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Patriots up for 5 ESPY awards, including Tom Brady for Best NFL Player 07.05.15 at 12:29 pm ET
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The 2015 ESPYs will be held July 15 and the Patriots are up for five awards at the annual event.

Best coach/manager: Bill Belichick
Best game: Super Bowl XLIX
Best NFL player: Tom Brady
Best comeback athlete: Rob Gronkowski
Best play: Malcolm Butler interception

Fans can vote on the winners, by clicking here.

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Patriots celebrate their own ‘fourth’ on Instagram 07.04.15 at 1:24 pm ET
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By winning their fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history this past February, the Patriots are celebrating a little different than everyone else this Fourth of July.

The team posted this photo to Instagram on July 3.

#FBF That other time we celebrated the fourth. #Patriots

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Ex-Patriot Brandon Spikes pleads guilty in car crash, sentenced to 1-year probation 07.01.15 at 1:07 pm ET
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On Wednesday, former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty to three counts of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in personal injury for the car incident he was involved in last month.

Spikes was speeding and driving negligently when he crashed his 2011 Mercedes Maybach into the back of a Nissan Murano on I-495 in Foxboro early in the morning on June 7.

He was sentenced to one-year probation plus a $1,000 fine and a surcharge, while he also lost his license for a year. Several other charges were continued without a finding, including charges of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle.

The incident sent three occupants of the other vehicle to the hospital with minor injuries. Spikes’ Maybach had called an emergency assistance service claiming to have struck a deer, but responding officers found no evidence of a deer.

The Patriots released Spikes the Monday morning after the incident.

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NFL VP Troy Vincent criticizes NFLPA for taking cases challenging Roger Goodell’s rulings to court 06.30.15 at 9:58 am ET
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In an interview with ESPN’s Ashley Fox, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent was critical of the NFLPA in their decisions to take cases to court when challenging rulings set by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Vincent is referring to cases involving Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and potentially Tom Brady.

“Look at the amount of money being spent on legal fees for a handful of people,” said Vincent. “It’s millions and millions of dollars, and we’ve got players that are hurting. We’ve got young men who don’t know how to identify a good financial adviser. Men are in transition who aren’t doing well, and yet $8-10 million a year is spent in court fees about who should make a decision on someone, who in some cases has committed a crime.

“Think about that logically. Wouldn’t it be better to spend our time and resources on the issues that are vital to our players — past, present and future — such as the players’ total wellness and growing the game together?”

Vincent was the one who imposed the four-game suspension on Brady for his role in Deflategate. He defended his decision to Fox.

“Somebody has to protect the integrity of the game,” Vincent said. “That’s my responsibility, to protect and preserve the competitive fairness of professional football. That’s why our game is so great, because we protect the integrity of the game.”

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Report: Post-hearing briefs in Tom Brady appeal due late next week 06.24.15 at 4:40 pm ET
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According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the post-hearing briefs in Tom Brady‘s appeal are due late next week. The decision from commissioner Roger Goodell will come afterwards.

There is no word on a time frame for his decision. Garafolo notes just because Goodell has the briefs, it doesn’t mean a ruling will come shortly after, it means he has more to digest.

Brady and his legal team met with Goodell and the NFL’s legal team for more than 10 hours on Tuesday, as Brady was appealing his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

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Ian Rapoport on MFB: ‘If [Tom Brady] cooperates and is forthcoming, a reduction is very realistic’ 06.23.15 at 11:19 am ET
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NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport joined Middays with MFB on Tuesday to discuss the latest with Tom Brady‘s suspension appeal hearing. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

Rapoport is of the belief, if Brady does in fact come forth with new information in Tuesday’s hearing, commissioner Roger Goodell could reduce the suspension.

“I think he could go down to one. I think it could be zero,” Rapoport said. “If Tom Brady shows that — if he gives up his phone, if he shows new evidence that he really did not know, it was not generally aware — if he can prove it, I think zero is on the table. One is on the table. I think if he cooperates and is forthcoming, a reduction is very realistic. All these things are in play, but again, my sense is that Roger Goodell is extremely welcoming of new information and new perspective from Tom Brady which would lead to a reduced suspension.”

He pointed to Ben Roethlisberger‘s case where Goodell reduced his suspension from six games to four, so it has happened before.

“If there was a reason for optimism for Tom Brady, it’s Roger Goodell has said publicly and privately and so have NFL executives, that he is open to hearing what Tom Brady has to say,” he said. “If that this is true, and I believe it is, it really is all in Tom Brady’s hands. I think that is one of the key things about this appeal hearing. This is not the NFL’s hearing. This is Tom Brady’s hearing. This is his chance to sway one way or the other — of course he wants his way — which way the punishment goes. If Tom Brady provides something new, some new perspective, new evidence, something to show he didn’t do it, or if he did do it, then maybe some contrition.

“It is all up to him with which direction he wants to take this and you can argue one way or the other on Roger Goodell, but the parallel that has been brought up to me is the Ben Roethlisberger situation. Obviously not in the specific penalty, but in the actual appeal hearing. Goodell sat across from Roethlisberger at Westchester airport and looked him in the eye and he heard Roethlisberger say he was going to live his life a different way and he took a suspension from six games to four games. He’s done it before. He’s reduced it before and if Brady does something similar, it might happen.”

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Photos: Media crowd streets in front of NFL offices for Tom Brady appeal hearing 06.23.15 at 9:04 am ET
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There will be plenty of media coverage for Tom Brady‘s suspension appeal hearing Tuesday at the NFL offices on Park Avenue in New York City, even though it’s likely no one involved in the hearing will actually the media.

Below are photos posted to Twitter from the scene:

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