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NFL discovers 11 New England Patriots balls were deflated

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The NFL have discovered that 11 of the 12 balls used by the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game on Sunday were inflated at a level significantly below the leagues requirements, according to a report from ESPN.

The balls were reportedly fine when checked by officials before the game - which New England ended up winning 45-7 to book a place in the Super Bowl - meaning the alterations must have been made after that fact when the balls were given back to the Patriots.

'DeflateGate' as it has now come to be known has sent shock waves round the NFL, with social media ablaze with reaction from columnists, players and fans alike.

D'Qwell Jackson intercepted a Tom Brady pass during the game and he gave the ball to Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. Reports say that Pagano then gave the ball to Colts general manager Ryan Grigson who went to the league to complain.

It is to be seen if any punishment will be levelled against the Patriots, but this wouldn't be their first time they've been caught out. We previously had Spygate where a Patriots assistant was caught video taping the New York Jets defensive coaches signals during a game.

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Over to the NBA, where Kevin Durant almost injured himself again yesterday. The Thunder star landed heavily after a dunk and damaged his elbow, but fortunately he won't be missing any games.

To Soccer, where Sebastian Giovinco could join Toronto before the start of the 2015 MLS season. The Italian star has agreed a deal to join TFC from Juventus in the summer, but a deal could be reached to see him move earlier.

And finally to baseball, where Pete Rose today claimed that Barry Bonds and Roger Clemons both deserve to be in the hall of fame, despite their much talked about steroid use.

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