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BEN VOLIN I Sunday FOOTBALL NOTES

NFL teams battle it out for Los Angeles

This artist's rendering provided by Carson2gether shows the exterior of a newly revised plan for a proposed stadium that would house both the Chargers and the Raiders NFL football teams.

Manica Architecture/Carson2gether via AP

The return of the NFL to LA — possibly as soon as the 2016 season — is a foregone conclusion.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/24/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/474605278.jpg Fans gather in Foxborough to support Tom Brady

Patriots fans waved signs, chanted, and wore number 12 jerseys at a rally for Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium.

Bob Ryan

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There are people who sincerely believe the Patriots have won four tainted Super Bowl championships.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/gasper-7026.jpg Robert Kraft chose legacy over team

Deflategate has become legacy Russian roulette for Roger Goodell, Kraft, and Tom Brady.

Globe Magazine | Essay

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It’s one thing to have a persecution complex and another to face the reality that everyone outside New England hates your team.

In its formal notice of appeal to the NFL, the union said it would be calling Roger Goodell (left)  as a witness in Tom Brady’s hearing.

NFL lawyers advise Roger Goodell to hear Tom Brady’s appeal

Despite the recommendation, Goodell has not notified the players’ union whether he will be the appeal hearing officer.

After a few unsuccessful attempts at securing an NFL roster spot, former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

SPORTS LOG

Michael Sam signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

Sam, the first openly gay player selected in the NFL Draft, signed a two-year contract with the Canadian Football League team.

BEN VOLIN I ON FOOTBALL

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/21/BostonGlobe.com/BCOM/Images/greenhouse_Patriots-2_sports.jpg What’s next for Tom Brady with his Deflategate appeal?

Brady has been quiet since the punishment was handed down nearly two weeks ago.

Roger Goodell wants to hear directly from Tom Brady

The NFL commissioner sounded willing to consider a reduction in punishment if Brady has “new information.”

Surveys show that Tom Brady’s consumer appeal has nosedived

Brady’s golden image apparently has been damaged by the Deflategate scandal and his tepid response to it.

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The linebacker only has $25,000 guaranteed, but could make considerably more in bonuses and incentives.

Darrelle Revis: Patriots have ‘history of doing stuff’

The former Patriots cornerback also thinks Roger Goodell should be the one to hear Tom Brady’s suspension appeal.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-7058.jpg Robert Kraft surrenders in a battle he couldn’t win

You can see this as a noble gesture by the Patriots owner if you like, but make no mistake, this is an admission of some guilt.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/19/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/462634890.jpg Robert Kraft says Patriots won’t appeal Deflategate punishment

Patriots owner Robert Kraft cited a desire to end “the rhetoric that’s gone on for the last four months.”

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2015/05/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy1-7035.jpg Now it could be Brady’s turn to take his lumps

The Patriots have reluctantly agreed to take the sanctions. It’s all about Brady now.

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The NFL could approve a team move to Los Angeles by the end of the year.

Belichick era database

INTERACTIVE DATABASE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/01/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/2004g18c-2786--90x90.JPG Patriots during the Bill Belichick era

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

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2012/02/07/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/138327411--150x150.jpg Giants break Patriots’ hearts again

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

Past seasons

2013 season recap

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/05/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_neden5_spts-10061-13863--90x90.jpg An ugly end in Denver

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