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Brady wins appeal, 4-game suspension lifted

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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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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NFL won't suspend Redskins' Crowder after probe

Redskins rookie receiver Jamison Crowder will not be suspended over allegations that surfaced in June regarding possible domestic violence, an NFL spokesman confirmed.

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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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CourtCast: Azarenka kicks off today's Open live action

No. 20 Victoria Azarenka and Yanina Wickmayer kick off a jam-packed Thursday at the US Open (live on ESPN3 & WatchESPN). Andy Murray, Simona Halep and Roger Federer all take the court later.

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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.

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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Bryant: The one place MJ can't touch LeBron

In ESPN The Magazine's New Orleans Issue, Howard Bryant writes that LeBron James is the greatest athlete-activist of his time, putting him in a realm of greatness Michael Jordan can't touch.

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100+ NFL players surveyed on Deflategate

Before a judge overturned Tom Brady's suspension, players offered their own opinions:

  • 72%: The Patriots deflated the footballs
  • 16%: "Upset" by it
  • 68%: Other teams tamper with footballs
And should Brady have been suspended?

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Schefter: Bad two years for the NFL

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."


trey wingo @wingoz

with Brady's suspension lifted.. I'm changing my prediction for the AFC East from "Patriots win division".. to "Patriots destroy division"

Four games with Brady change the season

Teams that start an NFL season 2-2 makes the playoffs just 36 percent 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 favorite in all four. Don’t kid yourself — this means a lot, writes Kevin Seifert. Better with Brady

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Adam Kilgore @AdamKilgoreWP

Major takeaway from Berman's ruling: The judge essentially tells the NFL it can't yell "conduct detrimental" and do whatever it wants.

Recent suspensions changed on appeal

Tom Brady's case is the NFL's fifth suspension reversal in the last year. The four others:

  • Ray Rice: Indefinite suspension lifted
  • Adrian Peterson: Indefinite suspension lifted
  • Ndamukong Suh: 1 game to zero games
  • Greg Hardy: 10 games to 4 games

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Rory McIlroy on Tom Brady ruling: "There was no evidence to suggest he did anything wrong. This is great for him; it's great for the team."

Pats feeling 'vindicated' with decision

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss: "There is a feeling within the organization that justice has been served today."


Judge deems NFL's process unfair to Brady

ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack explains why he thinks Judge Berman made his ruling: "I think that basically what this judge has said is, in agreeing with the union, you know, this wasn't fair."


League to appeal Tom Brady ruling

The Patriots QB won't have to serve a four-game suspension for Deflategate, a ruling the NFL will "definitely" appeal, a league source told ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Live on ESPN


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Berman backhands NFL: “A player's right to notice is at the heart of the CBA and, for that matter, our criminal and civil justice systems.”

Field Yates @FieldYates

Aside from Malcolm Butler, Judge Richard Berman has now forced the most significant turnover in Patriots franchise history.

Brandt: A 'major rebuke' of Roger Goodell

ESPN's Andrew Brandt explains why the NFL is facing the ultimate "be careful what you wish for" moment.


New England's odds adjusted for Week 1

New England is once again a touchdown favorite over Pittsburgh for next week's season opener. New England was 3-point favorites before a judge nullified Tom Brady's suspension, and got bumped up to 6.5-point favorites after today's announcement at Nevada sportsbooks William Hill and CG Technology.

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Todd Archer @toddarcher

So much for that Eastern Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois matchup in Week 4 of Romo vs. Garoppolo.

NFLPA responds to Brady ruling

Via their website, the NFL Players Association said, in part: "This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. ... We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans."

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Pats now able to get back to football

Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. What's it like at Patriots headquarters right now? It is a day of vindication, writes Mike Reiss. Sweet victory

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Watch: Brady reaction on ESPN

Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "Tom Brady expected this. Tom Brady did think he was going to win." Coverage on ESPN

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Court nullifies Brady suspension

The last page of Judge Richard Berman's ruling clearly states his decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady.


Key points from Tom Brady ruling

  • 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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