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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and head coach Bill Belichick enter a room full of reporters to address NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's action upholding New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four game "Deflategate"suspension during an NFL football training camp media availability at the team's facility Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the star quarterback posted a 507-word statement on Facebook with his firmest denial yet, writing: “I did nothing wrong.” Kraft followed with an unscheduled address to the media gathered at Gillette Stadium for the opening of training camp and the team’s defense of its fourth Super Bowl championship. “It is completely …

Porcello shelled as Red Sox lose third straight to red-hot White Sox, 9-2

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BOSTON – Rick Porcello and the Boston Red Sox continued their headfirst slide into the American League East cellar Wednesday night. Porcello, whose questionable headfirst dive into first base recorded the game’s first out, was booed off the mound after giving up six runs as the Chicago White Sox rolled to their seventh …

Bach: Boston failed to deliver on ‘promises’ to USOC

Thursday, July 30, 2015

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – IOC President Thomas Bach said Boston was firmly to blame for its aborted bid for the 2024 Olympics and that the city failed to deliver on “promises” made to U.S. Olympic leaders when they selected the Massachusetts capital as the American candidate for the games. Bach also said Wednesday …

Players who could make breakthroughs in 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

If you’re not sure where Le’Veon Bell and Justin Forsett came from to reach the top of the NFL rushing charts, this will be helpful. If you couldn’t identify Jerry Hughes or Tashaun Gipson before they burst through …

Chiefs safety Eric Berry back at practice after cancer fight

Thursday, July 30, 2015

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – There was a moment in the early stages of chemotherapy when Eric Berry was having breakfast with his father, and the enormity of what faced him was so great that he broke down and …

Luck still ranks atop QB class that entered NFL in 2012

Thursday, July 30, 2015

MIAMI – The pontificating and prognosticating that have always swirled around the quarterback class of 2012 can transform even a punter into a pundit. Take comparisons between Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill, two of the five current starting …

Tulowitzki homers, drives in three in Blue Jays’ debut

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki homered and had three hits in his Blue Jays debut as Toronto beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-2, on Wednesday night. The five-time All-Star, who was acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rockies, went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. He scored three times. R.A. …

Dodgers scratch Kershaw from start vs. A’s with soreness

Thursday, July 30, 2015

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw was scratched from his scheduled start against the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday due to hip soreness. Kershaw is expected to start Friday in the Freeway Series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said during batting …

Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Pats

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would …

Patriots sign cornerback Tarell Brown

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed free-agent cornerback Tarell Brown on Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren’t announced. The 30-year-old Brown spent last season with the Oakland Raiders after seven years with the San Francisco 49ers. Brown has made 61 starts in 114 career games with …

Donald Trump to fly in for Women’s British Open

Thursday, July 30, 2015

TURNBERRY, Scotland – Lizette Salas should be midway through her first round at the Women’s British Open on Thursday morning when Donald Trump arrives via helicopter to expected fanfare at his Turnberry resort. Salas, a U.S golfer with …

Fisher Cats sweep away Senators

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Starting pitcher John Anderson allowed one unearned run on six hits in seven innings as the New Hampshire Fisher Cats completed a series sweep of the Harrisburg Senators with a 6-1 victory on Wednesday afternoon. Anderson walked four and struck out three. Roemon Fields (3-for-4, double) led off …

Looking ahead to Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl coverage

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Monitor this weekend will be covering the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football game between New Hampshire and Vermont, including stories leading up to the annual charity game played between graduated seniors from each state. On Friday, a story previewing the game will look at how New Hampshire …