Two members of the New England Patriots' staff probably violated the NFL's playing rules by tampering with game balls, according to a lengthy review of the scandal that's come to be known as "Deflategate."
The report names two Patriots workers who had access to footballs before a pivotal game; it also states, "it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities."
A judge has given a final OK to an agreement that settles injury claims by former NFL players against the league.
The settlement, which pays medical and other benefits to players who suffered concussions and related injuries, could cost the NFL up to $1 billion over 65 years, the AP reports.
The wire service adds:
"The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer's disease or moderate dementia someday. The settlement approved Wednesday by a federal judge in Philadelphia would pay them about $190,000 on average.
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When Desmond Mason was a rookie in the NBA during the 2000-2001 season, he was summoned to the league's Midtown office for a sudden meeting with then-commissioner David Stern. Nervously, the 6-foot-6 player for the Seattle SuperSonics headed into the pooh-bah's office.