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Brady's 4-game suspension lifted; NFL to appeal

Tom Brady has won his appeal against the NFL, with U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticizing commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice."

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Bayless: This is an enormous blow to the absolute power of the commissioner (2:25)
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Adam Schefter: Brady ruling 'a slap in the face of the NFL' (1:08)
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3hBob Ehalt

American Pharoah will keep racing, owner says

Owner Ahmed Zayat announced Thursday morning that he has decided to keep the sport's first Triple Crown champion in 37 years in training despite the shock of a second-place finish in the Travers.

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Kiper: 2016 Big Board

The Ohio State Buckeyes have a wealth of talent heading into this college football season, with five players in the initial Big Board rankings.

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NBA impersonator back at it, this time with Ginobili (0:30)
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Who can actually win the College Football Playoff? (1:45)
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GameDay Kickoff: Getting off to a strong start

The college football season kicks off Thursday night. And as we learned last season, strength of schedule matters to the College Football Playoff selection committee. So, which conferences can take advantage of nonconference games in Week 1?

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Disguised Ole Miss coach does "Whip/Nae Nae" (0:33)
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Djokovic plays along with fan (0:50)
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The NYCFC Pirlo conundrum (2:30)
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4hArash Markazi

These famous typewriters keep history alive

Steve Soboroff's typewriter collection -- with keys pushed by Joe DiMaggio, Ernest Hemingway, Maya Angelou and others -- is truly fascinating, and so is the story behind it, Arash Markazi writes.

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Van Pelt: Past three days for Redskins novel-worthy (1:03)
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Saxon: Another special K delivery by Clayton

Clayton Kershaw's complete-game, 15-strikeout performance Wednesday night led the Dodgers to a sweep of the Giants and kept the NL Cy Young debate going in Los Angeles, Mark Saxon writes.

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Which teams are on upset alert in Week 1 of college football? (1:23)
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Schatz: #NFLRANK overrated Vikes' Peterson

Which players did #NFLRANK overrate and underrate? Aaron Schatz provides his annual audit of the list, with Adrian Peterson's No. 11 slot getting the most criticism.

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13-year-old's wild 70-yard punt return (0:31)
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The dizzy golf challenge (0:30)
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Marine asks Ronda Rousey to Marine ball (0:33)
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Jerry Jones reminds Romo he hasn't proved anything (1:09)

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Watch: Brady reaction on ESPN
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Jackie MacMullan on SportsCenter: "I'm surprised. I didn't think that this would ever be overturned." Coverage on ESPNews, WatchESPN

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Extreme heat weather policy in effect
Tennis 

For all women's matches at the US Open beginning after 1 p.m. ET, they will be allowed a 10-minute break between the second and third sets if either player requests such a break. Day 4 coverage on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Greg Hardy might take NFL to court
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Ed Werder reports: "Judge Richard Berman's decision on the Brady case could certainly embolden the union to challenge Hardy's discipline, even though I'm told there's very little or no legal overlap."

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NFL will 'definitely' appeal ruling
NFL 

Tom Brady's suspension reduction will "definitely" be appealed by the league, a league source tells ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Regarding a potential NFL request for a stay to keep Tom Brady from playing, Brandt's source said: "Don't think so."

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Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

On his radio show, Urban Meyer said a decision about who will take Ohio State's first snap at QB is coming in the next couple days. But when he tells Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett the plan, he isn't revealing it to anybody else -- including the rest of the Buckeyes. The suspense continues until kickoff on Monday night at Virginia Tech.

Dominican Republic rolling at half
FIBA 

Rockets F Francisco Garcia has just 3 points on 1-of-5 shooting, but is getting plenty of help from his supporting cast, as the Dominican Republic has opened up a 42-23 lead over Uruguay at FIBA Americas. Live on ESPN3

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What to know about Serena's next test
Tennis 

Williams is five wins from a calendar Grad Slam, and the next obstacle in her way is Bethanie Mattek-Sands, possibly the tour's most eccentric player -- she once rocked unicorn-colored hair. Unconventional opponent

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Tennis 

Boston mayor weighs in on Brady ruling

Boston mayor Martin J. Walsh released a statement saying: "Today is a great day in New England and Patriots fans across the country are celebrating. Now, let's get back to football - I am looking forward to a great season and cheering on the Patriots one game at a time."

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Is Steve Spurrier too old?
College Football 

The College Football Live crew goes back and forth whether the South Carolina has any gas left in the thank. Says Paul Finebaum: "I think tonight is one of the most important games in Steve Spurrier's career."

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College Football 

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Looks like @Patriots have changed their Twitter avatar; it is now a picture of Tom Brady, arms in air, celebrating with Lombardi Trophy.

Rick Carlisle takes flight
NBA 

The Mavs coach spent the past couple summers learning to become a pilot: "I remember thinking, 'These guys have gotta be crazy to think I'm ever gonna buy an airplane. And then a month later I had an airplane." A new challege

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Key points from Tom Brady ruling
NFL 

  • The court found that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others
  • Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used PEDs
Four-game ban overturned

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Wanda Sykes won't jinx Serena
Tennis 

The biggest Serena Williams fan arrived for Day 4 at the US Open but was too superstitious about jinxing the world No. 1 to say anything about her.

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How having Tom Brady impacts Patriots
NFL 

No surprise: New England's chances in each of its first four games are better with Brady than without him, according to ESPN's NFL Football Power Index.

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Deflategate timeline
NFL 

  • Jan. 18: Allegations begin with AFC Championship Game
  • May 6: Wells report finds "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs
  • May 11: Brady suspended 4 games, Pats fined $1 million and docked 2 draft picks
  • July 28: Brady suspension upheld by NFL
  • Today: Judge Berman nullifies Brady suspension

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Cotton, metallic ink and ... freedom
NFL 

Those are the ingredients in Julian Edelman's latest T-shirt according to a tweet sent after Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. Edelman was just one of many players to share their reactions on Twitter. See the tweets

Twitter/@Edelman11
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Schefter: Bad two years for the NFL
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Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "From the league office perspective, last year went as bad as it could. This season is about to kick off and this is a damning decision. This is a slap in the face of the NFL."

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Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Robert Kraft's statement referencing "lawyers at league" a direct salvo at general counsel Jeff Pash and Gregg Levy.

Robert Kraft on Tom Brady ruling

The Patriots owner released a statement that said: "As I have said during this process and throughout his Patriots career, Tom Brady is a classy person of the highest integrity. He represents everything that is great about this game and this league. Yet, with absolutely no evidence of any actions of wrongdoing by Tom in the Wells report, the lawyers at the league still insisted on imposing and defending unwarranted and unprecedented discipline. Judge Richard Berman understood this and we are greatly appreciative of his thoughtful decision that was delivered today. Now, we can return our focus to the game on the field."

'Elation, vindication and relief'
NFL 

ESPN's Mike Reiss said three words sum up the feelings at Gillette Stadium after Tom Brady's four-game suspension was overturned: "Elation, vindication and relief." He also reports Brady may play a snap in tonight's preseason game as a symbolic gesture. Live on ESPNews, WatchESPN

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Roger Goodell statement on Brady ruling
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"We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season. "

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Bruschi: Goodell is embarrassing NFL
NFL 

On SportsCenter, Tedy Bruschi said of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: "I'm embarrassed that the leader of the NFL ... is making the league look ridiculous."

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Brady's fantasy stock soars
NFL 

When the news of Tom Brady's suspension being overturned broke, around 75% of all roster changes in ESPN Fantasy Football leagues were Brady being moved into the starting lineup for Week 1. Brady's average draft position also dropped from around 75 to around 50. Play for free

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