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Trotter: Brady decision exposes NFL's power again

In case after case, we learn repeatedly that NFL justice simply isn't in line with the standards of American justice. And this has owners questioning the guy who hands out that justice.

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Bayless: This is an enormous blow to the absolute power of the commissioner (2:25)
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DeMaurice Smith, Roger Cossack heatedly debate NFL discipline process (2:48)
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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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Brady ruling shifts Patriots' Super Bowl odds

Las Vegas sportsbooks reacted to news of Tom Brady's appeal win by reinstalling the Patriots as the co-favorites in the AFC and bumping up the point spread in next week's season opener.

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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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Kiper: Adoree' Jackson 'could be spectacular this season' (0:40)
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Is Steve Spurrier too old? (1:30)
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Djokovic plays along with fan (0:50)
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Disguised Ole Miss coach does 'Whip/Nae Nae' (0:33)
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The NYCFC Pirlo conundrum (2:30)
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6hArash 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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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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Legal FAQ: Inside the judge's decision
NFL 

You've got questions? ESPN legal analyst Lester Munson has answers. Why he still feels like the league's legal position remains strong despite the ruling today and how this reminds him of a 2004 ruling involving Maurice Clarett. Looking at precedent

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When football meets futbol

Kaka, on the East Coast for international matches with Brazil, had time to snap a pic with Tim Tebow. No word on if they practiced Tebowing.

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NFL gets a judicial smackdown

Charles P. Pierce writes of today's Brady ruling: "It's impossible to read [Judge Richard] Berman's decision as anything other than a statement of complete disgust that this alleged petty gamesmanship ever wound up in his courtroom -- and his disgust is focused almost exclusively on the NFL." Brady freed

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Minnesota game a must-win for TCU?
College Football 

No. 2 TCU opens its season tonight at Minnesota. Would a loss end the Horned Frogs' College Football Playoff hopes? Paul Finebaum says: "If they lose tonight, forget about them."

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Road to the College Football Playoff
College Football 

The start of the college football season is upon us, and the journey to the College Football Playoff starts tonight. Are you ready?

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NFLPA president: 'Happy for Tom'
NFL 

Eric Winston's statement: "It's important to remember that when one player's rights are upheld, it is a victory for all players. However, this whole ordeal has highlighted the need for players and owners to work together to make all policies fair and transparent for everyone in our game. I welcome an opportunity to have open and constructive dialogue with the league in the near future for how we can best accomplish that."

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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Welcome to Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots host the Giants in the preseason finale (7:30 p.m. ET).

Jack Sock withdraws at US Open
Tennis 

Sock retired from his second-round match with heat exhaustion and exited the court supported by two trainers. The American had a 2-1 set lead and was 1-2 in the fourth set when he retired.

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Judgment helps Brady's fantasy value
NFL 

"[Tom Brady] will be one of the top QBs off the board moving forward. He's my No. 5 QB," ESPN's fantasy expert Matthew Berry told NFL Live. Play for free

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Five Rutgers players arrested

The players were charged Thursday with assaulting a group of individuals, including one student whose jaw was broken during an unprovoked attack, the New Brunswick PD announced.

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

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TBT: The hit that put Clowney on the map
College Football 

Forgot about this helmet-popper from the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day 2013? Allow former Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney to remind you.

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Watch: Andy Murray at US Open
Tennis 

The 3 seed is looking to advance to the third round with his match against France's Adrian Mannarino, who is 1-13 lifetime against top-10 players. In the one previous time the two met, Murray won in straight sets at Indian Wells. Live on ESPN, WatchESPN

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Armstrong impersonates Manu Ginobili ...
NBA 

... and the Spurs guard loved it! Yes, the NBA's foremost impressionist impressed the Argentine by mimicking him in all his Euro-stepping, foul-drawing glory. Ginobili: 'Great job man!'

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Pats Week 1 tickets getting hotter
NFL 

ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tells SportsCenter: "Today alone, the ticket prices for the home opener for Patriots-Steelers have gone up about 10% [on the secondary market]."

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Goodell will not attend Pats' opener
NFL 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will not attend next Thursday's Steelers-Patriots NFL season opener, FOX Sports reports. He will attend a game on opening weekend, though it's not clear which game at this point.

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NFL 

Four games with Brady change the season
NFL 

Teams that start an NFL season 2-2 make the playoffs just 36% of the time. So you can say, "No big deal, it's the Patriots," but minus Brady they were underdogs in two of those first four games, and now they're the favorite in all four. Don’t kid yourself -- this means a lot, writes Kevin Seifert. Better with Brady

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NFL 

'Pacman' Jones trolls Goodell
NFL 

The Bengals CB -- who's had his own share of run-ins with Roger Goodell over the years -- got in a dig at the commissioner after Tom Brady's 4-game suspension was overturned today. See his tweet

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