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Jul 29, 2015

Brady blasts NFL ‘Deflategate’ suspension, denies wrongdoing

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Wednesday said he was “very disappointed” that the NFL upheld his four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” scandal and denied that he destroyed his cellphone to avoid giving it to investigators.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday upheld the four-game suspension the league handed to Brady for what it said was his role in a scheme to deflate the footballs in January’s AFC championship game that put the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

Jul 29, 2015

NFL upholds Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ suspension, saying he destroyed his phone

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.

Jul 28, 2015

NFL upholds Brady’s four-game suspension for role in ‘Deflategate’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday upheld the four-game suspension handed to quarterback Tom Brady for his role in a scheme to deflate the footballs in the conference championship game that put the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl.

Goodell said he affirmed the suspension in the scandal known as “Deflategate,” in part because of fresh revelations made during Brady’s 10-hour appeal on June 23 at NFL headquarters in New York.

Jul 10, 2015

Dallas Cowboys’ Hardy has his 10-game suspension cut to four: NFL

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy had his 10-game suspension for domestic violence reduced to four games, the National Football League announced on Friday.

Arbitrator Harold Henderson said in a statement he believed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “acted within his authority and properly exercised his discretion” in finding that Hardy violated the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.

Jul 9, 2015

Redskins name, Confederate flag both offensive, says woman battling NFL team’s trademark

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The woman at the center of a legal fight to have the Washington Redskins NFL team change its name equated the moniker with the Confederate battle flag on Thursday, saying both are overt symbols of racism that have no place in U.S. society.

Amanda Blackhorse, a member of the Navajo nation and lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to revoke trademark protection for the term “Washington Redskins,” said the name and the flag were “both offensive.”

Jul 8, 2015

NFL’s Redskins fail to restore voided trademarks

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National Football League’s Washington Redskins have lost an emotionally charged battle over whether the team’s name is an ethnic slur after a federal judge refused to reinstate six trademark registrations canceled last year for being offensive to Native Americans.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Lee in Alexandria, Virginia, said on Wednesday that he agreed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the trademarks might disparage Native Americans and that the law allowing for cancellation did not violate free speech rights of the U.S. Constitution.

Jul 7, 2015

Florida State University president backs decision to boot quarterback

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – Florida State University’s president said on Tuesday he fully supports head coach Jimbo Fisher’s decision to dismiss De’Andre Johnson from the football team after video surfaced showing the 19-year-old freshman quarterback punching a woman in a bar.

Fisher took the action on Monday night after prosecutors released the June 24 surveillance video taken inside a Tallahassee nightclub.

Jul 6, 2015

Football’s Carli Lloyd seen as marketing darling, analysts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Carli Lloyd has the personality and grit to become the next advertising sensation but the World Cup star should start aggressively hitting the market because of the limited interest in women’s football in the United States, analysts said on Monday.

Lloyd had three goals in the first 16 minutes to lead the Americans to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the finals of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jul 6, 2015

Soccer’s Carli Lloyd seen as marketing darling, analysts say

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Carli Lloyd has the personality and grit to become the next advertising sensation but the World Cup star should start aggressively hitting the market because of the limited interest in women’s soccer in the United States, analysts said on Monday.

Lloyd had three goals in the first 16 minutes to lead the Americans to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the finals of the Women’s World Cup on Sunday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Jul 6, 2015

Embattled Ray Rice still waiting for another shot at the NFL

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice is waging an unrelenting crusade to get back on the field nearly a year after being booted from the National Football League – along with his $35 million contract – over a heinous case of domestic abuse.

Videos of the 28-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler’s workouts have been sent to NFL teams, as Rice crosses his fingers that executives will give him a second chance.