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Aug 3, 2015

Athletics-Calls grow for global athletics probe after widespread doping alleged

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Global sporting bodies have called for a thorough probe of the latest doping allegations that have plunged athletics into crisis just weeks before track and field’s showpiece event, another black eye for sport after the FIFA corruption scandal.

The U.S. anti-doping agency said an “aggressive review” was needed to protect clean athletes after Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and Germany’s ARD/WDR broadcaster reported on Sunday they had obtained secret data from the global athletics governing body, the IAAF, supplied by a whistleblower disgusted by the extent of doping.

Aug 3, 2015

U.S. anti-doping chief unaware of Americans in damaging report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A “thorough and aggressive review” needs to be done to protect clean athletes from “gangsters” after a blockbuster report surfaced alleging widespread doping in athletics, the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Sunday.

Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper and Germany’s ARD/WDR broadcaster said they had obtained the secret data from the global athletics governing body, the IAAF, showing that endurance runners suspected of doping have been winning a third of Olympic and world championship medals.

Jul 31, 2015

NFL union urges quick Brady ruling, seeks to void suspension

By Steve Ginsburg and Jonathan Stempel

(Reuters) – The National Football League and its players
union asked a federal judge to decide by Sept. 4 whether to
uphold star New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s
four-game suspension, which could resolve the “Deflategate”
scandal before the regular season starts.

Friday’s request by the NFL Players Association on behalf of
Brady was a surprise. The union had been expected to ask U.S.
District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to delay any
suspension until he could rule on its merits.

Jul 31, 2015

NFL, union ask U.S. judge to decide on Brady suspension by Sept. 4

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The National Football League and its players union asked a U.S. judge on Friday to decide whether to uphold New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” case by Sept. 4, before the season begins.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in New York, who is overseeing litigation over the suspension, on Thursday urged the two sides to discuss a resolution and to cool down their rhetoric.

Jul 30, 2015

Deflategate judge tells NFL, players: Don’t argue. Settle.

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tom Brady’s effort to void
his four-game suspension was set back on Thursday as litigation
embroiling the New England Patriots star quarterback was sent to
a New York judge, who urged a speedy resolution to the
“Deflategate” scandal.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan ordered the
National Football League and NFL Players Association to begin
settlement talks “forthwith actively,” and cool their public
sniping.

Jul 30, 2015

NY federal judge to hear U.S. football star Brady’s appeal

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – A New York federal judge will hear American
football star Tom Brady’s appeal of his NFL four-game suspension
over the “Deflategate” scandal, after a judge on Thursday
transferred the case from Minnesota.

The National Football League players union filed the
petition in the midwestern state on Wednesday on behalf of
Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback and four-time Super
Bowl champion.

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.