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Brady wins appeal, 4-game suspension lifted

Tom Brady has beaten the NFL in the Deflategate court case, with U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman nullifying the league's four-game suspension Thursday.

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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.

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Report: Record $750M price tag put on Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are seeking $750 million for the team and development rights to the 28-acre Civic Arena site, according to a report.

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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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Recent suspensions changed on appeal
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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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With Tom Brady at QB, Patriots favored

According to ESPN's NFL FPI, the Patriots are now favored in each of their first four games:

  • Week 1 vs. Steelers: 67%
  • Week 2 at Bills: 60%
  • Week 3 vs. Jaguars: 85%
  • Week 5 at Cowboys: 52%

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

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Patriots open up against the Steelers. Since 1st tracked in 2006, no QB has a higher Total QBR vs Steelers than Tom Brady (87.5)

Will latest overturned ban bring change?
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With four other recent overturned suspensions under Roger Goodell's reign, an NFLPA source told ESPN's Ed Werder: "Hopefully the owners will engage us in a process for meaningful change."

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Schefter's top takeaways regarding Brady
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Adam Schefter explains what the overturning of the suspension means: "Tom Brady is now going to be allowed to play the first four games. No. 2, the NFL is going to come under heavy criticism."

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Tom Brady suspension nullified
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The Patriots QB won't have to serve a four-game suspension for Deflategate. For reaction to the judge's ruling, tune into SportsCenter. "The power of the commissioner has been undone, at least for now," says Bob Ley. Live on ESPN

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Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

228 days after the AFC Title game. 7 days before the season opener. Tom Brady finally gets some semblance of peace.

100+ NFL players surveyed on Deflategate
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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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Judge deems NFL's process unfair to Brady
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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."

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Mike Sando, ESPN.com @SandoESPN

Whether or not Brady did what was alleged, punishment was so over the top, in my view, that it said more about league than it said about TB.

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.

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Wells report cost NFL $2.5M-$3M. Combined estimate for legal counsel for NFL, NFLPA, Brady & Patriots top $10 million

Key points from Tom Brady ruling
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  • 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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Schefter: Expect NFL to appeal ruling
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Tom Brady can suit up for his team's season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for Deflategate. But as Adam Schefter explains on SportsCenter, expect the NFL to appeal the ruling in the second circuit. Live coverage on ESPN

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Historic start streak in reach for Brady
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With 96 straight starts and his four-game suspension nullified, Tom Brady should be able to reach 100 consecutive starts at QB. Brady previously had a streak of 111 straight starts from 2001-08. No QB in NFL history as ever had two separate streaks of 100 consecutive regular-season starts, according to Elias.

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Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

So many self-fives today for drafting Tom Brady in the mid-late rounds of early drafts. That week 1 matchup is going to be a feast.