Ben Volin | On football

The Deflategate drama keeps chugging on

US District Judge Richard M. Berman is expected to rule on Tom Brady’s lawsuit vs. the NFL on Friday, but a ruling could come as early as Monday.

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Tom Brady and Roger Goodell are both due in court Monday, and the sides still aren’t close to a settlement.

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Three exhibition games down, there’s a cutdown Tuesday and one preseason game left.

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The receiver said though the playbook isn’t pleasure reading, he’s jumped right in.

BEN VOLIN I SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

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One popular suggestion is to have a panel of, say, six arbitrators — three submitted by the NFL, three by the union.

PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK

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Belichick said the competition between the offensive and defensive line has been fierce throughout training camp.

PATRIOTS GAME REPORT

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Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo each rushed for 18 yards in the 17-16 victory over the Panthers.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

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The Sports Museum is hoping to expand its anti-bullying campaign to more schools across Mass.

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An MRI provided good news for the rookie defensive lineman, as he avoided a potentially devastating injury.

New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12) looks to pass against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

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BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Finally, a feel-good moment for Tom Brady

The Patriots’ beleaguered quarterback has a preseason breakthrough, leading a TD drive against the Panthers.

Patriots 17, Panthers 16

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With the offense struggling, the return of Jerod Mayo sparked the Patriots in a lackluster first half.

Video

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The Patriots tight end’s wife posted a video of his children cheering wildly when he scored against the Panthers Friday.

Patriots Notebook

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Valuable fullback James Develin suffered a potential season-ending injury on Friday.

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The ESPN reporter said the Krafts apologized to him for his Deflate report; the Patriots president disagrees.

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Running back Dion Lewis seeks to continue strong play as Patriots get set to face Carolina.

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.