Robert Kraft Apologizes: ‘Now Regret’ Decision To Accept Penalties

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft released the following statement on Wednesday, regarding the NFL’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

Kraft, who originally accepted the penalties for Deflategate in hopes of exonerating Brady’s suspension, apologized to Patriots fans admitting he was wrong. Brady released his own statement as well, stating he did nothing wrong.

“In light of yesterday’s league ruling, I thought it was important to make a statement today, prior to the start of training camp. After this, I will not be talking about this matter until after the legal process plays itself out, and I would advise everyone in the organization to do the same and just concentrate on preparation for the 2015 season.

“The decision handed down by the league yesterday is unfathomable to me. It is routine for discipline in the NFL to be reduced upon appeal. In the vast majority…

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Orioles Go For Sweep Of Reeling Braves

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(AP) — After he won 29 games the last two seasons, the Baltimore Orioles were expecting more of the same from Chris Tillman in 2015.

It took half a season, but it appears they’ve finally gotten that pitcher back.

Tillman tries to continue his dominant stretch and pitch the Orioles to a fifth consecutive win Wednesday night against the reeling Atlanta Braves.

This had all the makings of a lost season for Tillman, who had an AL-worst 6.22 ERA with 10 homers surrendered through June 21. He’s changed course completely over his last five starts, however, going 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA, walking six, striking out 28 and allowing no home runs. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez (1.09) is the only AL pitcher with a better ERA during that span.

After tossing one-hit ball over eight innings and retiring the last 23 batters he faced in a 3-0 victory at Detroit, Tillman…

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Will Tristan Thompson Re-Sign With The Cavs? ‘Of Course,’ LeBron James Says

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LeBron James, Tristan Thompson

It’s always fun when athletes host social media question-and-answer sessions. The 24/7 news cycle combined with the public’s love of outrage makes it hard for the modern celebrity to show their genuine sides in most interviews. But they control the action when directly taking questions from fans on the internet, often allowing their true persona to shine in ways it normally can’t.

LeBron James isn’t much different. He’s a seasoned vet with the media by this point, and is unafraid to offer an incendiary soundbite or simple jocularity now and then, either. His twitter Q&A on Tuesday, though, afforded the basketball world an unfiltered view of its favorite subject rarely seen. What’s LeBron’s favorite movie? Favorite wrestler? Rapper? Seinfeld episode?

He told us without hesitation. But for real hoop-heads most concerned with the looming 2015-2016 season, James’ answer to a basketball-related question was surely the highlight of his hour-long chat.

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Belichick Deflects DeflateGate Questions, Focused On 2015

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BOSTON (CBS) — After Patriots owner Robert Kraft stepped to the podium on Wednesday and fired shots at the NFL, Bill Belichick was all about football.

The Patriots head coach stiff-armed every DeflateGate question that was sent his way by the slew of reporters on hand at Gillette Stadium, instead putting his focus on training camp, which got underway today.

“We’ll try to have a good day today and then try to have another one tomorrow and just string them along day by day. That’s really where we’re at. I think Robert [Kraft] took care of the other situation,” Belichick said. “Tom [Brady] has already had a statement. So, [there’s] nothing really to talk about there. I won’t really be dealing with that at all, just trying to get the team ready and prepare for the regular season as we always do and as we did all spring. So…

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WATCH: Miami Dolphins Bringing Back Throwback Uniforms on MNF

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The Miami Dolphins may have fresh uniforms after undergoing a logo upgrade in 2013, but that doesn’t mean they won’t take a stroll down memory lane this season.

The team tweeted out a video showing uniforms from 1966 on current players with the date “12.14.2014” towards the end of the clip, which is the date the Dolphins host the Giants in Week 14 on Monday Night Football.

Slick?

Cameron Wake in Dolphins Throwback Uniform

Brent Grimes in Dolphins Throwback Uniform

Miami Dolphins Throwback Uniform

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Papelbon Signing Puts Nats in Familiar Spot with Storen

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WASHINGTON —  With the signing of Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals found themselves in familiar territory: Telling Drew Storen he was being replaced as closer – again.

Manager Matt Williams, on his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 The Fan, says these conversations are never easy or pleasant.

“But at the end of the day, Drew is a pro and he wants to win, as we all do, and he’ll do anything that he’s asked to do to help win games,” he said. “Drew is the type of guy that will just do what he does, regardless of the inning that he pitches, and go out there and get three outs and turn it over to the next guy if he has to.”

Storen didn’t spend much time addressing the trade, telling reporters, “All I’m gonna say is obviously I’m aware of the move. Talked to Mike about it…

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