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Sports Report: Brady Gets First Real Win For Patriots In Deflategate Case



The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots have their first victory of the 2015 season. A judge overturned star quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension, allowing him to play in the season opener next Thursday night against Pittsburgh. The NFL says it will appeal the matter known as "Deflategate."

Tom Brady was not in uniform last night for the New England Patriots' final preseason game, a 12-9 loss to the New York Giants. Several fans chanted "BRADY, BRADY," when the team came out of the locker room into the bowl of the stadium, but the quarterback was nowhere to be seen.

Meanwhile in NFL preseason play, the Giants topped New England 12-9, the Jets bested Philadelphia 24-18, and Detroit bested Buffalo 17-10.


In baseball, in the American League, the White Sox beat Minnesota 6-4, and it was Kansas City over Detroit 15-7.

In the National League, Washington crushed Atlanta 15-1 to bring them ½ game closer to the Mets 6 game lead in the NL East. Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 5-3, Colorado defeated San Francisco 11-3, and it was San Diego over the Dodgers 10-7.

The Red Sox had a day off and will start a series in Philadelphia, the Yankees had a day off and start a series against Tampa Bay, and the Mets had a day off and will start a series in Miami tonight.


No. 2 TCU beat Minnesota 23-17, No. 16 Georgia Tech destroyed Alcorn State 69-6, and it was No. 22 Arizona over UTSA 42-32.

Fifth-ranked Michigan State opens its season tonight on the road against Western Michigan out of the Mid-American Conference. Western Michigan has never beaten a ranked football team and will need a lot to go its way to change that record.

UConn held off Villanova from the championship subdivision 20-15 last night in the season opener for both teams. Bryant Shirreffs threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns in his first start. Tight end Tommy Myers had a 14-yard touchdown catch on UConn's opening drive and set up a touchdown on the first drive of the second half with a 69-yard catch and run.


Andy Murray rallied from down two sets to win his second-round match at the U.S. Open.

The third-seeded Murray beat 35th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, dominating the last three sets. Murray is 35-1 in Grand Slam second-round matches, with the only loss coming in his U.S. Open debut a decade ago.

It was the eighth time in his career Murray came back to win from two sets.

French Open champ Stan Wawrinka made it into the third round, but not without a battle. He was pushed to a 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 win over 19-year old Chung Hyeon.

Andy Murray rallied from down two sets to win his second-round match at the U.S. Open. The third-seeded Murray beat 35th-ranked Adrian Mannarino 5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1, dominating the last three sets.

Lleyton Hewitt couldn't keep his last U.S. Open going a little longer. The 2001 champ rallied from two sets down and had a pair of match points but wasn't able to complete the comeback, losing to fellow Australian Bernard Tomic 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5 in near 3 1/2 hours in a second round match. Hewitt has announced he plans on retiring following next January's Australian Open.

Men's second seed, Roger Federer, cruised into the third round by beating Steve Darcis in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.

On the women's side, 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Caroline Wozniacki lost to 149th-ranked Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (1).

Second seed Simona Halep advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kateryna Bondarenko. Petra Kvitova, the fifth seed, easily beat a second straight opponent ranked outside the top 100, pounding American Nicole Gibbs 6-3, 6-4 in 70 minutes to reach the third round.

Tonight at 7, Serena Williams will face off against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and continue her pursuit of winning four Grand Slams in one season, the first since Steffi Graf in 1988.

A New York City teacher has been arrested for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats at the U.S Open. Police say 26-year-old Daniel Verley faces charges of reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of prescribed area.

The drone buzzed over the court in Louis Armstrong Stadium Thursday night before crashing into the seats. A U.S. Tennis Association spokesman said no one was injured. The black device flew diagonally through the arena during the next-to-last game of a second-round match that 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy won 6-1, 6-4 over Monica Niculescu of Romania. It wasn't immediate clear if Verley had an attorney who could comment on the charges on his behalf.

Horse Racing:

The owner of American Pharoah says the Triple Crown winner will run again before he is retired at the end of the year. Ahmed Zayat tweeted "The champ deserves another chance!"

After American Pharoah finished second in the Travers Stakes on Saturday Zayat said his "gut feeling" was retirement. But after a four-hour meeting with trainer Bob Baffert and others, Zayat decided to keep going.

American Pharoah has won eight of 10 races and earned nearly $6 million.


The PGA of America will not hold its Grand Slam of Golf for the major champions this year. The 36-hole exhibition was supposed to be played in October at Trump National in Los Angeles. The PGA and Donald Trump agreed that it would move away from Trump's course after he received criticism for his remarks about Mexican immigrants while launching his candidacy for U.S. president.

The PGA had been looking for a replacement golf course with suitable dates but now says it will cancel the event because of the timing and logistics required to stage the exhibition at the "highest standards."


ESPN says commentator Curt Schilling won't appear on the air for the next month in the wake of his anti-Muslim tweet. ESPN says Schilling won't be on telecasts for the rest of the regular season or the American League wild-card game on October 6th.

Formula One:

Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton is giving serious thought to the possibility of closed cockpits, in the wake of the recent death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson. Wilson died a week and a half ago after being hit in the helmet by debris from another car. That came a month after F1 driver Jules Bianchi died following nine months in a coma from a massive head injury in a crash last October. Hamilton says he knows after decades of open-wheel, open cockpit racing, it's tough to change minds.


In the WNBA playoffs, Chicago beat New York 82-60, Tulsa topped Seattle 85-67, and it was Los Angeles over Washington 93-91.


A professional hockey player faces sentencing for being part of an illegal sports betting business that took wagers from other players.

Nathan Paetsch is expected to receive eight months of home confinement, as well as community service and probation in federal court in Rochester Friday. The 32-year-old accepted a plea agreement in June which will also require him to forfeit $265,000.

Paetsch played the last three seasons in the American Hockey League. Before that, he spent part of five seasons with the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres, through 2010. Authorities say he was involved with a gambling operation that took bets through offshore websites, placing wagers himself and receiving credit when he recruited fellow players and others to bet.

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