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Roundup of MLB Trades

David Lee/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — After a glut of moves earlier in the week, Friday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline passed with a series of smaller deals.

The biggest name to be shipped out before the deadline was Yoenis Cespedes. The Detroit Tigers outfielder was sent to the New York Mets, who just days earlier saw a trade for outfielder Carlos Gomez fall apart at the last minute. The Mets will be Cespedes’ fourth team in the last two seasons.

Also on the move Friday, Philadelphia Phillies speedster Ben Revere. Sent to the Toronto Blue Jays to strengthen an already formidable lineup, Revere will join shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and ace David Price as the newest players north of the border.

The Milwaukee Brewers sent away a pair of players, dealing outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Baltimore Orioles and relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton to the St. Louis Cardinals.

See a list of deadline deals below:

Cincinnati Reds traded RHP Johnny Cueto and cash to Kansas City Royals for LHP Brandon Finnegan, LHP Cody Reed and LHP John Lamb.

Oakland Athletics traded RHP Tyler Clippard and cash to New York Mets for RHP Casey Meisner.

Boston Red Sox traded LF Shane Victorino and cash to Los Angeles Angels for 2B Josh Rutledge.

Philadelphia Phillies traded RHP Jonathan Papelbon and cash to Washington Nationals for RHP Nick Pivetta.

Colorado Rockies traded SS Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto Blue Jays for Jose Reyes, RHP Miguel Castro, RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Jesus Tinoco.

Oakland Athletics traded 2B Ben Zobrist and cash to Kansas City Royals for RHP Aaron Brooks and LHP Sean Manaea.

Tampa Bay Rays traded LF David DeJesus to Los Angeles Angels for RHP Eduar Lopez.

Cleveland Indians traded LF David Murphy to Los Angeles Angels for SS Eric Stamets.

Kansas City Royals traded RHP Joe Blanton to Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.

Cleveland Indians traded 1B Brandon Moss to St. Louis Cardinals for LHP Rob Kaminsky.

Detroit Tigers traded LHP David Price to Toronto Blue Jays for LHP Matt Boyd, LHP Daniel Norris and LHP Jairo Labourt.

Seattle Mariners traded LF Dustin Ackley to New York Yankees for RHP Jose Ramirez and LF Ramon Flores.

Cincinnati Reds traded RHP Mike Leake to San Francisco Giants for 1B Adam Duvall and RHP Keury Mella.

Miami Marlins traded RHP Mat Latos, 1B Michael Morse and cash to Los Angeles Dodgers for RHP Victor Araujo, RHP Jeff Brigham and RHP Kevin Guzman.

Atlanta Braves traded LHP Alex Wood, RHP Jim Johnson, LHP Luis Avilan, 2B Jose Peraza, RHP Bronson Arroyo and cash to Los Angeles Dodgers for 2B Hector Olivera, LHP Paco Rodriguez and RHP Zack Bird.

Milwaukee Brewers traded CF Carlos Gomez, RHP Mike Fiers and Other Considerations to Houston Astros for RHP Adrian Houser, OF Brett Phillips, RF Domingo Santana and LHP Josh Hader.

Detroit Tigers traded RHP Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh Pirates for SS JaCoby Jones.

Milwaukee Brewers traded RHP Jonathan Broxton and cash to St. Louis Cardinals for LF Malik Collymore.

Philadelphia Phillies traded LHP Cole Hamels, LHP Jake Diekman and cash to Texas Rangers for LHP Matt Harrison, C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jerad Eickhoff, OF Nick Williams, RHP Alec Asher and RHP Jake Thompson.

Milwaukee Brewers traded LF Gerardo Parra to Baltimore Orioles for RHP Zach Davies.

Seattle Mariners traded RHP Mark Lowe to Toronto Blue Jays for LHP Rob Rasmussen, LHP Jacob Brentz and LHP Nick Wells.

Tampa Bay Rays traded RHP Kevin Jepsen to Minnesota Twins for RHP Chih-Wei Hu and RHP Alexis Tapia.

Philadelphia Phillies traded LF Ben Revere and cash to Toronto Blue Jays for RHP Jimmy Cordero and RHP Alberto Tirado.

Toronto Blue Jays traded LHP Felix Doubront to Oakland Athletics for cash.

Miami Marlins traded RHP Dan Haren and cash to Chicago Cubs for RHP Ivan Pineyro and SS Elliot Soto.

Baltimore Orioles traded RHP Tommy Hunter to Chicago Cubs for RF Junior Lake.

Seattle Mariners traded LHP J.A. Happ to Pittsburgh Pirates for RHP Adrian Sampson.

San Diego Padres traded CF Abraham Almonte to Cleveland Indians for LHP Marc Rzepczynski.

Detroit Tigers traded LF Yoenis Cespedes to New York Mets for RHP Luis Cessa and RHP Michael Fulmer.

Miami Marlins traded RHP Sam Dyson to Texas Rangers for C Tomas Telis and LHP Cody Ege.

Oakland Athletics traded RHP Ryan Cook to Boston Red Sox for Player To Be Named Later.

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One of the Men Tied to International Soccer Scandal Pleads Not Guilty

PongsakornJun/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — One of the men charged with corruption tied to international soccer pleaded not guilty to the charges on Friday.

Alejandro Burzaco pleaded not guilty to a number of charges that accuse him of paying “bribes and kickbacks to obtain the media rights” to several soccer tournaments.

Prosecutors said Burzaco and others were part of a scheme to pay $110 million dollars in bribes to FIFA officials.

Burzaco is from Argentina and ran a sports media and marketing company that eventually won the rights to Copa America tournaments.

The judge has set bail at $20 million dollars.

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Sprint Cup Series Visits Pocono This Weekend

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — The Sprint Cup Series will race in Pennsylvania this weekend.

Pocono Raceway will host the Windows 10 400 on Sunday afternoon. NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick enters the weekend with a 69-point edge over Joey Logano atop the Sprint Cup points standings.

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Sprint Cup Series Visits Pocono This Weekend

Jerry Markland/Getty Images(LONG POND, Pa.) — The Sprint Cup Series will race in Pennsylvania this weekend.

Pocono Raceway will host the Windows 10 400 on Sunday afternoon. NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the event will begin at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Kevin Harvick enters the weekend with a 69-point edge over Joey Logano atop the Sprint Cup points standings.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/30/15

Detroit 9, Baltimore 8
Toronto 5, Kansas City 2
Boston 8, Chicago White Sox 2
Texas 7, N.Y. Yankees 6
Houston 3, L.A. Angels 0
Minnesota 9, Seattle 5
Cleveland 3, Oakland 1

San Diego 8, N.Y. Mets 7
Washington 1, Miami 0
Philadelphia 4, Atlanta 1
Cincinnati 15, Pittsburgh 5
St. Louis 9, Colorado 8
Chicago Cubs 5, Milwaukee 2

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One Day After Failed Trade, Carlos Gomez Dealt to Houston

Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Houston Astros bolstered their lineup in advance of the trade deadline on Thursday, acquiring Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez less than a day after a trade involving Gomez to the New York Mets fell through.

On Wednesday night, reports of a Gomez trade to the Big Apple, where he began his career, were silenced for unspecified reasons. Speculation that the Mets were concerned about issues with Gomez’ hip was brought to the outfielder’s attention Thursday.

Gomez noted that he’s missed very little time in recent weeks. “I have no problem,” he said, according to ESPN. “I’m playing and I feel really sexy.”

Gomez was sent, along with pitcher Mike Fiers, to Houston in exchange for four prospects.

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NASCAR Penalizes No. 98 Team for Indy Violation

Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — NASCAR has penalized Premium Motorsports’ No. 98 Ford team for a violation last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR says the car lost a piece of tungsten during a Friday practice, resulting in a violation for failure to properly attach weight.

Crew chief Scott Eggleston was suspended for one race and fined $25,000. Car chief Kevin Eagle was suspended for one race. Both were placed on probation through the rest of the year.

Team owner Mike Curb was docked 15 championship points in the car owner standings.

Timmy Hill drove the No. 98 car in last Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series race, the Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 7/29/15

Pittsburgh 10, Minnesota 4
Arizona 8, Seattle 2
Baltimore 2, Atlanta 0
Toronto 8, Philadelphia 2
L.A. Dodgers 10, Oakland 7


Detroit 2, Tampa Bay 1
Cleveland 12, Kansas City 1
Chicago White Sox 9, Boston 2
Texas 5, N.Y. Yankees 2
Houston 6, L.A. Angels 3

Chicago Cubs 3, Colorado 2
San Francisco 5, Milwaukee 0
San Diego 7, N.Y. Mets 3
Washington 7, Miami 2
Cincinnati 1, St. Louis 0

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Tom Brady’s Destroyed Smartphone: A Look at Where Those Texts Went

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The destruction of Tom Brady’s Samsung phone wouldn’t have been enough to immediately get rid of his text messages, however the window of time he waited to disclose to the NFL he destroyed the phone would have been enough time for all traces of his communication to disappear.

Brady’s destroyed smartphone turned out to be the latest smoking gun for NFL officials who on Tuesday upheld a four-game suspension against the New England Patriots quarterback for his alleged role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

NFL officials said Brady was aware they had requested access to his smartphone as part of their investigation. The phone was destroyed on or before March 6, according to officials, but its destruction was not disclosed until June 18.

Brady sent and received a total of 10,000 text messages on the now-destroyed Samsung device, according to the NFL. He said in a Facebook post Wednesday he has “never written, texted, emailed to anybody at anytime, anything related to football air pressure before this issue was raised at the AFC Championship game in January.”

“To suggest that I destroyed a phone to avoid giving the NFL information it requested is completely wrong,” Brady’s post stated.

If the device wasn’t completely destroyed, it could be possible to get those text messages using forensic software or by getting a subpoena, Mike Kessler, president of Kessler International, an investigative company specializing in forensics, said.

“If you destroy your phone, the carriers usually keep the messages for a short period of time, anywhere between 30 and 90 days. It depends on the carrier after that they are gone,” he said. “Normally though if you have the instrument and they are deleted off the instrument we can most times resurrect many of those messages.”

It’s unknown what carrier Brady used, but the window of time between the actual destruction of the phone and when the NFL found out meant the messages could no longer be recovered.

“Following the appeal hearing, Mr. Brady’s representatives provided a letter from his cellphone carrier confirming that the text messages sent from or received by the destroyed cellphone could no longer be recovered,” the NFL said in its appeal decision.

While the destruction of the phone may have appeared as an attempt to withhold potential evidence from investigators, Brady told the NFL it was common practice anytime he got a new phone.

“I replaced my broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 AFTER my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under ANY circumstances,” he wrote. “As a member of a union, I was under no obligation to set a new precedent going forward, nor was I made aware at any time during Mr. [Ted] Wells investigation, that failing to subject my cell phone to investigation would result in ANY discipline.”

The NFL Player’s Association said in a statement it would “appeal this outrageous decision on behalf of Tom Brady.”

“The fact that the NFL would resort to basing a suspension on a smoke screen of irrelevant text messages instead of admitting that they have all of the phone records they asked for is a new low, even for them, but it does nothing to correct their errors,” the NFLPA said.

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New England Patriots Owner Bob Kraft Defends Tom Brady

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft on Wednesday called the NFL’s investigation and decision to uphold quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension “extremely frustrating and disconcerting.”

Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was fined by the NFL.

“I was wrong to put my faith in the league,” Kraft said, adding that Brady “is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game both on and off the field.”

Brady responded earlier Wednesday to the NFL’s decision to uphold the four-game suspension in relation to the “Deflategate” scandal, saying he was “very disappointed.”

“I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either,” Brady said in a post to Facebook. “Despite submitting to hours of testimony over the past 6 months, it is disappointing that the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] upheld my suspension based upon a standard that it was ‘probable’ that I was ‘generally aware’ of misconduct.”

At the news conference Wednesday morning, Kraft said, “I continue to believe and unequivocally support Tom Brady” and called the league’s decision “unfathomable.”

“I have come to the conclusion that this was never about doing what was fair and just,” he added.

The investigation, led by attorney Ted Wells, stated it “is more than probable” that Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” involving the release of air from the Patriots’ footballs.

The NFL said Tuesday that it would uphold Brady’s four-game suspension, originally handed down in May.

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