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NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady's four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The league announced the decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady's cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady met with independent investigator Ted Wells on that day.

''He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone,'' Goodell said in his decision.

''During the four months that the cellphone was in use, Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device.''

Calling the appeal process ''a sham,'' Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee, said Goodell ''failed to ensure a fair process'' in upholding the quarterback's four-game suspension.

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Le'Veon Bell will head back to work a little earlier than the NFL originally planned.

The league reduced the suspension against the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro running back from three games to two on Tuesday, leaving him eligible to play when the Steelers travel to St. Louis on Sept. 27.

The league initially suspended Bell for the first three games of the 2015 season as part of the fallout from his arrest in August 2014 on DUI and drug charges.

Bell was arrested last August following a traffic stop along with then-teammate LeGarrette Blount. The 23-year-old All-Pro ended up pleading no contest and was sentenced to 15 months of probation and entered into a diversion program.

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BASEBALL

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays have swapped star shortstops.

The teams confirmed the blockbuster trade Tuesday that sends Jose Reyes and right-handed pitchers Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco to the Rockies for Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed reliever LaTroy Hawkins.

Both shortstops have remarkably similar career statistics but also a history of injuries.

Tulowitzki is a five-time All-Star and a career .299 hitter. He's hitting .300 this season. At 32, the speedy Reyes is two years older than Tulowitzki. He's a lifetime .291 hitter and is hitting .285 this season.

Reyes, a four-time All-Star, is signed through 2017 on a $106 million, six-year contract he received from Miami.

Before the 2011 season, Colorado made a big commitment to Tulowitzki by agreeing to a contract that guaranteed him $132 million over seven seasons from 2014-20.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Athletics have traded utilityman Ben Zobrist and cash to the Kansas City Royals for right-hander Aaron Brooks and minor league left-hander Sean Manaea.

The teams announced the trade Tuesday. The 34-year-old Zobrist, an infielder and outfielder, batted .268 with six home runs, 20 doubles, two triples and 33 RBIs in 67 games for the A's, who are last in the AL West.

He joins a Royals team that leads the AL Central a season after beating Oakland in the one-game wild card on the way to its first World Series in 29 years and a seven-game loss to San Francisco.

Zobrist missed a month following arthroscopic left knee surgery in late April for a torn meniscus.

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OLYMPICS

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Two of China's most storied winter Olympic athletes faced tough questions about Beijing bid's for the 2022 Winter Games - namely about air pollution and a lack of snow.

Gold medalist pairs figure skaters Shen Zue and Zhao Hongbo came out of retirement to win gold at Vancouver in 2010, then retired again. The husband and wife are two of the Beijing bid's ambassadors trying to convince the IOC that the Chinese city should be given hosting rights over Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The vote will be here on Friday.

On the sidelines of the IOC executive board meetings on Tuesday, the couple was asked about pollution in the Chinese capital and the lack of snow at the mountain venues of Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Olympics, is trying to become the first city to host a summer and winter games.

Shen said many Olympic ski competitions need artificial snow and ''that is something that happens at many Winter Games.''

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SOCCER

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter's claim that the man known as ''El Piojo'' punched him.

The ouster came just two days after Herrera led Mexico to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But Decio de Maria, who on Saturday becomes president of the Mexican Soccer Federation, said the incident with the journalist was not in keeping with ''the spirit of fair and respectful competition'' the organization espouses.

''Our values, our principles, are above any result,'' de Maria said at a news conference. ''In our profession, our industry, the matches are never over, and as public figures who represent an institution we must be absolutely clear on that.''

There was no comment from the coach on his firing, nor has he said anything publicly on the incident with the reporter.

GENEVA (AP) - Michel Platini will run for FIFA president and plans to announce his intentions this week.

Two officials familiar with Platini's plans have told The Associated Press that the FIFA vice president has made a decision to try to succeed Sepp Blatter. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Platini has not announced his candidacy.

The officials said that the UEFA president and former France great has been encouraged to run by most leaders of FIFA's continental confederations.

Five of the six continental leaders, including Platini, were in St. Petersburg, Russia, last week for FIFA meetings and the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw.

Platini declined to discuss his ambitions when asked by the AP in St. Petersburg.

The FIFA election is on Feb. 26 and would-be candidates must apply by Oct. 26.

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SWIMMING

KAZAN, Russia (AP) - Aurelie Muller of France won the 10-kilometer open water title by 2.4 seconds at the world swimming championships, becoming one of 10 women to qualify for next year's Olympics.

She led the last two laps on the Kazanka River on Tuesday, hitting the touchpad in 1 hour, 58 minutes, 4.3 seconds.

Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands earned silver in 1:58:06.7. Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil took bronze in 1:58:26.5, finishing 22.2 seconds behind Muller to secure a berth for her home Olympics in Rio de Janiero.

Haley Anderson of the U.S., who won the non-Olympic 5k Saturday, finished ninth in 1:58:35.9. Eva Risztov of Hungary, the 2012 Olympic champion, grabbed the 10th and last qualifying spot for Rio.

Keri-Anne Payne of Britain, a two-time 10k world champion, finished 15th.

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