Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A federal judge has overturned Tom Brady’s four-game suspension ordered by the NFL.
The decision that will allow the New England Patriots quarterback to play in the team's season opener on Sept. 10 came down Thursday morning after weeks of unsuccessful negotiating.
In a 40-page ruling, Judge Richard Berman wrote that the league gave Brady "inadequate notice" of both the potential suspension and the misconduct he was accused of, that Brady was not afforded the chance to examine one of the league's lead investigtors, and that he was denied equal access to investigative files.
"The Court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate footballs, and non-cooperation with the ensuing investigation," Berman wrote. "Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used performance enhancing drugs."
Berman did not, however, agree with Brady's claims that Goodell was "evidently partial," that the evidence of ball deflation used to suspend him was not present in the report compiled by Wells, or that Goodell was "locked into" supporting the Wells report based on prior praise regarding the report's reliability.
Brady had been fighting the four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the "Deflategate" accusation that stemmed from the last year's playoffs.
Brady's suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied against the New England Patriots. The suspension was then upheld by the NFL in July. The punishment revolves around the deflation of footballs used during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18. The Patriots won that game 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Temperatures are running hot at this year’s U.S. Open, causing players like Thanasi Kokkinakis to forfeit their match. But tempers are running high, as well.
There was no love between 23-year-old CoCo Vandeweghe and her tennis racket Wednesday night when she not only lost her cool, but also her match.
The up-and-coming U.S. sensation is making shockwaves on social media, conjuring up images of some of the most epic courtside meltdowns: Andy Roddick’s racket rage; repeat offender, tennis bad boy John McEnroe; Andre Agassi’s words with a ref at the U.S. Open in 1990; and Serena Williams, who memorably mouthed off to a ref during a match at the Open in 2009.
Earlier this year, the world’s No. 1 tennis player, Novak Djokovic, apologized after his a fiery moment that frightened a young ball boy. Djokovic posted an apology on Facebook.
As for Vandeweghe and her tennis racket tantrum, it didn’t help her in the long run. She still lost her second round match, missing out on an opportunity to face Serena Williams in the next round.
She admitted after the match she was already looking toward that match in her head. She also said she watched the incident several times on television and said she did it out of nervous energy and pent-up frustration.
Photo by Horsephotos/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The owner of American Pharoah has decided to continue racing the Triple Crown-winning horse even after his loss in last month's Travers Stakes.
"I have decided to continue to race American Pharoah," Ahmed Zayat wrote on Twitter, "The champ deserves another chance!" In a statement to ESPN, Zayat said that American Pharoah's ownership team is looking at the Breeders' Cup Classic for the horse's next competition.
"Not a moment has gone by since the race on Saturday when I have not thought about this decision," Zayat continued. "My initial concern right after the race was about American Pharoah's condition, because he did not run his 'A' race."
"After examining all the evidence and talking it over with our team...I believe there were a combination of factors that prevented American Pharoah from running his absolute best on Saturday. I have every confidence that he can run to his best again, and he deserves the chance to do so," Zayat concluded.
The horse's loss in the Travers Stakes was his first since his career debut. His victories at the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes made him the sport's 12th Triple Crown winner.
Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images(DARLINGTON, S.C.) — Kasey Kahne is one of the drivers who will be turning back the clock this weekend at South Carolina's Darlington Raceway.
Hendrick Motorsports Wednesday revealed a throwback paint scheme that will be featured on Kahne’s car. The red-and-white No. 5 HendrickRideAlong.com Chevrolet SS will pay homage to the car driven by Geoff Bodine in 1984, the first year Hendrick Motorsports — then known as All-Star Racing — participated in the Cup Series.
In a story posted on the organization’s website, Kahne says it’s “neat” to take part in the tribute.
“There has been so much history at Hendrick Motorsports with wins and championships, and to go back to when it started with All-Star Racing, Geoff Bodine and kind of that paint scheme — to drive that car is great,” he adds.
Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio State University quarterback Cardale Jones was taken to a hospital on Wednesday night after suffering from a severe headache.
The Columbus Dispatch reported the hospitalization, saying that Jones was believed to have been dealing with a migraine.
Jones led the Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship in the first ever College Football Playoff. He has been in competition with J.T. Barrett for the starting quarterback role with the team's opener scheduled for Monday night against Virginia Tech.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the latest scores and winners:
INTERLEAGUE Texas 4, San Diego 3, 10 Innings
AMERICAN LEAGUE L.A. Angels 9, Oakland 4 N-Y Yankees 13, Boston 8 Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 6, 11 Innings Toronto 5, Cleveland 1 Minnesota 3, Chi White Sox 0 Kansas City 12, Detroit 1 Seattle 8, Houston 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE Miami 7, Atlanta 3 Cincinnati 7, Chi Cubs 4 N-Y Mets 9, Philadelphia 4 Milwaukee 9, Pittsburgh 4 Washington 4, St. Louis 3 Colorado 9, Arizona 4 L.A. Dodgers 2, San Francisco 1
Kelvin Herrera (L), Photo by Cliff McBride/Getty Images / Alex Rios (R), Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Royals hold baseball's best record, but after a pair of players were diagnosed with the chickenpox on Tuesday, the team is working to prevent the disease from spreading further.
The Kansas City Star reported that outfielder Alex Rios and relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera both have the virus and could miss about two weeks' worth of games. The two were each quarantined at their homes while the team worked to ensure their players and staff are inoculated against the disease.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the disease, which is more common among children, is more dangerous when contracted by adults.
The spread of certain diseases is not uncommon in professional sports locker rooms. Last year, an outbreak of the mumps affected 18 National Hockey League players on five different teams.
SeanPavonePhoto/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The city of Los Angeles launched a bid on Tuesday to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, just weeks after an expected bid by the city of Boston fell apart.
According to the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to support a bid to bring the games back to California. The 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta were the most recent games in the U.S.
The bid, announced by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, USOC Chairman Larry Probst, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun, and other city officials and representatives, is called "environmentally sustainable" and would feature the vast majority of proposed venues within 30 minutes travel of the proposed Athletes' Village.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Los Angeles as our U.S. bid city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," Blackmun said in a statement. "L.A. has proven experience in hosting the Games, and knows how to deliver world-class events for athletes and an extraordinary experience for fans."
Garcetti called it "an honor for any city to host the Olympic Games," and said his city was "uniquely prepared for this task."
L.A. has previously hosted the Summer Games in 1932 and 1984.
The announcement comes just two weeks before the September 15 deadline for cities to submit bids to the International Olympic Committee.
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former professional wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka was charged with murder on Tuesday in the 1983 death of his girlfriend.
According to charging documents from a court in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Snuka faces with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges. He was arrested in New Jersey on Tuesday and posted bail later that day.
Snuka, who had been at a World Wrestling Federation taping at the Allentown Fairgrounds at the time of his girlfriend Nancy Argentino's death, told police shortly afterwards that he had returned to the couple's Whitehall Township hotel room to find her unresponsive in bed. She was pronounced dead at a hospital several hours later.