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Brady wins appeal, 4-game suspension lifted

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."

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.

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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?

Who can actually win the College Football Playoff? (1:45)
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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.

Which teams are on upset alert in Week 1 of college football? (1:23)
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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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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."


League to appeal Tom Brady ruling

The Patriots QB won't have to serve a four-game suspension for Deflategate, a ruling the NFL will "definitely" appeal, a league source told ESPN's Andrew Brandt. Live on ESPN


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Berman backhands NFL: “A player's right to notice is at the heart of the CBA and, for that matter, our criminal and civil justice systems.”

Field Yates @FieldYates

Aside from Malcolm Butler, Judge Richard Berman has now forced the most significant turnover in Patriots franchise history.

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.


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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Todd Archer @toddarcher

So much for that Eastern Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois matchup in Week 4 of Romo vs. Garoppolo.

NFLPA responds to Brady ruling

Via their website, the NFL Players Association said, in part: "This decision should prove, once and for all, that our Collective Bargaining Agreement does not grant this Commissioner the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading. ... We are happy for the victory of the rule of law for our players and our fans."

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Pats now able to get back to football

Tom Brady's suspension was overturned. What's it like at Patriots headquarters right now? It is a day of vindication, writes Mike Reiss. Sweet victory

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Watch: Brady reaction on ESPN

Adam Schefter on SportsCenter: "Tom Brady expected this. Tom Brady did think he was going to win." Coverage on ESPN

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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.


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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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."


Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

While it's a hit to the NFL process, the league still gets Brady starting on opening night vs the Steelers. A ratings bonanza.

Deflategate timeline

  • Jan. 18: Allegations begin with AFC Championship Game
  • May 6: Wells report finds "more probable than not" that Patriots personnel deliberately deflated footballs
  • May 11: Brady suspended 4 games, Pats fined $1 million and docked 2 draft picks
  • July 28: Brady suspension upheld by NFL
  • Today: Judge Berman nullifies Brady suspension

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Schefter: Expect NFL to appeal ruling

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


How having Tom Brady impacts Patriots

No surprise: New England's chances in each of its first four games are better with Brady than without him, according to ESPN's NFL Football Power Index.


Judge overturns Tom Brady's suspension

The Patriots' season opener is one week away -- and Brady will be available at QB after his four-game ban for Deflategate was nullified today. Story

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In decision, Judge Berman refers to Wells report as an "independent" investigation. With quotes. Ouch.

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In decision, Judge Berman hammers phrase "generally aware." Said he had "some difficulty understanding the meaning" of the NFL's term.