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NFL upholds Tom Brady suspension over 'deflategate'

The NFL has upheld the four-game suspension against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over "deflategate".

Tom Brady Credit: PA

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that Brady's mobile phone had been destroyed before meeting with investigators in the scandal.

The use of under-inflated footballs in last season's AFC Championship game put the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

As well as Brady's ban, the club was fined $1 million over the controversy.

The star player could now take the case to federal court in a bid to overturn to the suspension.


Aston Villa sign Spanish defender Crespo

Jose Angel Crespo, right, has plenty of experience in Spain. Credit: Reuters

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Cordoba defender Jose Angel Crespo.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Villa Park and joins for an undisclosed fee.

Crespo becomes Tim Sherwood's seventh signing of the summer after completing a medical but is unlikely to feature in their friendly at Wolves on Tuesday.

Arsenal responds to Mourinho over spending

Arsene Wenger has rejected claims from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that Arsenal have abandoned their cautious transfer approach.

Chelsea manager Mourinho has suggested totting up Arsenal's spending in the last two years leads to a "surprise", resuming his sparring with Gunners boss Wenger.

Mourinho has labelled Arsenal as genuine contenders for this year's Premier League title, before the two teams clash in the Community Shield on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger has stuck to his guns. Credit: PA

Wenger responded by insisting Arsenal spend within their means, and will not fret too much about outside opinions.

"We spend when we think we have to spend and do not listen too much to what people think or say," said Wenger.

"We just try to make the right decisions. When we have the money available, we spend it. When we don't have the money, we don't spend the money we haven't got."

Ennis-Hill named in World Championship squad

Jessica Ennis-Hill impressed over the weekend. Credit: PA

Jessica Ennis-Hill will compete in her first major championship since London 2012 after deciding to go to the World Championships in Beijing next month.

The Olympic heptathlon champion passed the acid test of her fitness at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games last weekend with flying colours, recording her best performances since the Olympics in the 100 metres hurdles, long jump and 200m.


Liverpool defender set to join Norwich on loan

Newly-promoted Norwich have agreed a loan deal for Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom.

The 22-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract with the Reds in May, is likely to complete the move in the next couple of days.

Andre Wisdom is used to going out on loan. Credit: PA

The Canaries will pay a loan fee of £1.25million for the England Under-21 defender, who can operate as a full-back or in the centre.

Wisdom spent last season on loan at West Brom, having previously impressed in the Sky Bet Championship for Derby in a temporary spell the previous campaign.

Finn in line to replace Wood for Third Test

Steven Finn could get a Test recall. Credit: PA

England seamer Steven Finn could be set for a Test recall, with Mark Wood a doubt for Wednesday's third Ashes clash at Edgbaston.

Durham seamer Wood has played both matches against Australia but was hampered by an ankle complaint in the crushing defeat at Lord's and his hit-and-miss fitness record over the course of his career could count against him.

Finn is the spare paceman in the squad and will feature if Wood is rested.

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