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Trotter: The NFL's power exposed again, its leaders face questions

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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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 favorites in the AFC and bumping up the point spread in next week's season opener.

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Bayless: This is an enormous blow to the absolute power of the commissioner (2:25)
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NFL 25 Under 25 Rankings: Khalil Mack is No. 1

Oakland linebacker Khalil Mack leads Mel Kiper Jr.'s and Mike Sando's annual list of the NFL's top 25 players under the age of 25. Where does second-year stud Odell Beckham Jr. fall on the list?

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J.J. Watt is football's real-life action hero

Defensive linemen normally don't make TV cameos, appear in movies or get their own commercials. Except now, there's Watt -- selected as the best player in the NFL and the league's biggest reality TV star.

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Why an undefeated preseason matters for the Chiefs

Kansas City is 3-0 this preseason heading into Thursday night's game at St. Louis. Teams that finish the preseason without a loss generally don't fare much better than those that go winless. But the Chiefs are a different matter.

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#NFLRANK: The top 100 players

Who is the best player in the NFL: J.J. Watt or Aaron Rodgers? Our 70-plus voters settled that and plenty of other debates in this year's ranking of the top 100 players.

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Goodell will not attend Pats' opener

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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Four games with Brady change the season

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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'Pacman' Jones trolls Goodell

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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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.

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SportsCenter headed to Gillette Stadium

Following today's overturning of Tom Brady's 4-game suspension, the scene at Gillette Stadium for tonight's Patriots' preseason finale is sure to be crazy -- and SportsCenter will be there, with Lindsay Czarniak hosting live from Foxboro. Watch at 6 p.m. ET on ESPNews

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Trotter: NFL leaders exposed with loss

Jim Trotter writes of the NFL's latest in a long line of losses in court: "There have been whispers for weeks that changes are coming in the league office. Last month, Tod Leiweke was hired as the NFL's first COO since Goodell took office, and Leiweke is said to have the authority to recommend changes where necessary." Embarrassment could spur changes

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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."

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Two lawyers enter, one lawyer leaves?

See what happens when NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith calls ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack views on the CBA "idiotic."

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Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Will always be two sides of DeflateGate. Some wanted to see Tom Brady exonerated. Others wanted discipline. But what should unite everyone in opposition is NFL claim that Wells Report was independent. Major sticking point for Judge Berman, but also for anyone examining league credibility. In court, NFL acknowledged it was edited by its top lawyer.

Bruschi: Goodell is embarrassing 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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Legal FAQ: Inside the judge's decision

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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Cotton, metallic ink and ... freedom

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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Brady's fantasy stock soars

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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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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Worth noting from last year: Roethlisberger 236 fantasy points from Week 5 on. Brady 232. That's when Brady started playing well. Similar.

'Elation, vindication and relief'

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

Watch: DeMaurice Smith on Brady ruling

The NFLPA Executive Director said on SportsCenter: "It was a vindication of the collective bargaining agreement and the law of due process." Coverage on ESPNews, WatchESPN

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