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Goodell keeps ban, Brady destroyed phone

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NEW YORK (AP) The commissioner pointed to concealed evidence. The team described it as a folly. And the agent added sham to the lexicon of "Deflategate."

Then the players' union said it would take it all to court.

Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Nationals acquire Papelbon from Phillies

MIAMI (AP) The Washington Nationals have a new closer, landing All-Star Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies.

That means their newly demoted closer isn't happy. (MORE)

Yankees score 11 in 2nd, rip Texas 21-5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi figures he will never see another game like this one, especially after trailing 5-0 in the first inning.

The Yankees charged back in a hurry, with an 11-run second inning and 8 1-3 hitless innings of relief to overcome the Texas Rangers 21-5 on Tuesday night. (MORE)

Steelers RB Bell has ban cut to 2 games

PITTSBURGH (AP) Le'Veon Bell will head back to work a little earlier than the NFL originally planned.

The league reduced the suspension against the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back from three games to two on Tuesday, leaving him eligible to play when the Steelers travel to St. Louis on Sept. 27. (MORE)

Mets' Mejia suspended 162 more games

NEW YORK (AP) Just back from an 80-game drug suspension, New York Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia was banned for an additional 162 games Tuesday by Major League Baseball following a second positive test for performance-enhancing substances.

The right-hander was suspended April 11 after testing positive for Stanozolol and said in a statement then "I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system." (MORE)

 A's trade utilityman Zobrist to Royals

 Hamels won't pitch before deadline

 S Berry cleared after cancer treatment

 Mexico coach out after reporter's claim

 Jets DE Wilkerson to report amid dispute


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