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UCLA DB Ishmael Adams Arrested for Allegedly Robbing Uber Driver

Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — UCLA’s starting defensive back Ishmael Adams was arrested Sunday on suspicion of robbery.

A statement from UCLA said Adams was taken into custody on Sunday around 3:30 a.m. for “allegedly using force to take a cell phone from an Uber driver.”

He is being held on $100,000 bail and will make an appearance in court on Tuesday.

The arrest happened just days before the beginning of the season. The Bruins’ first game of 2015 will be against University of Virginia on Saturday.

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Tom Brady’s Fantasy Football Ranking Takes Hit with Looming Suspension

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is still fighting a looming four-game suspension penalty by the NFL while he awaits a judge’s decision.

This past weekend was the first major draft weekend of the most competitive money Fantasy Football leagues, said Yahoo Sports Fantasy expert Andy Behrens, and the impending suspension has taken a hit on Brady’s Fantasy potential.

“The suspension is definitely built into the price,” Behrens said of Brady’s rank. “I don’t think anybody would have had Tom Brady as his number one quarterback this year.”

Behrens said that in the fantasy sports world, Brady “is ridiculously cheap.” However, Brady’s ranking isn’t completely out of line with how he finished in last season’s rankings.

“Last year, he just had a really slow start for the first few weeks, then he absolutely blew up in the second half,” Behrens said.

The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.

Under Yahoo’s Fantasy Sports quarterback rankings today, Brady is 11th with the word “Out” next to his name. The Patriots’ first game in the regular season is scheduled against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10. But federal judge in New York said he will provide a written ruling as late as Wednesday on the lawsuit filed by the NFL Players’ Association and Brady.

Instead, at the top of the quarterback Fantasy rankings is Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck, followed by Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rogers and Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson.

Behrens doesn’t discourage Fantasy players who still want Brady on their team. If you want to include Brady in your trading deck, he just suggests including another four-week quarterback placeholder, in case Brady is indeed suspended for four games. Philadelphia Eagles’ Sam Bradford and Arizona Cardinals’ Carson Palmer come to mind, Behrens said.

Either way, if Brady comes back and you change your mind, “It’s really easy to sell Tom Brady,” Behrens said.

But luckily, the first four weeks of the NFL season are the easiest to manage in Fantasy Football and arguably the least important, Behrens aid.

“I’s good to have a great start to the season, but you can’t win in September or October. You win this thing in December, when your playoffs now,” he said.

Luckily, off-season NFL suspensions typically start in September.

“If the NFL ever starts suspending players in December, than Fantasy players have a problem,” Behrens said.

Brady is fighting his four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the “deflate-gate” accusation that stemmed from the last playoff season.

Brady’s suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied on 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.

“I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either,” Brady wrote in a Facebook post last month.

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Tom Brady and NFL Fail to Reach Settlement in ‘Deflate-Gate’ Suspension Decision

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is set to find out within the next two days whether his four-game suspension is upheld or overturned, according to the judge hearing his lawsuit against the NFL.

Brady is fighting his four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the “deflate-gate” accusation that stemmed from the last playoff season.

Federal judge Richard Berman said at a hearing Monday in New York that the two sides did not reach a settlement, and that he would issue a written ruling on Tuesday or Wednesday. Brady smiled as he walked in the courthouse, with his hands stuffed in his blue suit pants pockets.

Both sides — Brady and the NFL Players Association in one corner and the NFL and Goodell in the other — had asked the judge for a ruling by Friday. Patriots fans are waiting with bated breath before the team’s first game of the season on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Berman credited each side with trying to reach a settlement, saying Monday, “I have no qualms about everybody’s dedication.”

Brady’s suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied on 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.

“I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either,” Brady wrote in a Facebook post last month.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was first fined by the NFL.

“I was wrong to put my faith in the league,” Kraft said during a news conference last month, adding that Brady “is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game both on and off the field.”

Attorney Ted Wells, who has led the deflate-gate investigation, stated in May that it “is more than probable” that Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” involving the release of air from the Patriots’ footballs. Brady has denied the allegation.

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Tom Brady and NFL Fail to Reach Settlement in ‘Deflate-Gate’ Suspension Decision

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is set to find out within the next two days whether his four-game suspension is upheld or overturned, according to the judge hearing his lawsuit against the NFL.

Brady is fighting his four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the “deflate-gate” accusation that stemmed from the last playoff season.

Federal judge Richard Berman said at a hearing Monday in New York that the two sides did not reach a settlement, and that he would issue a written ruling on Tuesday or Wednesday. Brady smiled as he walked in the courthouse, with his hands stuffed in his blue suit pants pockets.

Both sides — Brady and the NFL Players Association in one corner and the NFL and Goodell in the other — had asked the judge for a ruling by Friday. Patriots fans are waiting with bated breath before the team’s first game of the season on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Berman credited each side with trying to reach a settlement, saying Monday, “I have no qualms about everybody’s dedication.”

Brady’s suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied on 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.

“I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either,” Brady wrote in a Facebook post last month.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was first fined by the NFL.

“I was wrong to put my faith in the league,” Kraft said during a news conference last month, adding that Brady “is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game both on and off the field.”

Attorney Ted Wells, who has led the deflate-gate investigation, stated in May that it “is more than probable” that Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” involving the release of air from the Patriots’ footballs. Brady has denied the allegation.

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New England Patriots’ Tom Brady Expected to Appear in Court over ‘Deflate-Gate’

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is back in court again Monday for his lawsuit against the NFL.

Brady is fighting his four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the “deflate-gate” accusation that stemmed from the last playoff season. The federal judge in New York is requiring Brady and Goodell to appear at a hearing that is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. ET.

Berman has said he plans to make his decision by Friday, though it’s possible both sides could reach a settlement. Patriots fans are waiting with bated breath before the team’s first game of the season on Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Brady’s suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied on 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.

“I did nothing wrong, and no one in the Patriots organization did either,” Brady wrote in a Facebook post last month.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he regrets not taking legal action in May when the team was first fined by the NFL.

“I was wrong to put my faith in the league,” Kraft said during a news conference last month, adding that Brady “is a person of great integrity and is a great ambassador of the game both on and off the field.”

Attorney Ted Wells, who has led the deflate-gate investigation, stated in May that it “is more than probable” that Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” involving the release of air from the Patriots’ footballs. Brady has denied the allegation.

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Serena Williams Seeks to Make History at US Open

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Serena Williams is the queen of Grand Slams, and the number one female tennis player in the world is back to defend her U.S. Open crown.

Williams, 33, talked with ABC News Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts ahead of the her bid for her fourth consecutive U.S. Open title.

The tournament starts Monday and Roberts asked Williams how she was handling its approach.

“Actually it’s really easy. I don’t feel pressure to win here,” Williams replied. “I feel like I want to win here more than probably anybody but at the same time I don’t feel that pressure. I felt a lot of pressure at Wimbledon, getting that Serena slam and getting four in a row, that was interesting.”

Williams recently celebrated her second so-called “Serena slam,” which refers to her winning four Grand Slam tournaments in a row, but, although she’s been celebrated for her accomplishments, she had also faced body-shaming.

“I love me and I have learned to love me and I have been like this my whole life and I embrace me and I love how I look,” she said. “I love that I am a full woman and I am strong and I am powerful and I am beautiful at the same time and there is nothing wrong with that … It is so important to look at the positives and if I get caught up in all the negatives, it could really bring you down and I don’t have time to be brought down. I have too many things to do. I mean, I have Grand Slams to win or people to inspire and that is what I am here to do.”

Roberts asked the tennis superstar whether the physical or mental aspect of being on the court was more challenging.

“That’s a really good one, gosh, I don’t know I have to say mental,” Williams replied. “I mean just to stay in there 2 hours, 2 ½ hours can sometimes be tough.”

Williams won her first Grand Slam title in 1999, making history as the first ever African-American to do so since the 1950s. Roberts asked the player whether she was ever amazing at her journey in the sport.

“Sometimes … I’ll look at pictures of me winning that first Open and remember it like it was yesterday, and I remember thinking I’m just not going to miss on this shot, I’m not going to miss, I don’t care if I have to hit 100 balls I’m not missing,” she said. “Just remembering that moment, holding that trophy was everything to me.”

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Paul Menard Wins XFINITY Series Race in Wisconsin

Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images(ELKHART LAKE, Wis.) — While the Sprint Cup Series was idle this weekend, the XFINITY Series was in action at Road America in Wisconsin.

Paul Menard, a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, won the Road America 180 Fired Up by Johnsonville on Saturday.

It was his third career XFINITY Series win at the track.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/30/15

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s the latest scores and winners:

INTERLEAGUE

N-Y Mets 5, Boston 4
N-Y Yankees 20, Atlanta 6
Oakland 7, Arizona 4, 11 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Toronto 9, Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 3, Kansas City 2
Cleveland 9, L.A. Angels 2
Minnesota 7, Houston 5
Chi White Sox 6, Seattle 5, 11 Innings
Texas 6, Baltimore 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado 5, Pittsburgh 0
Washington 7, Miami 4
San Diego 9, Philadelphia 4
Milwaukee 4, Cincinnati 1
St. Louis 7, San Francisco 5
Chi Cubs 2, L.A. Dodgers 0 (Cubs’ Jake Arrieta throws no-hitter)

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PRESEASON

Houston 27, New Orleans 13
Arizona 30, Oakland 23

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Chicago Cubs’ Jake Arrieta Throws No-Hitter Against Dodgers

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Jake Arrieta pitches the sixth no-hitter this season.

Arrieta threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs, winning 2-0 against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday night. It marks his first career no-hitter and the sixth for Major League Baseball this season.

The Cubs pitcher struck out 12 and walked one for 116 pitches in nine innings.

The win marked the end of a four-game losing streak for the Cubs.

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Hokies Honor Virginia Journalists with Helmet Sticker

Michael Shroyer/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) — Virginia Tech will honor the two journalists who were tragically killed on air this past week.

In a statement on Sunday, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced the football team would wear special stickers on their helmets in memory of Alison Parker and Adam Ward who were shot by a former co-worker while doing a live broadcast.

According to the statement, the sticker features the number 7, for WDBJ-7, and teal and marroon ribbions with the initials of the victims.

“Teal was Parker’s favorite color, while the maroon ribbon represents Ward, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011,” said the statement.

The Hokies will wear the stickers for the season opener against Ohio State University on Labor Day.

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