Judge erases Brady ban, NFL appeals

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NEW YORK (AP) Tom Brady learned Thursday he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league's four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league quickly appealed.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized Goodell for dispensing "his own brand of industrial justice" as he found multiple reasons to reject the suspension one week before New England's Sept. 10 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Super Bowl MVP has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game, a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts.

Boykin, No. 2 TCU hold off Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Longtime friends TCU coach Gary Patterson and Minnesota coach Jerry Kill met at midfield after another tough game and shook hands.

"He said, `We're never going to play each other again,'" Kill said. "I said, `That's right.'" (MORE)

Michigan loses at Utah in Harbaugh debut

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Jim Harbaugh was swarmed by cameramen from the moment he stepped of the bus at Rice-Eccles Stadium. College football's newest rock star had finally arrived to play a game after eight months of hype.

And Utah was sick of hearing about it. (MORE)

Arizona star LB Wright hurts knee in win

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona struggled defensively, was uneven on offense and had trouble putting away a smaller-conference team at home.

That wasn't even close to the worst news of the night. Losing All-American linebacker Scooby Wright to a knee injury early in the game trumped it all. (MORE)

Murray advances, Wozniacki loses stunner

NEW YORK (AP) Before they stepped on court, there was nothing to suggest Andy Murray would have any trouble against Adrian Mannarino in the U.S. Open's second round.

Murray, after all, is seeded No. 3, owns two major championships including at Flushing Meadows in 2012, and had reached at least the quarterfinals at the last 18 Grand Slam tournaments he'd entered. Mannarino, meanwhile, is ranked 35th, has never won a tour-level title, and only three times in his career has even managed to win more than one match at a major. (MORE)

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