PATRIOTS ASK COURT TO HEAR BRADY CASE
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots joined the latest "Deflategate" appeal to support Tom Brady (right) on Wednesday, taking sides with their star QB in court for the first time in his fight against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell.
In an eight-page friend of the court brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Patriots said they "stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25 percent of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process." They also raised the stakes to try to convince the circuit to overrule a 2-1 decision that reinstated Brady's four-game suspension.
"The impact of the majority opinion is not limited to professional football," the brief said. "It threatens to undermine vital principles governing arbitration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the national economy."
BUCS: Former CB C.J. Wilson, who lost two fingers on his right hand in a fireworks accident last year, will try to resume his career in the CFL, signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, his agent confirmed. The Bucs on Wednesday waived Wilson, 25, from the reserve-retired list, where he had been since shortly after the Fourth of July mishap. … Javien Elliott, who earned a scholarship last year as a walk-on defensive back at FSU, signed as an undrafted rookie free agent.
Indianapolis 500 sells out
Indianapolis Motor Speedway president Doug Boles announced that this year's Indianapolis 500 is sold out, meaning Sunday's race will air live on Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV for the first time since 1950. About 350,000 people are expected to attend the 100th running of the race.
HONORS: Drivers Benny Parsons and Mark Martin and owners Rick Hendrick, Richard Childress and Raymond Parks were inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
BOXING: A proposal to let professional fighters compete in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics is "ridiculous" and "foolish," former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson said in Beijing. Tyson said any pro boxers going to the Olympics should be prepared to lose because the amateurs could prove too fast for them.
CYCLING: German rider Roger Kluge used his track experience to take the biggest victory of his road career, winning the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia with a well-timed counterattack. Steven Kruijswijk of the Netherlands had little trouble protecting his 3-minute lead over Esteban Chaves.
DOPING: An unnamed Spanish athlete tested positive in a re-analysis of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, the Spanish Olympic Committee said.
GOLF: Hailee Cooper, 16, and Kaitlyn Papp, 17, won the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green in Hardee County, outlasting 13-year-olds Angelina Kim and Brianna Navarrosa with par on the first extra hole.
TRACK: Already mired in doping and corruption scandals, Kenya's track and field federation has called in police to help guard its headquarters in Nairobi, fearing disgruntled athletes might try to take over the premises in protest for a second time.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer; Times wires