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Morning Sports Update: NFL reportedly won’t re-engage in settlement talks with Tom Brady

Good morning, sports fans.

Roger Goodell and the NFL won in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Kiichiro Sato/AP

Roger Goodell and the NFL reportedly don’t have interest in settlement talks with Tom Brady, the Red Sox beat the Braves, 9-4, and a NESN broadcaster moves to ESPN.

NFL reportedly won’t re-engage in settlement talks with Tom Brady: The NFL doesn’t see any need to reopen settlement talks with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Players Association regarding Brady’s four-game suspension, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. (ESPN.com)

Red Sox reliever Carson Smith could return by Monday: If all goes well, the righty could be activated in time for the beginning of a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Monday. (ESPN.com)

John Farrell says ‘bottom line numbers are undeniable’ for knuckleballer Steven Wright: “It’s not the arms,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday about why we don’t see more knuckleball pitchers. “It’s the mastery or endless pursuit to execute that pitch. … And then I think you need an organization that embraces it. Tim Wakefield certainly has paved the way for Steven Wright to continue to provide opportunities. … It’s a unique pitch, we know, but the bottom line numbers are undeniable.” (NESN.com)

Former Patriot, BC Eagle Ron Brace reportedly died of apparent heart attack: Ron Brace, a 29-year-old former defensive lineman for the Patriots and Boston College, died of an apparent heart attack Saturday at his family’s Springfield home, a law enforcement source said Tuesday. (The Boston Globe)

Elle Duncan leaving NESN to join ESPN: Elle Duncan, who has been an anchor and reporter at NESN the past two years, is leaving the network for ESPN. (Boston.com)

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