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Tom Brady’s Suspension Outcome Still in Doubt After Wednesday Hearing

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Seven months after the first word of “Deflategate,” the outcome still remains in doubt.

In court on Wednesday without Tom Brady present, Judge Richard Berman opened with a joke about sketches after Brady’s depiction by court artist Jane Rosenberg was made fun of online.

The judge proceeded, saying his current plan is to rule by Sept. 4, but again urged a settlement, noting “there are enough strengths and weaknesses on both sides.”

Berman hit the NFL repeatedly with questions of fairness. He wondered whether investigators were specific enough in their conclusions. He asked why the union was denied access to certain documents and witnesses, and why tampering with footballs was compared to steroid use. “How is that equal to steroid use?”

The judge must decide whether all of that was so egregious that he should intervene in the affairs of a private enterprise. NFL attorney Dan Nash said “The commissioner’s judgments are final and binding” and he dismissed the union’s arguments as the gripes of a “disappointed grievant.”

National Football League Players Association lawyer Jeff Kessler, gestured with his hands and almost danced behind the podium to make his points, as he argued Brady’s suspension “fails the test” of fairness because Goodell exceeded his authority as arbitrator and the league failed to notify Brady that he could be disciplined for being “generally aware” AFC championship game balls would be tampered with.

The union also argued ball tampering “has never been a serious issue for this league.”

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Panthers Receiver Kelvin Benjamin Suffers Apparent Knee Injury

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(SPARTAN BURG, S.C.) — The Carolina Panthers could be down another receiver — for now, anyway.

In a joint practice Wednesday with the Miami Dolphins, Panthers receiver Kelvin Benjamin appeared to have injured his left knee when trying to make a cut on a no-contact play against Miami defensive back Don Jones, ESPN reports.

Benjamin apparently sprained his knee and will have an MRI, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said, according to ESPN.

Rivera said Benjamin had been in “tremendous shape” when he reported to training camp.

Benjamin was the Panthers’ leading receiver last season, with 73 receptions for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.

Carolina is already down one receiver in the preseason, ESPN reports. A torn ACL took Stephen Hill out in the first week of training camp.

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Angels Fan Eli Strickland Says Wife ‘Mortified’ After Nearly Dropping Daughter for Home Run Ball

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Angels fan who unwittingly became the subject of Internet infamy after he was caught on video nearly dropping his infant daughter while trying to catch a home run ball says his wife was “mortified” and gave him the silent treatment.

“She didn’t say much for a long time,” Eli Strickland said of his wife, who was also at the game. “Obviously, she was mortified. Moms and dads are wired much differently.”

“She’s like, ‘What are you doing? How could you possibly do this?,’” Strickland said Wednesday on ABC’S Good Morning America. “I said, ‘Obviously, in hindsight I would have set the baby down but it all happens in three seconds. What can you do, you know?’”

Strickland, a father of four, has been forced to relive the split-second decision he made Monday night while watching the Angels take on the Chicago White Sox with his family, including young daughter, Penelope.

When a home run ball came flying in their direction, Strickland dove for it with Penelope in his arms, nearly flipping her over the railing.

“I’ve always wanted to catch a home run ball and so it was coming, it was coming, it was coming and I didn’t have the foresight to set my daughter down and so when it came to me, I balled it and I reached down and I grabbed it and I had it in my glove and I knew I could hold onto my daughter,” Strickland said. “I thought I could get the ball at the same time and it just didn’t work out that way.”

The moment was captured on television and quickly went viral, earning Strickland, an Angels season ticket holder, the nickname, “Dangling Dad.”

“To be honest, it looks much worse than I think it was but it doesn’t look good,” Strickland conceded. “I’ll admit that.”

According to Strickland, his daughter, despite the controversy that erupted later, had fun at the game and was not hurt.

“If you see in the video, she’s sitting there munching popcorn and having the time of her life about two minutes after the fact,” Strickland said. “She’s great.”

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Stewart-Haas Racing Announces New Sponsorship Deal for Danica Patrick

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for Stewart-Haas Racing(NEW YORK) — Danica Patrick will have a new sponsor for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season.

Nature’s Bakery will serve as the primary sponsor for Patrick and the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 team beginning in 2016.

The snacks and food brand will be featured on the car for 28 races a year under the multiyear sponsorship agreement, which was announced at a press conference Tuesday morning at SHR headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

“It’s an honor to represent Nature’s Bakery and also a great deal of responsibility,” Patrick said in statement. “They have ambitious goals and they’re going to rely on me and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing to deliver. I have ambitious goals too. It’s why I came to NASCAR and, specifically, to Stewart-Haas Racing. There’s still a lot I want to achieve in this sport and I’m looking to continue my professional journey with a brand as determined as I am.”

Patrick’s longtime sponsor, GoDaddy, revealed in April that it is moving on after the conclusion of the current season.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/18/15

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

INTERLEAGUE
N-Y Mets 5, Baltimore 3
Toronto 8, Philadelphia 5
Kansas City 3, Cincinnati 1, 13 Innings
Detroit 10, Chi Cubs 8
Oakland 5, L.A. Dodgers 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N-Y Yankees 8, Minnesota 4
Boston 9, Cleveland 1
Seattle 3, Texas 2
Houston 3, Tampa Bay 2, 10 Innings
L.A. Angels 5, Chi White Sox 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 9, Milwaukee 6
Pittsburgh 9, Arizona 8, 15 Innings
San Francisco 2, St. Louis 0
Washington 15, Colorado 6
San Diego 9, Atlanta 0

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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/18/15

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

INTERLEAGUE
N-Y Mets 5, Baltimore 3
Toronto 8, Philadelphia 5
Kansas City 3, Cincinnati 1, 13 Innings
Detroit 10, Chi Cubs 8
Oakland 5, L.A. Dodgers 4

AMERICAN LEAGUE

N-Y Yankees 8, Minnesota 4
Boston 9, Cleveland 1
Seattle 3, Texas 2
Houston 3, Tampa Bay 2, 10 Innings
L.A. Angels 5, Chi White Sox 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 9, Milwaukee 6
Pittsburgh 9, Arizona 8, 15 Innings
San Francisco 2, St. Louis 0
Washington 15, Colorado 6
San Diego 9, Atlanta 0

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Stewart-Haas Racing Announces New Sponsorship Deal for Danica Patrick

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for Stewart-Haas Racing(NEW YORK) — Danica Patrick will have a new sponsor for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series season.

Nature’s Bakery will serve as the primary sponsor for Patrick and the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 10 team beginning in 2016.

The snacks and food brand will be featured on the car for 28 races a year under the multiyear sponsorship agreement, which was announced at a press conference Tuesday morning at SHR headquarters in Kannapolis, North Carolina.

“It’s an honor to represent Nature’s Bakery and also a great deal of responsibility,” Patrick said in statement. “They have ambitious goals and they’re going to rely on me and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing to deliver. I have ambitious goals too. It’s why I came to NASCAR and, specifically, to Stewart-Haas Racing. There’s still a lot I want to achieve in this sport and I’m looking to continue my professional journey with a brand as determined as I am.”

Patrick’s longtime sponsor, GoDaddy, revealed in April that it is moving on after the conclusion of the current season.

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Tom Brady Decides Not to Attend His Court Hearing Wednesday

D Dipasupil/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady will not attend his court hearing on Wednesday.

Brady has decided not to attend his court hearing before Judge Berman that start at 10 a.m.

The NFL declined to comment on whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be there, though neither was required to attend.

This is a chance for lawyers to make oral arguments following their written submissions late Friday, when the NFL asserted the court has no right to interfere into the internal management of a private organization and when the National Football League Players Association questioned the structure of the arbitration.

Absent a settlement, which is the preferred method of the judge, both sides have urged Berman to rule by Sept. 4, a week before the New England Patriots’ first regular season game.

The NFL is relying on Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement to say that Goodell has the power to determine what constitutes conduct detrimental to the league and the power to discipline for it. Brady argues Goodell assuming the roles of judge, jury and executioner during the arbitration was fundamentally unfair.

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Tom Brady Decides Not to Attend His Court Hearing Wednesday

D Dipasupil/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady will not attend his court hearing on Wednesday.

Brady has decided not to attend his court hearing before Judge Berman that start at 10 a.m.

The NFL declined to comment on whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be there, though neither was required to attend.

This is a chance for lawyers to make oral arguments following their written submissions late Friday, when the NFL asserted the court has no right to interfere into the internal management of a private organization and when the National Football League Players Association questioned the structure of the arbitration.

Absent a settlement, which is the preferred method of the judge, both sides have urged Berman to rule by Sept. 4, a week before the New England Patriots’ first regular season game.

The NFL is relying on Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement to say that Goodell has the power to determine what constitutes conduct detrimental to the league and the power to discipline for it. Brady argues Goodell assuming the roles of judge, jury and executioner during the arbitration was fundamentally unfair.

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Tom Brady Decides Not to Attend His Court Hearing Wednesday

D Dipasupil/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady will not attend his court hearing on Wednesday.

Brady has decided not to attend his court hearing before Judge Berman that start at 10 a.m.

The NFL declined to comment on whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be there, though neither was required to attend.

This is a chance for lawyers to make oral arguments following their written submissions late Friday, when the NFL asserted the court has no right to interfere into the internal management of a private organization and when the National Football League Players Association questioned the structure of the arbitration.

Absent a settlement, which is the preferred method of the judge, both sides have urged Berman to rule by Sept. 4, a week before the New England Patriots’ first regular season game.

The NFL is relying on Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement to say that Goodell has the power to determine what constitutes conduct detrimental to the league and the power to discipline for it. Brady argues Goodell assuming the roles of judge, jury and executioner during the arbitration was fundamentally unfair.

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