Pats coach Belichick on having Brady back: ‘He never left’

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Like every game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he’s focused on his next opponent. But he doesn’t feel as if he’s got a new edge with star quarterback Tom Brady able to play in the regular0season opener against the Pittsburgh...

Judge’s NFL bashing skips judgment of Brady in ‘Deflategate’

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge’s ruling freeing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play football erased his four-game suspension but failed to address the root question of the “Deflategate” scandal: What did Brady know about a plot to deflate balls...

Tom Brady posts statement on Facebook

Tom Brady posted a statement on Facebook on Friday night, a day after U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman vacated the New England quarterback’s four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” scandal. Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots will open...

Serena Williams’ comeback extends Grand Slam try at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Can’t count out Serena Williams, no matter how big the deficit, no matter how off-target her strokes, no matter how much the pressure might be mounting as she bids for a calendar-year Grand Slam. Eight times this season at major tournaments, Williams...

No. 4 Baylor plenty of offense in 56-21 opener at SMU

DALLAS (AP) — Seth Russell threw for 376 yards with three of his five touchdowns to Jay Lee, and the new starting quarterback also ran for a score as fourth-ranked Baylor finally got back on the field with 56-21 victory at SMU on Friday night. The Bears got to start fresh...

Serena Williams’ comeback extends Grand Slam try at US Open

NEW YORK (AP) — Can’t count out Serena Williams, no matter how big the deficit, no matter how off-target her strokes, no matter how much the pressure might be mounting as she bids for a calendar-year Grand Slam. Eight times this season at major tournaments, Williams...

Column: Football should be Xs and Os, not proselytizing

ATLANTA (AP) — A football season begins, and with it comes religion on the gridiron. Solemn prayers whispered before kickoff. Players from both teams kneeling together in the middle of the field when it’s over. Nothing wrong with any of that. Everyone is free to...

Latest on US Open: Serena rallies to beat Mattek-Sands in 3

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the U.S. Open (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Serena Williams has again rallied from a set down to win during her pursuit of the first Grand Slam since 1988. Fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands gave Williams all she could handle — and...

Eagles clear spot for Tebow, trading Barkley to Cardinals

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tim Tebow made Matt Barkley expendable. The Philadelphia Eagles traded Barkley to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, clearing a roster spot for Tebow after he won a preseason competition for the No. 3 quarterback job. Arizona sent a conditional...

Drone crash at US Open raises security questions

NEW YORK (AP) — A drone crash during a U.S. Open match has tennis officials thinking about whether they can do more to safeguard the sprawling National Tennis Center from such hazards. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says the organization is looking at the...