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Brady's 4-game suspension lifted; NFL to appeal

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."

Skip: This is an enormous blow to the absolute power of the commissioner (2:25)
Adam Schefter: Brady ruling 'a slap in the face of the NFL' (1:08)
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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.

NBA impersonator back at it, this time with Ginobili (0:30)
Who can actually win the College Football Playoff? (1:45)
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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?

Disguised Ole Miss coach does "Whip/Nae Nae" (0:33)
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CourtCast: Azarenka advances at Open

No. 20 Victoria Azarenka passed a tough test from Yanina Wickmayer on 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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The NYCFC Pirlo conundrum (2:30)
3hArash Markazi

These famous typewriters keep history alive

Steve Soboroff's typewriter collection -- with keys pushed by Joe DiMaggio, Ernest Hemingway, Maya Angelou and others -- is truly fascinating, and so is the story behind it, Arash Markazi writes.

Van Pelt: Past three days for Redskins novel-worthy (1:03)
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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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10hAaron Schatz

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.

13-year-old's wild 70-yard punt return (0:31)
The dizzy golf challenge (0:30)
Marine asks Ronda Rousey to Marine ball (0:33)
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1dHoward Bryant

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.

Jerry Jones reminds Romo he hasn't proved anything (1:09)


Roger Goodell statement on Brady ruling

"We are grateful to Judge Berman for hearing this matter, but respectfully disagree with today's decision. We will appeal today's ruling in order to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. The commissioner's responsibility to secure the competitive fairness of our game is a paramount principle, and the league and our 32 clubs will continue to pursue a path to that end. While the legal phase of this process continues, we look forward to focusing on football and the opening of the regular season. "


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."


Watch: Brady reaction on ESPN

Jackie MacMullan on SportsCenter: "I'm surprised. I didn't think that this would ever be overturned." Coverage on ESPNews, WatchESPN

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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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Watch: Day 4 at the US Open

Victoria Azarenka is already on the court, where she's got a 1-set lead in her second-round match. Also playing today is No. 2 seed Simona Halep, No. 3 Andy Murray and No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, who's looking to close out the first set. Coverage on ESPN/WatchESPN


D.R. looks to avoid critical loss

Fresh off their win over Panama yesterday, the Dominican Republic takes on Uruguay, trying to solidify a spot in the second round of FIBA Americas. Live on ESPN3


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A federal judge overturned the NFL's four-game suspension of Tom Brady in the Deflategate case, issuing a 40-page ruling that criticized commissioner Roger Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice." [Credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer]

Kiper big on South Carolina's Cooper
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If there's one player to keep an eye on between the Gamecocks and the Tar Heels, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. says it's SC's Pharoh Cooper.

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Mike Sando NFL Insider 

If integrity of the game were truly the NFL's top priority in the Deflategate matter, all the league had to do before the AFC title game was put into place stricter protocols moving forward.

Fantasy impact of Brady ruling

Field Yates said on SportsCenter of Tom Brady's fantasy stock after his four-game suspension was overturned: "I had him at QB10, you can push him up to QB6 and he's certainly right on the heels of Drew Brees for QB5." Play for free

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Schefter: The NFL's 'ship crashed'

ESPN's Adam Schefter discusses how the NFL's preparation ultimately doomed the league in the case.


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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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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NFL opener still missing key players

The Sep. 10 game between the Steelers and Patriots still will be lacking some star power. Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will miss the game after substance-abuse suspensions dating back to an incident together in the 2014 preseason. Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended four games as well, but is currently appealing that decision.

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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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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."


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NFL would have to provide permission for Patriots to reinstate suspended employees John Jastremski and Jim McNally.

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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Chris Low ESPN Senior Staff Writer 

Weird dynamic here in Salt Lake City. All the focus nationally is obviously on Jim Harbaugh's debut at Michigan, but it's also probably the biggest nonconference home game in Utah's history. Utes have all the motivation they need as the "forgotten ones."