Brady receives help from AFL-CIO with appeal

Tom Brady has added more high-profile legal power to his Deflategate appeal.

The AFL-CIO filed a friend of the court brief asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision handed down by a three-judge panel in April. Also weighing in was Kenneth Feinberg, who helped divide the funds for Sept. 11 and Boston Marathon bombing victims.

Brady was suspended four games for what the league said was a scheme to use improperly inflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected his initial appeal and Brady appealed to the federal courts.

PRO BOWL: The NFL will move the game from Honolulu to Orlando, Florida, this season, three people with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday.


MEXICAN KIDNAPPING: Police arrested a second suspect in the kidnapping of Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido after wounding the man in a gunbattle, the Tamaulipas state prosecutor said.

The kidnappers had demanded $325,000 from Pulido’s family for his safe return, but Pulido overpowered and beat one of his captors so badly he had to be hospitalized.

IRELAND LOSES: Ireland lost its final warmup game before traveling to the European Championship, beaten 2-1 at Cork, Ireland, by a Belarus side that didn’t qualify for the tournament in France.


NBA: Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls and Spanish national team center, said he’s considering not playing at the Rio Olympics because of the Zika virus.

“I’m thinking about (whether or not to go),” Gasol said. “Just like every athlete, or any other person considering going to Rio, should be thinking about it.”

 David Fizdale said at his introductory news conference as Memphis coach that “the goal is to win a title, no doubt about it.” Fizdale, 41, has spent the past eight years with Miami, the past two as assistant head coach.


COLLEGE: The University of Minnesota opened its own probe of the program as campus police investigate a team member’s disputed allegation that the head coach, J Robinson, covered up his wrestlers’ sale and use of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.

One wrestler, speaking on condition of anonymity to the Star Tribune, told the Minneapolis newspaper last week that Robinson collected hundreds of Xanax pills from members of the team without reporting the issue to police or the university.


NHL: Tom Lysiak, a former NHL All-Star, died of leukemia at age 63.

He played 13 seasons with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, putting up 292 goals and 551 assists in 919 career games. Lysiak made the All-Star Game in 1975, ’76 and ’77.

 Rick MacLeish, who starred for the Broad Street Bullies teams of the Philadelphia Flyers that won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and ’75, died at age 66.


CBS: Verne Lundquist, 75, will call one more season of Southeastern Conference football before Brad Nessler takes over the sport’s highest-rated TV package.

Lundquist will still announce college basketball and golf after 2016, including the NCAA tournament and the Masters.

– From news service reports