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Jordan Spieth wants Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension reduced, QB to play Game 4 vs. Cowboys 09.01.15 at 7:44 pm ET
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Jordan Spieth threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night's Red Sox-Yankees game. (WEEI.com)

Jordan Spieth threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s Red Sox-Yankees game. (WEEI.com)

This year’s Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth is also a die hard Cowboys fan, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t like the Patriots and Tom Brady.

“I root for the Pats outside the Cowboys,” Spieth said at Fenway Park before throwing out the first pitch Tuesday night. “I root for the Pats in the AFC. Obviously I am a die hard Cowboys fan. I root for my hometown.”

So what will he do when the Patriots play the Cowboys Oct. 11, which would also be the potential fourth game of Brady’s four-game suspension?

“Well, I am going to root for the Cowboys. I hope Brady’s back by then and I hope it’s a fair fight and I hope my ‘boys pull it off,” he said.

Spieth, who is in town for this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, threw out the first pitch to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly, who also hosted PGA Tour golfer Rickie Fowler at the park Tuesday, as he was on the field during batting practice in full Red Sox gear. Spieth was a pitcher growing up before stopping playing right before high school.

Although he golfs right-handed, he throws lefty. He said his dad, who is also a lefty, played college baseball and taught him to throw left-handed. He hits right-handed because he was taught how to hit facing his left-handed throwing dad.

“A little bit of movement on a fastball,” Spieth said of his pitching. “I could never really throw it hard or by anybody so I just hoped they swung and missed.”

Spieth spent some time before entering the park on Lansdowne Street soaking in the atmosphere. He said he roots for the Red Sox besides his hometown Rangers and his favorite player on the Red Sox is David Ortiz.

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Steelers LB James Harrison expects Roger Goodell to prevail over Tom Brady 09.01.15 at 1:24 pm ET
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Steelers linebacker James Harrison has his problems with commissioner Roger Goodell in the past, but in the Deflategate case he’s on his side.

Harrison doesn’t believe Judge Richard Berman can overrule Goodell and Tom Brady‘s four-game suspension.

“To be honest with you,”€ Harrison said via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I don’t see what a federal judge can do with something the players signed in the collective bargaining agreement, which gives Roger Goodell (power) to do what he wants to. And if that’s the case and he’s going by the letter of what he says, there’s nothing (a judge) can do.”

Harrison called Goodell a “crook”€ and “devil”€ in a 2011 magazine interview and in the same interview said, “If [Goodell] was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’€™t do it. I hate him and will never respect him.”

Harrison’s Steelers play the Patriots in the first game of the season, Sept. 10 at Gillette Stadium.

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Michael McCann on D&C: NFL’s reported deal to Tom Brady ‘maybe the worst offer I’ve ever heard’ 09.01.15 at 9:47 am ET
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Michael McCann

Michael McCann

Sports Illustrated legal expert Michael McCann checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss the latest Deflategate developments and what is likely next in the case after Judge Richard Berman rules. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

On Monday it was reported the NFL would be willing to cut Tom Brady’s suspension to three games if he admitted guilt. McCann said if the offer was true it was one of the worst he’s ever heard.

“It’s maybe the worst offer I’ve ever heard,” McCann said, “That offer, they had to have made it knowing there’s zero percent chance that Tom Brady would take it. If they had offered a more nuance admission — you admit to reckless behavior in terms of your cooperation, something like that, maybe that’s a start. But to expect he’s going to admit to the Wells Report is really absurd.”

“First of all, that offer is really ridiculous,” he added. “Why even make that offer? What kind of concession is that if it’s three games plus an admission of fault. There’s absolutely no reason for Tom Brady to take that and I am sure Judge Berman at a minimum disappointed to hear that if it turns out to be true, that’s the best offer the NFL has made after literally weeks of settlement conferences that that’s all they could come up with. I don’t know if Judge Berman is going to rule against the NFL because of that, but it’s yet another factor to say, ‘Look, I know the NFL will appeal if I vacate the order, but I think it’s the right thing to do.'”

Judge Berman is expected to rule as early as Tuesday and no later than Friday on the case. McCann went over all the different scenarios.

“If he rules for Brady, Tom Brady plays,” McCann said. “The NFL would then file an appeal to the U.S. court of appeals for the second circuit. That would take at least months to play out. Even an expedited review, that would take 2-3 months. A normal review would go to next summer. During that time Tom Brady would not be suspended. He would play. The NFL would hope an appeals court later on reverses and then Tom Brady would be suspended at that point. The other scenario would be Judge Berman rules for the NFL. In that scenario Tom Brady would immediately seek a stay.

“A stay would be a manner in which the suspension is not carried about until his appeal is decided so that would again take months. Brady would first go to Judge Berman. He would petition for a stay and if that fails he would then go to the second circuit. He would have to show a reputable harm. Reputable harm would be, ‘Look, I’m never getting these four games back. They can’t be replayed.’ The NFL would say, ‘Well, you’re really missing the point Tom. It’s about missed game checks.’ They would go back and forth. There’s also a possibility Berman could vacate the suspension, but then the NFL says, ‘Well, vacating the suspension doesn’t mean we can’t repunish Tom Brady. All vacating the suspension means is that Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold the suspension has been lifted.

“I think Judge Berman — if he orders for Tom Brady, will also say the NFL is barred from having Roger Goodell hear another hearing from Tom Brady again.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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Report: Tom Brady was willing to accept 1-game suspension 08.31.15 at 10:05 pm ET
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Earlier Monday the NFL gave their side, now it appears the NFLPA and Tom Brady are giving their side.

After it was reported the NFL was willing to take a game off of Brady’s four-game suspension, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Brady was open to accepting a one-game suspension for not cooperating with Ted Wells’ investigation.

With the sides clearly far apart, no settlement was reached Monday with the two sides meeting in court with Judge Richard Berman.

The report added the door remains open for a settlement with Berman expected to rule sometime this week.

The Patriots open the regular season a week from Thursday at Gillette Stadium against the Steelers.

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LeGarrette Blount not thinking about missing season-opener vs. Steelers 08.31.15 at 6:56 pm ET
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LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount

FOXBORO — LeGarrette Blount is one of a hand full of players who won’t be on the field at Gillette Stadium Sept. 10 for the NFL’s season-opener when the Patriots host the Steelers.

Blount has been suspended one game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The sixth-year running back says he isn’t thinking about it.

“I’m not even thinking that far ahead,” Blount said Monday. “I am focused on making sure I get better and making sure I am doing everything I can to maximize every opportunity I am going to get. Besides that, that’s the only thing on my mind right now.”

With the start of the regular-season so close, some minds might start to look ahead to the games that count, but Blount said he and the team aren’t doing that as there is still work left to be done in the preseason, especially for Blount with him missing Week 1.

“If you’re focused on getting better and what you have to do it’s not hard at all,” he said. “You can only get better. You can only take it a day at a time. You can’t waste your time focusing on things that are two weeks away.”

Blount will miss the opening game against his former team, the Steelers, who released him late November of last year after he walked off the field in the middle of a game. The Patriots then signed him a few days later. He said the hardest part about missing the game is making sure he’s ready for his return in Week 2 when the team travels to Buffalo to face the Bills.

“I just have to make sure I am ready,” he said. “I have to make sure I am good and I stay on top of my game, on top of the offense, on top of all the opportunities I am hoping to get. So as long as I stay good and in shape I am going to be good.”

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Bill Belichick on D&H: ‘This is really 3 weeks in row we haven’t been very good on offense’ 08.31.15 at 5:30 pm ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale & Holley with Thornton on Monday for his weekly appearance and talked about this time of the year in terms of roster cuts and how the team has performed through the first three preseason games. To hear the interview, go to the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

The Patriots’ offense, particularly Tom Brady and the starters, have struggled this preseason. Brady’s only points of the three preseason games came on the final drive of the first half Friday night in Carolina where Scott Chandler caught a touchdown pass from Brady to cap off a nice two-minute style drive.

Other than that drive, the offense has looked out of sync and has lacked rhythm and flow.

“This is really three weeks in row we haven’t been very good on offense,” Belichick said. “We weren’t really competitive in the first two games in any part of it and then this week against Carolina we weren’t very competitive offensively so we have to find a way to play a little better than that.”

Second-year defensive lineman Dominique Easley made two big plays Friday night — a sack of Cam Newton and also a tackle in the backfield for a loss. Easley’s play has drawn the attention of Belichick.

“He’s an explosive player that is very disruptive,” Belichick said. “Really I thought his best play in the game and one of the best plays that I’ve seen from our plays was when he tackled [Cam] Newton. That guy is hard to get on the ground and he really didn’t have a good shot at him. We’ve had a lot of players that have had better shots at quarterbacks than he did, but he was able to get a hand on him and drag him down. That was an impressive play. Dominique has had a really good training camp and I think he had a good spring and it’s been good to see him play. He’s played to a good level.”

By 4 p.m. Tuesday all NFL teams need to get their rosters down to 75 players. Belichick admitted it’s hard to release players, but everyone knows it’s part of the job.

“It’s hard,” he said. “It’s hard to tell guys that you can’t keep them and they’ve done everything we’ve asked them to do. In some cases they’ve helped you win a lot of games in the past. For each player that I have to release, I feel like I have to do what is best for the other 52 guys on the roster and nobody can really be entitled to anything. They have to earn it. They earn it based on their performance and they all know that.”

Here are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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Report: NFL willing to cut Tom Brady suspension to 3 games if he admitted guilt in Deflategate 08.31.15 at 4:10 pm ET
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It’s becoming more and more clear just how far apart the NFLPA and the NFL were in their negotiations in settling Tom Brady‘s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

According to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, the NFL never made a formal settlement offer, but indicated they were willing to cut the suspension to three games if Brady admitted Deflategate guilt.

Brady and the NFLPA have indicated they wouldn’t accept any penalty that had the quarterback admitting guilt.

The two sides met again with Judge Richard Berman in New York Monday, but a settlement was not reached. Berman said he will rule on the case at some point this week.

The Patriots’ regular season opener is a week from Thursday against the Steelers.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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