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Brady moving on from suspension appeal...Earnhardt battling concussion symptoms...Teixeira to retire



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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady says his decision not to pursue his appeal of a four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" saga was "a personal decision." At New England's training camp today the four-time Super Bowl winner spoke for the first time since deciding to end his attempt to have the suspension overturned. He is allowed to practice with the team and play in the Patriots' preseason games, but will miss the first four regular-season games.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he just wants to get better and get back to racing. NASCAR's most popular driver spoke about his recovery from a concussion that has kept him out of three races so far, and at least two more upcoming. Earnhardt says he continues to experience issues with balance and an ability to focus on an object while he moves his head. There is no timetable for his return.

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) says he plans to retire at the end of the season. The 36-year-old switch-hitter has been slowed by injuries and is hitting just .198 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs this season. The three-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner has hit 404 home runs, fifth all-time among switch-hitters.

RIO DE JANIERO (AP) — Brazilian soccer legend Pele (PAY'-lay) says his poor health will prevent him from participating in tonight's opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics. Earlier in the week, the 75-year-old indicated he had been approached to light the cauldron during tonight's three-hour festivities, but that was not confirmed by Rio organizers.

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — South African Tyrone Van Aswegen shot a 4-under 66 to move to 7 under par and into the lead midway through the second round of the Travelers Championship. The 34-year-old has yet to record a bogey in the tournament, while he seeks his first PGA Tour win.

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