NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of a four-game suspension for using deflated footballs in the 2014 AFC Championship Game.
Brady was suspended four games and the New England Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks after investigator Ted Wells found that the Super Bowl champions illegally used under-inflated footballs against the Indianapolis Colts.
Key arguments will be about who ordered the suspension and whether science supports the league’s findings about deflated footballs.
If Brady’s suspension isn’t overturned, the battle could end up going to court.
Thomas application suspended
The WNBA and New York Liberty have agreed to suspend Isiah Thomas’ ownership application indefinitely while he remains president of the team.
A former New York Knicks team president, Thomas was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit by a Madison Square Garden employee. The suit cost MSG over $11 million, but Thomas maintained his innocence and said he was never found personally liable.
Hawks, Ferry officially part
The Atlanta Hawks and Danny Ferry officially parted ways after they agreed to a buyout of the six-year, $18 million deal that Ferry signed as president and general manager in 2012.
Ferry had been on an indefinite leave of absence since September. The leave followed racially insensitive remarks Ferry made about free-agent target Luol Deng during a conference call with ownership and management last June.
Saturday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained and published two letters that cleared Ferry of racial animus — one from the law firm that conducted an independent investigation and the other from co-owner Todd Foreman.
“The words I used from the scouting report came out of my mouth and they were totally inappropriate,” Ferry told the Journal-Constitution on Monday following the announcement. “I am deeply sorry and take full responsibility.”
Around the Horn
NFL: Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was awarded on waivers to the Cleveland Browns, who intend to give him a shot at making their roster as a wide receiver.
NHL: Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was charged with one felony count of drug possession, of cocaine, according to the Clark County (Nev.) district attorney’s office. Authorities said substances were seized from Stoll in a pat-down search at the MGM Grand pool in Las Vegas in April. His court date is scheduled for July 1. ... Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the team to pursue other opportunities. Gwozdecky served as the head coach at the University of Denver for 19 seasons.
Soccer: Neymar will play no further part in the Copa America after Brazil chose to accept the four-match suspension handed to its star player following his red card in the group stage.
College football: Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley has improved to good condition after undergoing surgery on his left leg following a car accident Sunday. The university said Brantley’s long-term prognosis is good. ... Washington quarterback Cyler Miles is leaving the team due to a chronic hip injury.
College basketball: Wofford junior guard Jeremiah Tate drowned near the North Carolina-South Carolina border after jumping from a bridge to swim in a lake, according to a local sheriff’s office and school officials.
Olympics: Baseball and women’s softball remain on course to get back into the Olympics for the 2020 Games in Tokyo. They were among the eight sports Japanese organizers chose from a list of 26 that had applied for inclusion. The International Olympic Committee will make a final decision on which sport or sports will be added in August 2016.