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Brady says NFL manufactured phone controversy with no evidence

Tom Brady said he’s disappointed his four-game suspension wasn’t overturned by National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell. The reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player also said the dispute about his destroyed cell phone was manufactured by the league to overshadow its lack of proof of his involvement in the New England Patriots’ deflated-ball controversy.

Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio deliver at Hall of Fame induction ceremony

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The reason the three of them were among the most successful pitchers of their era was that they could deliver something that no one expected. So it was only fitting that they did it on the day they were enshrined. John Smoltz wore a wig on his bald head, Randy Johnson spoke poignantly and the loquacious Pedro Martinez made the biggest splash by what he did, not by what he said.

Thousands attend ticker-tape parade for US women’s soccer team

NEW YORK — Streams of paper fell from the heavens, raining down on the U.S. women’s soccer team from the skyscrapers above like a barrage of goals as New York and a nation celebrated the team’s astonishing 2015 World Cup Championship run with a historic parade through the famed Canyon of Heroes — now and forever also the Canyon of Heroines.