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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady poses with NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell during a news conference after NFL football's Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix, Ariz. A federal judge deflated "Deflategate" Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Judge’s NFL bashing skips judgment of Brady in ‘Deflategate’

Friday, September 4, 2015

NEW YORK — 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? U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman thoroughly trashed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the NFL disciplinary process in his Thursday ruling, but did little to cast aside the perception by some that Brady knew more than he was willing to reveal about the scheme the league has blamed on Patriots ball handlers. Berman noted that Brady’s statistics were …

Players hoping “Deflategate” can usher in change

Friday, September 4, 2015

PITTSBURGH — Tom Brady is free and Ramon Foster can’t help but laugh. Sorry, the irony is just a little too delicious. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ guard remembers joining the rest of his teammates in declining to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the NFL Players Association in the summer …

Pats coach Belichick on having Brady back: ‘He never left’

Friday, September 4, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Like every game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he’s focused on his next opponent. But he doesn’t feel like he’s got a new edge with star quarterback Tom Brady able to play in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. “He never left,” Belichick said Friday when asked how it felt …

Brady sits out after court victory, Giants top Patriots 12-9

Thursday, September 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A battle of reserves to end the preseason was fittingly decided by a backup kicker. Chris Boswell kicked four field goals and the New York Giants finished off the preseason with a 12-9 victory Thursday over …

Fans happy drawn-out ‘Deflategate’ controversy at an end

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Michael Rubeck and his father, Glenn, were about 15 feet apart outside Mimmo’s Pizza in Northampton when Michael, 10, zipped a football in his dad’s direction. The ball landed at Glenn’s feet and skipped past. The …

Judge quashes suspension in ‘Deflategate’

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — 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 …

It’s not over yet: What’s next in the ‘Deflategate’ mess

Thursday, September 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — 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.” And it’s not …

Judge rules against NFL in ‘Deflategate’; league plans appeal

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — 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 …

Proposal to ban chewing tobacco at Boston ballparks approved

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco, commonly …

Patriots ready for Brady or no Brady

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — No matter U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling, the New England Patriots are prepared to move forward with or without star quarterback Tom Brady. Brady’s fate will be decided sometime in the next few days, …

Others improved, but enough to dethrone Pats in AFC East?

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The AFC East got a lot more entertaining with one wacky, drama-filled offseason. Rex Ryan brought his bluster to Buffalo. The New York Jets cleaned house, welcomed home one of the franchise’s best players and …

Without James Develin, Patriots plan to be flexible at fullback

Monday, August 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. Sort of. “Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,” tight end Rob …

No settlement: Roger Goodell, Tom Brady await ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs …