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New England Patriots Clarify: 'Deflator' Refers To Weight Loss

The Patriots say staff members used the term "deflate" to talk about losing weight — not about breaking the NFL's rules on football inflation, as the league says.

The Curious World Of Baseball Re-Enactors

When John Coray and other vintage "ballists" gather to compete using 19th century rules and trappings, the base ball diamond becomes a field of dreamers.

Was 'Deflategate' About Tom Brady's Legacy Or His Ego?

The Patriots quarterback was recently suspended for his apparent role in underinflating game balls. For commentator Frank Deford, "Deflategate" is as much about Brady's vanity as it is about victory.

NFL QB Tom Brady Will Sit Out 4 Games For Deflated Balls Scandal

An investigation found that Brady was "generally aware" that New England Patriots employees were letting air out of balls. Under-inflated balls are easier to grip. The Patriots were fined $1 million.

Tom Brady's Agent Says Suspension 'Has No Legitimate Basis'

Tom Brady's agent, Don Yee, delivered a lengthy statement in response to the quarterback's suspension, calling it 'ridiculous.' He also said that the NFL investigation into deflategate was unfair.

Brazil's World Cup Legacy Includes $550M Stadium-Turned-Parking Lot

Another lavish $215 million arena built for last year's event is now a homeless shelter. Touted as one of the best World Cups in history on the pitch, it's left a hangover of waste and mismanagement.

NFL Suspends Tom Brady For First 4 Games Of 2015 Season

The NFL has also fined the New England Patriots $1 million. The punishments follow last week's report on the deflategate scandal.

NFL Suspends Tom Brady For 4 Games Over 'Deflategate' Scandal

Days after a lengthy report found it was "more probable than not" that quarterback Tom Brady knew of rule-breaking, the NFL suspends him for four games next season and fines the Patriots $1 million.

Still Some Air — And Questions — In 'Deflategate' Scandal

The NFL's "deflategate" scandal raises a slew of questions: How much can you scuff a football? Where is the line between gamesmanship and cheating? Slate's Mike Pesca answers them all with NPR's Rachel Martin.

Beyond 'Deflategate,' Other Examples Of Cheating

In the wake of an NFL report that the New England Patriots deflated footballs, Boston-based sports blogger Ben Rohrbach says he's come up with examples of cheating - including use of performance-enhancing drugs - for all the other NFL teams.