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Thursday's Sports In Brief

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 4-6 - FILE - In this June 15, 2010, file photo, Barbara Castelein, left, and Mierte, both from the Netherlands, walk after an interview outside Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Soccer's governing body says the outfit Photo:

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 4-6 - FILE - In this June 15, 2010, file photo, Barbara Castelein, left, and Mierte, both from the Netherlands, walk after an interview outside Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Soccer's governing body says the outfit

BRADY

NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady's lawsuit against the NFL in which he wants his four-game suspension overturned will be heard in New York instead of Minnesota.

Brady and the players' union filed their suit Wednesday in Minnesota. But the NFL already had filed papers Tuesday in New York, moments after announcing that Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspension for Brady's involvement in the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game.

U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle, based in Minnesota, ordered the transfer.

The judge wrote that he ''sees little reason for this action to have been commenced in Minnesota at all.''

He noted that Brady plays in Massachusetts, the union is headquartered in Washington and the NFL in New York, Kyle added that ''the arbitration proceedings took place in New York and the award was issued in New York.''

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BASEBALL TRADES

DETROIT (AP) - Toronto acquired All-Star left-hander David Price from the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, the second major move in less than a week by the Blue Jays as they chase their first postseason appearance since 1993.

After obtaining slugging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki from Colorado, the Blue Jays tried to shore up their rotation by adding Price, likely the top remaining starting pitcher on the market.

The Blue Jays sent left-handers Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt to the Tigers in the deal. Price can become a free agent after this season.

Later Thursday, Detroit dealt closer Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh for minor league infielder JaCoby Jones.

ATLANTA (AP) - The first-place Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their pitching staff on the eve of the trade deadline, completing a 13-player deal with the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins on Thursday that sent two starters and two relievers to the NL West leader.

Clinging to a half-game leader over San Francisco, the Dodgers acquiring right-hander Mat Latos from the Marlins and left-hander Alex Wood from the Braves, two pitchers who can move right into the rotation behind aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Also, Los Angeles obtained relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from Atlanta, adding needed depth to the bullpen.

The rebuilding Braves kept up their massive overhaul, also surrendering top infield prospect Jose Peraza to the Dodgers largely to land 30-year-old Cuban defector Hector Olivera, who has impressed in the minors since signing a $62.5 million, six-year deal with Los Angeles this year.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Brandon Moss was sorry to see close friend David Murphy traded earlier this week by the Indians.

Now he's gone, too.

Moss was dealt Thursday to the St. Louis Cardinals, who were in the market for an outfielder after seven-time All-Star Matt Holliday re-injured his right quadriceps on Wednesday.

In exchange for Moss, who was in his first season with the Indians, the Indians received minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky, a first-round pick in 2013.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The New York Yankees acquired utility player Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners for a pair of minor leaguers Thursday.

New York sent right-hander Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores to the Mariners in the deal completed a day before the non-waiver trade deadline.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

CHICAGO (AP) - Ohio State has suspended All-America defensive end Joey Bosa, receiver Corey Smith and H-backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson for its opening game at Virginia Tech.

In a statement released about an hour before Big Ten media days began Thursday, the Buckeyes said the players violated department of athletics policy.

The defending national champions open the season Labor Day night in Blacksburg, Virginia, against the only team to beat them last season.

Bosa had 13.5 sacks as a sophomore and enters his junior year as one of the top NFL prospects in college football.

Marshall was second on the team in receptions as a freshman with 38 and was also the team's best punt returner.

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) - Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott envisions fierce competition, Heisman Trophy challengers and national championship bids for his loaded football conference in the next few years.

Scott doesn't expect any new members, however.

''I do not see us expanding in the foreseeable future,'' Scott said Thursday while opening the Pac-12's media days.

Scott projected optimism and contentment at Warner Bros. Studios as the Pac-12 heads into its 100-year anniversary celebration. He believes the league is gaining the national respect it deserves, and he is optimistic that AT&T's merger with DirecTV will allow the Pac-12 Networks to increase its distribution to a less embarrassing portion of the nation.

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SOCCER

DENVER (AP) - Kaka and David Villa are raising the profile of Major League Soccer. Clint Dempsey and the U.S. national team have done their part, too.

Buoyed by international soccer icons and capitalizing on recent World Cup success by the American men's and women's national teams, the league is drawing record numbers so far this season, MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in an interview with The Associated Press this week.

MLS averages 21,109 spectators a game, a figure bolstered by the additions of Orlando City (Kaka's squad) and New York City FC (Villa's team). The 20-team league also has new television deals that allow their stars to be seen all over the globe.

Still, MLS is losing money - Garber declined to give an exact figure - as teams write big checks for top players and fund player development through academy programs to discover the next Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan or Dempsey.

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SWIMMING

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Germany won the 5-kilometer team event Thursday for the second consecutive time in open water swimming at the world championships.

The trio of Rob Muffels, Christian Reichert and Isabelle Harle finished in 55 minutes, 50.6 seconds on the Kazanka River. Germany also won the title two years ago in Barcelona, led by veteran Thomas Lurz, who has since retired.

Marcel Schouten, Ferry Weertman and Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands and Allan Do Carmo, Diogo Villarinho and Ana Cunha of Brazil tied for silver in 55:31.2.

Italy finished fourth in 55:49.4, followed by the U.S. trio of Sean Ryan, Jordan Wilimovsky and Ashley Twichell, who touched in 55:50.6.

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HORSE RACING

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) - Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is the overwhelming 1-5 favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds for Sunday's $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

This will be American Pharoah's first race since he swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes and became the 12th Triple Crown winner and first in 37 years.

American Pharoah will leave from the No. 4 post following Thursday's draw and be ridden by Victor Espinoza. He is owned by Ahmed Zayat of Teaneck, New Jersey, and trained by Bob Baffert.

A winner in seven of eight career starts with more than $4 million in earnings, American Pharoah is not taking on the most formidable field.

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