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Roger Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension

NFL Commissioner Goodell upholds Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, citing destroyed cellphone
Barry Wilner, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 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.

Busy day off the field as Jays lose 3-2

Blue Jays' close 3-2 loss to Phillies overshadowed by off-field events
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A close loss by the Toronto Blue Jays was overshadowed by events off the field on Tuesday.

Second baseman Devon Travis and right-fielder Jose Bautista both left the game as Toronto fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2, hours after shortstop Jose Reyes and three Blue Jays pitchers were traded to the Colorado Rockies for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

Breaking Lucky wins Prince of Wales race

Breaking Lucky holds off Shaman Ghost to win Prince of Wales Stakes race
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

FORT ERIE, Ont. - Breaking Lucky proved to be a bad omen to Shaman Ghost's Triple Crown aspirations Tuesday night.

The 13/1 longshot came from last to edge the Queen's Plate winner by a neck in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack. Breaking Lucky's victory leaves Wando (2003) as the last Canadian Triple Crown champion.

Jays acquire Tulowitzki, send Reyes to Rockies

Anthopoulos: Tulowitzki too good to pass up, even at the expense of prospects
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos couldn't miss the chance to get one of the top shortstops in baseball, even at the cost of more prospects.

Anthopoulos acquired shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins in a trade with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes, reliever Miguel Castro and minor-league pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco.

Sam to make CFL debut some time in August

Michael Sam to make CFL debut for Alouettes some time in August
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Michael Sam's CFL debut is getting closer, but Montreal Alouettes coach Tom Higgins won't say exactly when it will be.

Some time in August, perhaps as early as Saturday in Calgary, the defensive end who gained fame as the first active pro football player who is openly gay will get into a game.

"He's going to see the field in August, but we have five games in August, four on the road," Higgins said Tuesday. "He is getting so much closer to being able to play.

Toronto's Bradley to skip MLS all-star game

Toronto FC's Michael Bradley to skip MLS all-star game due to calf injury
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Toronto FC captain Michael Bradley is skipping Wednesday's MLS all-star game because of a calf problem.

Bradley, who is coming off a six-game Gold Cup campaign with the U.S., was scheduled to undergo a scan Tuesday.

"We're hoping that's it a contusion (not a tear), of course," said Toronto coach Greg Vanney. "But he's having some discomfort in the calf and some swelling in there. We're going to get a scan today and we're going to get him some necessary rest over the course of this week and hope that he can get ready for the weekend."

French Connection grows at Toronto FC

Toronto FC looks to Moroccan centre-back to help communicate on defence
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - A former defender himself, Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney is a big believer in communication on the backline.

And in newly signed centre back Ahmed Kantari, Vanney has a man of many tongues. The 30-year-old Kantari speaks French, English, Spanish and Moroccan Arabic.

Kantari is the latest member of Toronto FC's French Connection. Born in France, he plays internationally for Morocco thanks to his parents' bloodlines.

Canucks acquire Sutter from Penguins

Vancouver Canucks acquire Brandon Sutter from Pittsburgh Penguins
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Willie Desjardins was part of the reason Brandon Sutter never made it to the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Now the pair will be working together to get the Vancouver Canucks back to the NHL post-season.

The club acquired Sutter and a third-round pick in 2016 from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday in a deal that sent fellow centre Nick Bonino, minor-league defenceman Adam Clendening and a second-round selection next year the other way.

Pan Am cleanup involves hauling tonnes of sand

Pan Am cleanup involves hauling 3,000 tonnes of sand to North Bay, Ont.
Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Cleaning up after the Pan Am Games means dismantling bleachers, tearing down stages — and finding a new home for about 3,000 metric tonnes of sand.

When Games organizers built five beach volleyball courts in a downtown Toronto parking lot, they brought in about 80 truckloads of sand from Muskoka, Ont., especially configured for the sport, their supplier said.

63 per cent of Canadians watched Pan Ams: CBC

Nearly two thirds of Canadians watched at least some Pan Am Games coverage: CBC
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - New data show nearly two-thirds of Canadians tuned in to televised coverage of the Pan Am Games, with an average audience of almost 2.2 million watching Sunday's closing ceremony.

Numbers released by the CBC, the official broadcaster for the Games, show more than 22 million Canadians, about 63 per cent, watched at least some coverage of the international competition between July 10 and 26.

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