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Morning Sports Update: Judges in Deflategate appeal may favor Tom Brady

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell leaves federal court during Tom Brady’s Deflategate hearing in August. AP

Three judges were named to hear the NFL’s appeal against Tom Brady, the Phoenix Suns GM wishes he had Isaiah Thomas back, the Bruins have an offer on the table for Loui Eriksson.

Judges may favor Tom Brady in NFL appeal: The NFL and NFLPA will present oral arguments for about 15 minutes each next Thursday afternoon in New York City, and two judges rulings are necessary for either side to win. That two of the judges were appointed by Democrats could play in Brady’s favor, as they often side with labor in legal disputes. (The Boston Globe)

Julian Edelman using disappointing end of season for motivation towards 2016: It’s tough. You’re very close, you worked very hard to put yourself in the position to be in that situation, and last year just didn’t go our way,’’ Edelman said to reporters Thursday at the annual Patriots pancake party at Boston Children’s Hospital. “It just gives you a little motivation for the next year. You look forward to going out and getting ready and seeing your teammates, and train with those guys, and creating the chemistry and unity. That’s what you look forward to.’’ (WEEI.com)

Phoenix Suns GM regrets trading Isaiah Thomas to the Boston Celtics: “I think in retrospect trading Isaiah Thomas when we did was a mistake,’’ he said of last season’s trade deadline deal with the Boston Celtics. “I think sometimes in the recruitment process things sound better in July (luring Thomas in free agency) than they do in November. (MassLive.com)

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Celtics beat Bucks 112-107 to earn 9th straight win at home: Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, and the Celtics recorded their ninth straight home victory, 112-107 over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. (Boston.com)

NHL trade deadline: Bruins offered Loui Eriksson contract extension:

“There have been recent discussions,’’ Neely said of Eriksson, via CBS Boston. “(GM) Don (Sweeney) sent something (Eriksson’s) way; we haven’t gotten a response yet, but there have been ongoing discussions. “I know Don’s talking to teams about a number of different things. Not specifically Loui, but just, ‘How are we going to improve our club today and tomorrow?’’’ (NESN.com)

These Celtics will work for your love: “I’m sure when it was all scheduled no one was thinking about the fact that we’d be getting in at 3 a.m.,’’ says Celtics team president Rich Gotham, who joined his team in trekking 1,400 miles and was admittedly struggling to keep his head up at his desk. “We don’t get too many off days. You have to take advantage.’’ (Boston.com)

Timeline of the Deflategate controversy

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