzki while shipping Jose Reyes to Colorado in a blockbuster, multi-player trade. Five-time All-Star Tulowitzki and veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins went to the Blue Jays in exchange for Reyes and minor league pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco before Friday's non-waiver deadline.