Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: 'Deflategate' Ruling Expected to Come in Next Day or Two

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: 'Deflategate' Ruling Expected to Come in Next Day or Two

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'DEFLATEGATE' RULING EXPECTED TO COME IN NEXT DAY OR TWO: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said he had "no qualms" about the willingness of both sides to try to reach a settlement in the controversy that has hung over professional football since New England easily won the AFC title game in January.

Goodell in July upheld a four-game suspension of Brady, concluding the quarterback colluded with two Patriots ball handlers to deflate footballs before the 45-7 victory over the Colts. Brady said he had no role in it. The players union wants the suspension eliminated.

COUSINS TO START OVER GRIFFIN IN WEEK 1 FOR WASHINGTON: The Washington Redskins have made a quarterback change: Kirk Cousins will be the starter this season, not Robert Griffin III.

Although coach Jay Gruden said that it's Cousins' job for the season, not just the Sept. 13 opener against Miami, the quarterback is not overconfident.

Griffin, who has struggled since tearing his right ACL and MCL in a January 2013 playoff loss to Seattle, was scheduled to start last Saturday's preseason game at Baltimore before being scratched the previous day in the wake of a concussion suffered on Aug. 20 against Detroit.

BILLS TO START TAYLOR AT QB IN SEASON OPENER: The Buffalo Bills are turning their offense over to Tyrod Taylor, who has won the starting job after a three-way quarterback competition during the offseason.

Coach Rex Ryan announced his decision following practice on Monday.

Taylor won the job over former Bills starter and 2013 first- round draft pick EJ Manuel, and Matt Cassel, a 10-year journeyman who was acquired in an offseason trade with Minnesota.

The decision comes two days after all three quarterbacks played with the starting offense in a 43-19 preseason win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

BAYLOR COACH SAYS TEAM NOT DISTRACTED BY UKWUACHU DRAMA: Baylor coach Art Briles said his team isn't distracted by a potential investigation of how the athletic department handled a sexual assault complaint against former transfer Sam Ukwuachu. …

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