Partiots owner disses NFL, backs disgraced Brady

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.”

One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, the star quarterback posted a 507-word statement on Facebook with his firmest denial yet, writing: “I did nothing wrong.” Kraft followed with an unscheduled address to the media gathered at Gillette Stadium for the opening of training camp and the team’s defense of its fourth Super Bowl championship.

SLC rolls in changing landscape

It’s that time of year when teams talk about the number of returnees on their rosters.

The Southland Conference is no different.

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

RIO DE JANEIRO — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

SLC shows McNeese respect in polls

A three-game losing streak to close out last season has done nothing to sully McNeese State’s image among its peers in the Southland Conference.

The Cowboys were safely perceived as one of league’s elite, picked by conference coaches to finish third and fourth by sports information directors in the preseason polls released at Wednesday’s Southland media day at L’Auberge Casino Resort. McNeese received one first-place vote in both polls.

Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

RIO DE JANEIRO — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.

Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

Boston's bid to host the 2024 Olympics is over.

The city and the U.S. Olympic Committee severed ties after a board teleconference Monday, USOC spokesman Patrick Sandusky told The Associated Press.

The decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux. Only seven weeks remain before cities have to be officially nominated. If the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles is its likely choice.