- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Tom Brady denied under oath to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that he tampered with footballs before the AFC title game, and investigator Ted Wells said in a transcript that he never warned the New England Patriots quarterback he would be punished if he didn’t turn over his cellphone.

In a 457-page transcript released on Tuesday, Brady maintained his innocence in the NFL scandal known as “Deflategate.” He denied discussing air level with the ballboys or even thinking about how inflated the footballs were when he selected them. He also said he’s never asked anyone from the Patriots to tamper with footballs.

Brady was suspended four games and the team was docked $1 million and two draft picks after a NFL-sanctioned investigation by Wells found the Patriots supplied improperly inflated footballs for the conference championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, which New England won 45-7.

Brady appealed the punishment. Goodell decided to hear the appeal himself and upheld the penalty. Both sides went to federal court, and U.S. District Judge Richard Berman told the sides to work out a settlement. To encourage them, he ordered both Brady and Goodell to appear in court in person during the NFL preseason.


The National Hockey League is passing its digital puck to Major League Baseball in an unusual sports partnership.

Major League Baseball will distribute the hockey league’s Internet streaming service and run the NHL’s cable-television network as part of an alliance announced Tuesday.

Terms of six-year contact between the two sports leagues weren’t announced.

The deal entrusts the baseball league with the NHL GameCenter app that allows fans to watch most hockey games live on smartphones, tablets and other Internet-connected devices. Annual subscriptions to the NHL app typically have cost $160, though the pricing for the upcoming year wasn’t announced Tuesday.

Major League Baseball is taking over the app rights from NeuLion in January. The NHL’s cable-TV network will operate from the Secaucus, New Jersey, headquarters of the MLB network.

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto pitcher Aaron Sanchez was suspended for three games and manager John Gibbons for one for their roles in Sunday’s brawling game between the Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals.

Major League Baseball on Tuesday also fined Sanchez an undisclosed sum for intentionally throwing at Alcides Escobar with warnings in place during the top of the eighth inning of Toronto’s 7-6 win. Sanchez contends his pitch just got away.

Gibbons was to miss Monday night’s home game against Minnesota. He was disciplined for coming back on the field when the benches cleared following Sanchez’s pitch. Gibbons already had been ejected in the seventh inning.

Sanchez’s suspension was to start Monday night. If he appeals, his penalties will be held until the matter is settled.

Sanchez was ejected by umpire Jim Wolf, who had put a warning in place in the first inning when Royals starter Edison Volquez hit Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson.

BOSTON (AP) - Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh wants to ban chewing tobacco in sports venues across the city.

The mayor is expected to discuss a proposed new ordinance Wednesday morning at a city park. Public health officials, advocates, local youth and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling are expected to attend.

Schilling, now an ESPN analyst, revealed earlier this year he was diagnosed and treated for mouth cancer. He believes chewing tobacco was the cause.

Walsh plans to officially file the ordinance with the City Council Monday.

The proposal would cover professional, collegiate, high school and organized amateur sporting events. It would be effective in next April. Violators would be subject to a $250 fine.

San Francisco became the first U.S. city to outlaw chewing tobacco from its playing fields in May.


TOKYO (AP) - Japanese designer Kenjiro Sano has refuted claims he copied the emblem of a Belgian theater when he designed the official logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Sano said his design is original and that he never saw the emblem for the Theatre de Liege before creating his logo.

Sano said his geometric design uses a widely available font for the letter “T,” while the red circle in the logo was inspired by designer Yusaku Kamekura’s emblem for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Sano maintained that any similarity to the Belgian design was coincidental and said he was saddened and shocked by claims he plagiarized.

Tokyo organizers said they researched trademarks inside and outside of Japan before deciding on the logo.

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