NFL Notebook

Chargers’ Antonio Gates, Jets’ Sheldon Richardson among four players suspended

Sheldon Richardson had eight sacks last season and did not miss a game in his first two seasons with the Jets.

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Gates, Richardson, and Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain were banned four games each.

State Police found Brandon Spikes’s Mercedes-Benz Maybach damaged and abandoned.

Brandon Spikes pleads guilty in hit-and-run crash

The former Patriots linebacker was sentenced to a year of probation and will lose his right to drive for one year.

The Country Club, in Brookline, is considered one of the premier golf courses in the world.

Is The Country Club too exclusive even for Tom Brady?

Brady and Gisele Bundchen reportedly want to join the 133-year-old institution, which prizes privacy and discretion.

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

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It’s another case for the union to fight the league commissioner’s license to be “judge, jury, and executioner.”

Patriots will open training camp July 30

The defending Super Bowl champions announced the schedule for their first week of preparation for the 2015 season.

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The union is displeased with the Patriots disciplining Butler for arriving late to a voluntary practice.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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The only way the Patriots quarterback can win is to have his suspension completely wiped out.

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Tuesday’s proceeding with the NFL commissioner was Brady’s opportunity to argue that his suspension is unjustifiably harsh.

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft sponsored a trip in which 19 Hall of Famers visited Israel to spread the word about football.

Rob Gronkowski cracked up ABC talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance after the Patriots won the Super Bowl.

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In new book, Rob Gronkowski explains personal finance, Belichick relationship

The tight end’s book, “It’s Good to Be Gronk,” is due to be released in July.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

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The quarterback’s quest to have his Deflategate-related suspension overturned faces long odds.

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Brady’s side will have the opportunity to question the NFL’s lead investigator during Tuesday’s proceedings in New York.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE 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.

From the archives

Super Bowl XLVI

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Look back at complete coverage of the Patriots' loss loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI.

Past seasons

2013 season recap

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Track the high and low points of the Patriots’ 2013 season before their eventual loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game.