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NFL finds Pats personnel probably deflated balls

The NFL has found that it is probable that New England Patriots employees deliberately deflated balls during the AFC Championship Game in January.

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While Barcelona is just 1-5-2 against Bayern Munich in their previous 8 matches, Barca is 5-0-0 at home in the 2014-15 Champions League. On the other side, Bayern is 0-2-1 in its last three Champions road matches.


Recent history favors Bayern Munich

In eight previous matches in UEFA competitions, Bayern owns a 5-1-2 lead over Barcelona. That includes a 7-0 Bayern win on aggregate in the 2013 Champions League semifinals.


Texts hightlighted in Wells report

NFL Nation reporter Dan Graziano says there is a "mountain of circumstantial evidence" regarding Tom Brady's probable involvement with deflating footballs, including text messages between the QB and Patriots' staffers.


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Findings from Wells Report

Patriots' officials locker room attendant Jim McNally referred to himself as the "deflator" in text messages to Patriots equipment assistant John Jastremski.

Saturday on Brady's 'probable' involvement

Former NFL center Jeff Saturday on Tom Brady: "Once you cross the line and you get caught, how do you handle it? And that's the part that I'm most disappointed in. Because you'd like to see the guy who's in control, stand up and fall on the sword." (via SportsCenter)


Wells report: Belichick, Kraft clear

The Wells report found no wrongdoing "or knowledge of wrongdoing" by Patriots ownership, head coach Bill Belichick or any other Patriots coach in the matters investigated.

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Andrew Brandt @adbrandt

The Wells Report is out. Caveat: Wells has no authority to discipline, only to investigate and report. NFL then figures out what to do.

Wells Report analysis on Outside the Lines

Andrew Brandt and Adam Schefter join Bob Ley to analyze Wells Report findings. Report concluded "it's more probable than not" that Patriots personnel "participated in a deliberate effort to release air from Patriots games balls after the balls were examined by the referee." Live on ESPN & WatchESPN


NFL considering Wells Report discipline

Insider Adam Schefter told SportsCenter that discipline is coming for the Patriots. "There are 31 other teams that believed the Patriots gained an advantage."


What this means for Tom Brady

Louis Riddick on SportsCenter: "It calls into question, why did you handle it the way you did? ... It's up to all of us as individuals to say, 'Is Tom Brady a cheater?'" Coverage continues on ESPN & WatchESPN


Wells Report: What happens next?

The findings of the report will be turned over to Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations, to consider possible disciplinary actions and possible changes to NFL protocol. Details

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Colts statement on Wells report

From the team: "The Indianapolis Colts are aware of the findings in the Wells Report and have no comment." Colts GM Ryan Grigson was among those interviewed for the report.

Wells report: 'Probable' Brady was 'generally aware'

"It also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [Jim] McNally [the Patriots' officials locker room attendant] and [John] Jastremski [a Patriots equipment assistant] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls." Details

Patriots scandal timeline

It was 108 days ago that the Patriots crushed the Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship game.


Wells report: Pats staff probably responsible

"Based on the evidence developed in connection with the investigation and summarized in this Report, we have concluded that it is more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules." Details

Schefter: Penalties coming soon

On SportsCenter, NFL Insider Adam Schefter says Tom Brady, locker room attendant Jim McNally, and equipment manager John Jastremski could face discipline within days: "Those three individuals at the heart of the investigation will face discipline." Reaction live on ESPN & WatchESPN


Robert Kraft statement

"As compelling a case as the Wells Report may try to make, I am going to rely on the factual evidence of numerous scientists and engineers rather than inferences from circumstantial evidence."

Kevin Seifert @SeifertESPN

Wells: “A contrary conclusion requires the acceptance of an implausible number of communications and events as benign coincidences."

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

NFL considering discipline for Tom Brady, locker attendant Jim McNally, equipment asst John Jastremski, per source close to investigation.