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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A group that advocates to end violence against women says Ray Rice, the former Ravens running back who was caught on video punching his then-fiancee in an elevator, deserves another chance.
The founders of A Call to Men, a national anti-violence group, have worked with Rice since November and believe he deserves to play in the NFL again, ESPN reports.
“We have been around a lot of abusive men, but our experience with Ray has been tremendously positive," Tony Porter of A Call to Men said, according to ESPN. "We feel strongly about him having the opportunity of having a second chance. He's deserving of it."
Porter’s A Call to Men co-founder, Ted Bunch, said Rice is “seeing the bigger picture,” and has “held himself accountable.” Though Rice does want to compete again, he’d also like to “make a difference in the world,” reports ESPN.
As of yet, there’s been discussion of bringing Rice back to the league, but no actual plans have been confirmed.
Phil Ellsworth/ESPN(CLEVELAND) — The Portland Trail Blazers struck a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to get Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood. The deal will expand options and save luxury-tax money for the Cavs, sources told ESPN.
ESPN reports the Blazers could cut Haywood and arrange a buyout with Miller to receive two future second-round picks from the Cavs.
The deal will also mean cash for the Cavaliers, who will make two trade exceptions, one for $2.94 million and another for $10.5 million — the largest trade exception in the league.