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New York Mets Pitcher Suspended

33ft/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- New York Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been suspended without pay for 162 games, according to a press release from Major League Baseball (MLB).

Mejia tested positive for Stanozolol and Boldenone, which are both performance-enhancing drugs.

This is Mejia's second suspension this season. He was suspended for 80 games in April for the same violation.

Mejia's suspension is effective immediately.

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NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As President Obama was traveling overseas, it seems the White House caught up on its homework and completed all outstanding responses to petitions on White House.gov.
 
One noteworthy petition called on the White House to consider awarding New York Yankees great Yogi Berra with the presidential medal of freedom for his military service and civil rights and educational activism. The petition was launched May 9 and received more than 111,000 signatures in a month.
 
On Tuesday, the White House finally responded, noting that while the award recipient is determined at the “sole discretion” of the president — Berra’s resume makes him deserving.
 
“[T]herefore our response to this petition cannot comment on whether any individual will receive the award in the future,” the response stated. “We can, however, say that throughout his career as a Hall-of-Fame catcher for the New York Yankees and beyond, Yogi Berra has done a lot more than hit and think at the same time.”
 
The White House then ticked off a number of Berra’s accomplishments beyond his hall of fame career before concluding in typical Yogi fashion:
 
“He's demonstrated many of the qualities of past Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients, so — as he might say — it ain't over 'til it's over.”
 
Berra’s granddaughter, Lindsay Berra, reacted via Twitter positively to the White House’s response.
 
"@WhiteHouse response to #YogiMedal petition. Not a yes yet, but seems @BarackObama is thinking on it! #Yankees," she tweeted.

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George Gojkovich/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Le’Veon Bell could be playing ball sooner rather than later.

The National Football League and the NFL Players Association are negotiating to reduce the Pittsburgh Steelers running back’s suspension from three games to just one or two, sources told ESPN.

Along with the players’ union, attorneys for Bell argued at the time of Bell’s appeal that the league had taken punitive action under a new policy for a violation that occurred under the league’s old policy. The arbiter, at the time, told both sides to work on a resolution.

No formal hearing has taken place, but, ESPN reports, a deal may be reached and a reduction in Bell’s suspension could be announced within the next week.

Bell’s suspension in April stems from his arrest in August 2014 for DUI and marijuana possession. ESPN reports that Bell was stopped while driving to the airport ahead of a preseason game. He and his passenger, then-teammate LeGarrette Blount were both arrested.

Now playing for the New England Patriots, Blount was only suspended for the first game of the 2015 season after being charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. According to ESPN, Bell’s suspension was extended for an additional two games for the DUI charge.

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Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The National Football League announced its decision Tuesday to uphold the punishment imposed on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over the scandal that has become known as “deflategate.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension, in large part, because investigators found he instructed his assistant to destroy his cellphone. It was the phone Brady used around the time of the AFC championship game, when the footballs he snapped were improperly inflated.

“The commissioner found that Brady’s deliberate destruction of potentially relevant evidence went beyond a mere failure to cooperate in the investigation and supported a finding that he had sought to hide evidence of his own participation in the underlying scheme to alter the footballs,” read a statement from the NFL on Tuesday.

The NFL said Brady arranged for the phone’s destruction even though he knew investigators wanted to see text messages he exchanged with locker room staff.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League now has its first female coach.

The Arizona Cardinals scheduled a news conference for Tuesday where the team was expected to introduce Jen Welter, who has been hired as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason to work with inside linebackers, ESPN reports.

She is believed to be the first female coach in the NFL.

Welter, 37, became the first female coach in professional football in February when she joined the staff of the Texas Revolution in the Indoor Football League. A year before, she was the first woman to play a non-kicking position in a men's professional football league when she suited up for the Revolution as a running back.

“She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door,” said head coach Bruce Arians.

Welter's hire comes as women make small inroads into men's professional sports. Earlier this year, the NFL hired Sarah Thomas as its first full-time female referee. Last year, the San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, and she led the team to a championship as its summer league head coach this month.

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