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  • Pats coach Belichick on having Brady back: 'He never left'

    Sat, 05 Sep 2015 03:08:14 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Like every game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he's focused on his next opponent. But he doesn't feel as if he's got a new edge with star quarterback Tom Brady able to play in the regular0season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Judge's NFL bashing skips judgment of Brady in 'Deflategate'

    Sat, 05 Sep 2015 03:04:40 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge's ruling freeing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play football erased his four-game suspension but failed to address the root question of the "Deflategate" scandal: What did Brady know about a plot to deflate balls before January's AFC championship game?

  • Tom Brady posts statement on Facebook

    Sat, 05 Sep 2015 02:58:39 GMT

    Tom Brady posted a statement on Facebook on Friday night, a day after U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman vacated the New England quarterback's four-game suspension in the "Deflategate" scandal.

  • Tennis officials eye security after US Open drone crash

    Sat, 05 Sep 2015 00:30:06 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A drone crash during a U.S. Open match has tennis officials thinking about whether they can do more to safeguard the sprawling National Tennis Center from such hazards, a spokesman said Friday.

  • Column: Football should be Xs and Os, not proselytizing

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 22:57:06 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) — A football season begins, and with it comes religion on the gridiron.

  • Teacher arrested after drone crashes at US Open; no injuries

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:59:10 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A high school science teacher was arrested Friday after a drone plummeted into empty seats and caused a scare at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

  • Maine Dunkin' Donuts: Free coffee for 'Deflategate' judge

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:24:10 GMT

    LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — A Dunkin' Donuts shop in Maine is offering free coffee for life to the federal judge who lifted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's suspension.

  • NYPD: Teacher arrested for allegedly flying drone at US Open

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:43:16 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City teacher was arrested early Friday for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats at the U.S. Open, police said.

  • Players hoping "Deflategate" can usher in change

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 08:03:49 GMT

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tom Brady is free and Ramon Foster can't help but laugh. Sorry, the irony is just a little too delicious.

  • Column: Wait, Goodell got it wrong again? Roger that!

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 03:09:45 GMT

    The day is coming when NFL owners won't have enough faith in Roger Goodell's judgment to let him order lunch.

  • Judge sides with Brady on 'Deflategate,' NFL appeals

    Fri, 04 Sep 2015 01:20:46 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady learned Thursday he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league's four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league quickly appealed.

  • The Latest: Falcons owner says Goodell protecting rights

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:43:03 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on a federal judge's decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal (all times Eastern):

  • Brady appeal added to long list of NFL losses in court

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:27:03 GMT

    A federal judge tossed out Tom Brady's four-game suspension on Thursday, ruling that Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to follow the procedures laid out in the NFL's collective bargaining agreement in penalizing the four-time Super Bowl champion.

  • It's not over yet: What's next in the 'Deflategate' mess

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:17:42 GMT

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers — and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and appeals and even a college class in New England called "Deflategate."

  • Jury finds ex-Indianapolis Colts player not guilty of rape

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:25:18 GMT

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A jury has found former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary not guilty of forcing a woman he met in a bar to have sex.

  • The Latest: Pats fans celebrate 'Deflategate' judgment

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:23:07 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on a federal judge's decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal (all times Eastern):

  • Rutgers' Kyle Flood to coach opener; 5 players arrested

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:22:58 GMT

    PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Kyle Flood will coach Rutgers in its season opener against Norfolk State on Saturday despite an ongoing academic investigation and the arrest and suspension of five football players.

  • 5 Rutgers football players suspended amid criminal charges

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:42:35 GMT

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Five Rutgers football players have been suspended after one was charged in two home invasions and four others were charged with assaulting a group of people in New Brunswick in April.

  • The Latest: NFL appeals 'Deflategate' judgment

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 19:26:40 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on a federal judge's decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal (all times Eastern):

  • The Latest: NFL appealing 'Deflategate' but won't seek stay

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:19:46 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on a federal judge's decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal (all times Eastern):

  • Judge sides with Brady, NFL promises 'Deflategate' appeal

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:47:18 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised to appeal.

  • The Latest: Pats owner Kraft says focus can shift to field

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:21:38 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on a federal judge's decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal (all times Eastern):

  • The Latest: Italy, Malta honor migrants at soccer game

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 17:18:43 GMT

    The latest Thursday on the European migrant crisis (all times GMT):

  • The Latest: NFL commissioner promises 'Deflategate' appeal

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:25:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on a federal judge's decision to overturn the NFL's four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the "Deflategate" scandal (all times Eastern):

  • Judge lets Brady play, ruling against NFL in 'Deflategate'

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:04:43 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge let the air out of "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity.

  • FIFA reforms panel makes little progress at 1st meeting

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:48:59 GMT

    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — A FIFA-appointed panel driving reforms of the crisis-hit governing body appeared to stall Thursday after its first outing.

  • Lawsuit: Western sheep operators colluded against workers

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:50:44 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers.

  • Baylor handling of sex assault cases gets outside probe

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:20:14 GMT

    WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor University has hired a Philadelphia law firm to independently investigate the university's handling of sexual assault complaints, including one against defensive end Sam Ukwuachu.

  • Federal Sony data breach lawsuit settled, lawyer says

    Thu, 03 Sep 2015 00:00:16 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose personal information was posted online last year after a massive data breach have reached a settlement in a proposed class action lawsuit, their attorneys said Wednesday.

  • Autopsy: Football player shot by police had drugs in system

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 23:10:48 GMT

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A black college football player killed by a white police officer likely used a synthetic psychedelic drug and marijuana prior to the deadly confrontation at a Texas car dealership, according to an autopsy report released Wednesday.

  • Sony, back in the crosshairs, defends 'Concussion'

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:23:12 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly a year after the devastating hacking attack that leaked thousands of emails, Sony Pictures Entertainment again finds itself trying to justify its own inner dealings, this time over the upcoming Will Smith film about head trauma and the NFL, "Concussion."

  • Emails show nuances to 'Concussion' controversy, NFL fears

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 22:00:39 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Leaked emails about the fact-based football drama "Concussion" paint a complicated picture of the internal dealings between Sony executives, lawyers, external consultants and filmmaker Peter Landesman in the early stages of development of the head-trauma film.

  • Video shows mass baptism on high school football field

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 20:02:53 GMT

    VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — A video of football players and a coach being dunked into a small tub of water during a mass baptism on a public high school football field is drawing criticism from a religious-freedom group, and officials in Georgia say they're investigating.

  • Ohio reviewing high school team's use of tiger cub mascot

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:12:29 GMT

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Officials are reviewing whether a live tiger cub being used as an Ohio high school football team mascot meets standards for possession of dangerous animals, the state Department of Agriculture said Wednesday.

  • Sony says 'Concussion' wasn't softened to placate NFL

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:57:21 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Sony Pictures insists that the Will Smith film "Concussion" was not "softened" to placate the NFL.

  • Man charged in connection with OJ Simpson Heisman theft

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:33:44 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a man in connection with the theft of the University of Southern California's copy of O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy more than 20 years ago.

  • Column: Has NFL's PR machine finally met its match?

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:23:46 GMT

    Merry Christmas, Mr. Commissioner. Enjoy your lump of coal.

  • Officials investigate mass baptism on school football field

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:27:02 GMT

    VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) — A school district says it's investigating a mass baptism on a public high school football field after video footage of the Aug. 17 incident was posted online.

  • Ex-NFL running back Phillips charged with killing cellmate

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:10:15 GMT

    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.

  • 'Concussion' director says no compromises were made for NFL

    Wed, 02 Sep 2015 03:15:31 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — A day after its trailer debuted online and months before it hits theaters, the Will Smith football head-trauma film "Concussion" is already sparking controversy.

  • Wrestler 'Superfly' Snuka charged in girlfriend's 1983 death

    Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:34:38 GMT

    ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Former professional wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged Tuesday with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of his mistress more than three decades ago.