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May 15, 2015

Patriots’ star Brady appeals four-game ‘Deflategate’ suspension

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on Thursday formally appealed a four-game suspension for his role in “Deflategate” after his team, one of America’s most high-profile sports franchises, delivered a blistering rebuttal of an NFL investigation into the matter.

The NFL players union, which filed the appeal on behalf of Brady, called for an independent arbitrator to hear the case involving one of the NFL’s marquee players.

May 14, 2015

Patriots deliver blistering rebuttal on ‘Deflategate’ probe

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The New England Patriots on Thursday delivered a blistering rebuttal of the NFL investigation into how footballs were deflated below league standards in the AFC title game.

In a website created to dispute the findings of the scandal known as “Deflategate,” the Patriots said the conclusions in the report were “incomplete, incorrect and lack context.”

May 13, 2015

Patriots fans want to help pay NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ fine

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – The loyal fans of the New England Patriots, angered by the suspension of Tom Brady and $1 million fine levied against the team for the “Deflategate” scandal, have opened a fund-raising drive to help the team pay the bill.

A Patriots fan looking to raise money to pay the fine created a GoFundMe web page titled “Paying the bill of the PATRIOTS,” and as of Wednesday morning fans had donated $13,538.

May 13, 2015

Brady and NFL prepare to battle over ‘Deflategate’ suspension

By Steve Ginsburg and Steve Keating

(Reuters) – The National Football League’s hardline stance on Tom Brady and his role in “Deflategate” sparked predictions on Tuesday that the star quarterback could see his four-game suspension reduced through an appeal.

The severity of the punishment for the New England Patriots star combined with a spate of overturned NFL sanctions bode well for Brady in the appeals process, experts said.

May 12, 2015

NFL again under scrutiny with Brady poised to appeal suspension

By Steve Ginsburg

(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.

May 12, 2015

NFL suspends Brady for four games, hits Patriots hard for ‘Deflategate’

By Steve Ginsburg

(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.

May 11, 2015

NFL fines Patriots $1 million, suspends Brady in ‘Deflategate’

By Steve Ginsburg

(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.

May 11, 2015

U.S. female rower readies for solo Pacific Ocean odyssey

By Steve Ginsburg

(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.”

May 8, 2015

Even with ‘Deflategate,’ the Brady brand may hold up to pressure

By Steve Ginsburg

(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.

May 7, 2015

Agent for Patriots QB Brady says NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ probe flawed

By Steve Ginsburg

(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.