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Tuesday
Jul282015

NFL Upholds Tom Brady’s Suspension over Deflategate Scandal

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The National Football League announced its decision Tuesday to uphold the punishment imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the scandal that has become known as “deflategate.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension, in large part, because investigators found he instructed his assistant to destroy his cellphone. It was the phone Brady used around the time of the AFC championship game, when the footballs he snapped were improperly inflated.

“The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs,” read a statement from the NFL on Tuesday.

The NFL said Brady arranged for the phone’s destruction even though he knew investigators wanted to see text messages he exchanged with locker room staff.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

White House Responds to Petition for Yogi Berra Medal of Freedom

NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As President Obama was traveling overseas, it seems the White House caught up on its homework and completed all outstanding responses to petitions on White House.gov.
 
One noteworthy petition called on the White House to consider awarding New York Yankees great Yogi Berra with the presidential medal of freedom for his military service and civil rights and educational activism. The petition was launched May 9 and received more than 111,000 signatures in a month.
 
On Tuesday, the White House finally responded, noting that while the award recipient is determined at the “sole discretion” of the president — Berra’s resume makes him deserving.
 
“[T]herefore our response to this petition cannot comment on whether any individual will receive the award in the future,” the response stated. “We can, however, say that throughout his career as a Hall-of-Fame catcher for the New York Yankees and beyond, Yogi Berra has done a lot more than hit and think at the same time.”
 
The White House then ticked off a number of Berra’s accomplishments beyond his hall of fame career before concluding in typical Yogi fashion:
 
“He's demonstrated many of the qualities of past Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, so — as he might say — it ain't over 'til it's over.”
 
Berra’s granddaughter, Lindsay Berra, reacted via Twitter positively to the White House’s response.
 
"@WhiteHouse response to #YogiMedal petition. Not a yes yet, but seems @BarackObama is thinking on it! #Yankees," she tweeted.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Report: Le’Veon Bell's Suspension Reduction Under Negotiation

George Gojkovich/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Le’Veon Bell could be playing ball sooner rather than later.

The National Football League and the NFL Players Association are negotiating to reduce the Pittsburgh Steelers running back’s suspension from three games to just one or two, sources told ESPN.

Along with the players’ union, attorneys for Bell argued at the time of Bell’s appeal that the league had taken punitive action under a new policy for a violation that occurred under the league’s old policy. The arbiter, at the time, told both sides to work on a resolution.

No formal hearing has taken place, but, ESPN reports, a deal may be reached and a reduction in Bell’s suspension could be announced within the next week.

Bell’s suspension in April stems from his arrest in August 2014 for DUI and marijuana possession. ESPN reports that Bell was stopped while driving to the airport ahead of a preseason game. He and his passenger, then-teammate LeGarrette Blount were both arrested.

Now playing for the New England Patriots, Blount was only suspended for the first game of the 2015 season after being charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. According to ESPN, Bell’s suspension was extended for an additional two games for the DUI charge.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Arizona Cardinals Make Jen Welter NFL's First Female Coach

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League now has its first female coach.

The Arizona Cardinals scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where the team was expected to introduce Jen Welter, who has been hired as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers, ESPN reports.

She is believed to be the first female coach in the NFL.

Welter, 37, became the first female coach in professional football in February when she joined the staff of the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League. A year before, she was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men's professional football league when she suited up for the Revolution as a running back.

“She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door,” said head coach Bruce Arians.

Welter's hire comes as women make small inroads into men's professional sports. Earlier this year, the NFL hired Sarah Thomas as its first full-time female referee. Last year, the San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, and she led the team to a championship as its summer league head coach this month.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Scoreboard Roundup -- 7/27/15

iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore 2, Atlanta 1, 11 Innings
Arizona 4, Seattle 3

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chicago White Sox 10, Boston 8
Tampa Bay 5, Detroit 2
Kansas City 9, Cleveland 4
N.Y. Yankees 6, Texas 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 4, Cincinnati 1
Chicago Cubs 9, Colorado 8
San Francisco 4, Milwaukee 2

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Tuesday
Jul282015

Jeff Gordon Disappointed in Indy Results

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Jeff Gordon's swan song at Indianapolis Motor Speedway did not go as well as he would've liked.

Gordon, a native of Indiana who's currently in his final season as a full-time Sprint Cup Series driver, finished 42 out of 43 Sunday in the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard. His No. 24 car had suffered damage in an accident 50 laps into the race, causing him to fall behind.

After the race, NASCAR.com reports, the four-time Cup champ said, "I feel like we showed up here with a car that had some speed in it. Then we didn't qualify very good and that was disappointing."

"Even though we weren't good at the start we made up some spots and I thought we were going to be in a position to make some gains," he added. "I don't know if we had a winning car or top-five car but I was looking forward to see what we did have."

Gordon has won the Brickyard 400 a record five times during his career.

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Monday
Jul272015

US Olympic Committee Pulls Boston Bid for 2024 Olympic Games

Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The 2024 Olympics may still be hosted in America, but they aren't going to be in Boston.

On Monday, the U.S. Olympic Committee pulled an offer for the 2024 Olympics to be hosted in Boston.

Many Boston residents were hesitant to support the bid from the start, a main reason for the committee's decision.

"We have not been able to get a majority of the citizens of Boston to support hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," said a statement from the USOC. "Therefore, the USOC does not think that the level of support enjoyed by Boston’s bid would allow it to prevail over great bids from Paris, Rome, Hamburg, Budapest or Toronto."

In a statement, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he was concerned how the high cost of the Olympics would affect the city.

"I strongly believe that bringing the Olympic Games back to the United States would be good for our country and would have brought long-term benefits to Boston," said Walsh in a statement. "However, no benefit is so great that it is worth handing over the financial future of our City and our citizens were rightly hesitant to be supportive as a result."

Hosting the Olympics in 2024 may be over for Boston, but what about 2028?

"I'm not really thinking about 2028 at this point," said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. "I'm more interested in taking some of the ideas out of the 2024 stuff."

The last Summer Olympic Games hosted in the U.S. were nearly twenty years ago in Atlanta.


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Monday
Jul272015

Arizona Cardinals Hires First Female Coach

Willard/iStock/ThinkStock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Taking another step toward incorporating women into male-dominated professional sports, the Arizona Cardinals Football Club announced Monday that they've hired a woman to be a coach intern.

A press release from the Arizona Cardinals Football Club states that Dr. Jen Welter "is believed to be the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL."

Dr. Welter will be a staff member of the Cardinals coaches during training camp and the preseason.

She is expected to be formally introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.

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Monday
Jul272015

Former NBA Star Gilbert Arenas Isn't Actually Banned from Orange County Fair

valio84sl/iStock/ThinkStock(COSTA MESA, Calif.) -- It's been several years since Gilbert Arenas has played in the NBA, but the basketball star had a seemingly unfair advantage when he went to play the basketball games at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, California.

The former Washington Wizards and Orlando Magic player wrote on Instagram Sunday: "We just got banned from all the basketball hoops at #orangecountyfair".

"every one screamed #theRimsarebent I screamed #hibachi ...#ArenasFamily #CountyFairRockstars" Arenas added, along with this hilarious photo of him surrounded by all his big winnings.

Despite Arenas' social media post, a rep for the Orange County Fair told ABC affiliate KABC that Arenas is not banned.

The fair has 15 basketball games and you are allowed to win 1 prize per game, per day, the spokesperson said. Arenas won all 15 that day.

Arenas is welcome to return any other day, the rep added -- he had just reached the limit for the day.

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Monday
Jul272015

Russian President Says FIFA President Deserves Nobel Prize

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says the embattled FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, deserves a Nobel Prize, according to the BBC.

Soccer's governing body, FIFA, is currently in a corruption crisis as an investigation is being held into the selection of Russia for the 2018 World Cup. Swiss authorities are also holding a separate criminal investigation.

A United States investigation indicted 14 people in corruption charges and seven FIFA officials were arrested.

Blatter stepped down from his position in early June following the arrests, but will remain in his office until a successor is appointed.

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