(Reuters) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is expected this week to formally appeal his four-game suspension over his role in “Deflategate,” in what would be the latest test for a league whose sanctioning policies have come under intense scrutiny.
Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion and one of the National Football League’s marquee players, has said he will appeal the penalty, handed down on Monday for his part in deflating footballs for the AFC title game in January.
(Reuters) – The National Football League came down hard on the New England Patriots on Monday for their role in Deflategate, suspending star quarterback Tom Brady, for the first four games of next season and fining the franchise $1 million.
The NFL also said the Patriots will forfeit their first-round selection in the 2016 draft and a fourth-round pick in 2017 for using under-inflated footballs in last season’s AFC Championship game.
(Reuters) – The National Football League on Monday fined the New England Patriots $1 million for its role in “Deflategate” and will suspend star quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of next season.
The NFL also said the Patriots will forfeit their first-round selection in the 2016 draft for using under-inflated footballs in last season’s AFC Championship game.
(Reuters) – Sonya Baumstein lay in bed one sleepless night and wept softly as she pondered her upcoming attempt to cross the Pacific Ocean alone in a rowboat.
“I was just thinking about the fact that I’m going to be leaving everything that I love for a really long time,” Baumstein said of her planned 6,000-mile (9,600 km) odyssey. “And I don’t know the consequences.”
(Reuters) – At perhaps the most difficult time in his storybook football career, Tom Brady’s brand value might sag a bit with the “Deflategate” scandal but probably won’t collapse, experts say.
The New England Patriots quarterback is one of the biggest names in sports today, a four-time Super Bowl champion and three-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player who until now has kept his nose clean over 15 years in the National Football League.
(Reuters) – The agent for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Thursday called the National Football League’s “Deflategate” report “a significant and terrible disappointment” and suggested the league reached its conclusion before hearing the facts.
“Its omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later,” Don Yee said in a statement.
(Reuters) – The New England Patriots probably deliberately deflated the footballs to gain an advantage in the AFC title game in January, and quarterback Tom Brady was “at least generally aware” of the scheme, the National Football League said on Wednesday.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league would consider possible disciplinary action and what rules, if any, need to be changed.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major League Baseball’s campaign to speed up its games in the hope of winning over more young fans has shown some signs of success in the first month of the new season.
Before the season began, Rob Manfred, MLB’s new commissioner, said he wanted to reduce the amount of dead time during games without compromising the integrity of the game.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A congressional bill that would eliminate most wagering on horseracing, introduced to encourage the sport to end alleged widespread doping and cheating, was labeled on Friday by an industry leader as “a shameless publicity stunt.”
The legislation, authored by Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, and Representative Joe Pitts, a Republican from Pennsylvania, would repeal the Interstate Horseracing Act of 1978 that permits “off-track” and online wagering.
BALTIMORE (Reuters) – It was a perfect April afternoon to take in a ball game, but the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox played before a sea of 45,971 empty seats on Wednesday afternoon, setting an unenviable record of sorts in a sport driven by statistics.
After a night on turmoil in the streets of Baltimore on Monday, officials decided it was simply too difficult to assure the safety of fans coming to Camden Yards, the city’s venerable downtown stadium. The violence erupted days after the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man who suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.