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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has punished quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for deflating footballs used in their 45-7 win over Indianapolis in the AFC championship game. Brady plans to appeal a four-game suspension scheduled to begin with the season opener and end when the Patriots take on the Colts at Indianapolis. The Pats were fined $1 million and stripped of next year's first-round pick and a fourth-rounder in 2017.
UNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks were able to even their respective conference semifinal series at two games apiece. Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry scored 33 points on 11 of 22 shooting to lead the Warriors to a 101-84 win over the Grizzlies in Memphis. The Hawks were 106-101 winners behind Jeff Teague's 26 points.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt admitted to making a couple of mistakes in the waning moments of Sunday's 86-84 win at Chicago. Blatt acknowledged he tried to call a timeout he didn't have, which would have led to a technical foul if the officials had seen him. He also confirmed that he initially designed an inbounds play that had LeBron James passing the ball in with 1.5 seconds left, a notion that was scrapped in favor of James taking what was the game-winning shot that tied the series at two games apiece.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas System regents are set to approve new basketball coach Shaka (SHAH'-kuh) Smart's nearly $22 million contract, with most of that money guaranteed. Smart left Virginia Commonwealth University for the Longhorns and is set to get a 7-year contract. The package includes six years of guaranteed salary starting at $2.8 million in the first year and rising to $3.3 million by year 6.
PARIS (AP) — For the first time in 10 years Rafael Nadal (rah-fay-ehl nah-DAHL') is not among the top 5 in the men's world rankings. The 28-year-old Nadal fell to seventh a day after dropping the title match at the Madrid Open on Sunday, his fourth loss on clay this season. Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich) remains No. 1 in the world, followed by Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
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