Judge rules against NFL, drops Tom Brady’s four-game ban

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady arrived at federal court in New York on Monday.


The Patriots QB can suit up for his team’s season opener after a judge erased his four-game suspension for Deflategate.

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The judge did not examine the scientific conclusions of the Wells Report, but instead focused on Tom Brady’s legal rights.

Will Travaris Cadet (right) be the one taking handoffs on third down this season? Thursday’s game may give us a clue.


Five things to watch in Patriots-Giants game

You won’t see much of the first string in the final exhibition game Thursday, but there are still questions to be answered.

Yankees 13, Red Sox 8

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New York won the rubber game of a three-game set at Fenway Park.


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That was even before he allowed seven runs over 1 innings to the Yankees Wednesday.

Red Sox notebook

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Injuries and a lack of depth at Triple A have left the team without many viable candidates.

Alex Speier

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The righthander’s overall season has been poor, but the last two games have showed the talent is still there.


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Given the Celtics’ youth movement, Pierce might not have fit in Boston’s plans.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/08/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/468629916-7297.jpg Patrice Bergeron says Bruins need to build consistency

The veteran center said if the Bruins want to work on consistency as a team, everyone has to be better.

 Billy Horschel didn’t let his miscue on his final hole of the Deutche Bank Championship last year affect his play.

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Billy Horschel knows how to rebound

The PGA veteran overcame a bad shot on the 18th hole at TPC Boston last year to win his next two tournaments.


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A broken hand forced the defending champion to miss nine weeks this summer.

Despite missing two games with a broken leg, UMass QB Blake Frohnapfel made first-team All-MAC last year.


UMass puts its hopes in Blake Frohnapfel’s hands

The graduate-student quarterback put up big numbers in all but one category last year: wins.

Boston College coach Steve Addazio expects a tough battle when his team takes on Maine on Saturday.


BC football opens at home against Maine

The Eagles have won their last five meetings against the Black Bears.

Harvard loses star guard Siyani Chambers for the season

Chambers tore the ACL in his left knee this summer and will take a leave of absence.

Old Rochester athletic director Bill Tilden (far right) and principal Michael Devoll show off the Dalton Trophy with coaches and athletes in front of the student section, the dog pound, at ORR.

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Globe announces 43d Scholastic Awards

Old Rochester is one of 10 schools honored for athletic success in 2014-15.

Bills running back LeSean McCoy rushed for 1,319 yards with the Eagles last season.

NFL Notebook

Bills’ LeSean McCoy may miss opener

The newly acquired running back remains slowed by a knee injury, according to an ESPN report.

Kevin Paul Dupont

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Read his recent “On Second Thought” columns and more features from the longtime Globe writer.

Belichick era database


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Look back on the Boston Globe’s coverage of every game the Patriots have played since Bill Belichick became the head coach in 2000.