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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2016

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had a lot of time on his hands while being suspended for the first four games of the NFL season. (Kathy Willens / Associated Press)

Couch Slouch shares excerpts from Tom Brady’s off-time journal

Tom Brady, in the midst of his involuntary month-long NFL sabbatical, is notorious for being a busy bee, so he has filled his idle moments by writing a journal. Because Couch Slouch has shown unwavering support for the 39-year-old Patriots quarterback during the entirely of the Deflategate debacle, he graciously agreed to share with us diary excerpts of one of his recent Bill Belichick-free Sundays.

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Atlanta running back Tevin Coleman (26) gets a hug after scoring one of his three touchdowns in 45-32 win over New Orleans. (Butch Dill / Associated Press)

Devonta Freeman leads Falcons past Saints in MNF

Devonta Freeman practically wore out the Superdome turf with one long gain after another, Tevin Coleman wouldn’t be denied near the goal line and the host New Orleans Saints hardly looked like the team that made an emotional homecoming nearly 10 years ago to the day.

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Fullback Marcel Reece, center, has been released by the Oakland Raiders. (Ben Margot / Associated Press)

Raiders release Pro Bowl FB Marcel Reece

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have released Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece after his four-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs was completed. Reece sat out the final game of 2015 and the first three games this season because of ...

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Tuesday’s TV highlightsBaseball, MLB 4 p.m.: Boston at New York Yankees... ESPN2 5 p.m.: Cincinnati at St. Louis ... MLB 5 p.m.: Seattle at Houston ... Root Boxing 5 p.m.: Premier Champions, Perrella vs. Ugas, welterweights ... Fox Sports 1 ...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 25, 2016

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson stays down after injuring his knee after being tackled by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold in the second half of the Seahawks’ 37-18 win. (Associated Press)

Blanchette: Seahawks handle Niners but bigger concern is Russell Wilson’s legs

What happened to Russell Wilson a few moments before backup QB Trevone Boykin hustled onto the field on Sunday afternoon against the San Francisco 49ers had receiver Doug Baldwin thinking very bad thoughts. “My heart dropped,” admitted Baldwin. “It was weird, because I haven’t felt like that in a long time – my heart just dropping out of my chest like that.”

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Arnold Palmer, center, watches as Jack Nicklaus, left, and Gary Player touch fists after Palmer hit his ceremonial drive on the first tee before the first round of the 2014 Masters golf tournament, in Augusta, Georgia. (Associated Press)

Golf great Arnold Palmer dead at 87

Arnold Palmer, a Pennsylvania greenskeeper’s son who became one of golf’s most charismatic champions and made millions of dollars by turning his popular “everyman” image into one of the most lucrative sports brands in the world, died Sunday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to his longtime assistant Doc Griffin. Palmer was hospitalized in preparation for heart surgery, but Griffin said he did not know the exact cause of death. He was 87.

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Miami Marlins player Christian Yelich, right, and teammate Justin Bour react in front of a memorial on the pitcher's mound at Marlins Park for Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 in Miami. Fernandez, the ace right-hander for the Miami Marlins, who escaped Cuba to become one of baseball's brightest stars, was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning. The game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves was canceled. (Associated Press)

Jose Fernandez distinguished himself in quest for freedom, baseball stardom

The death of Jose Fernandez was much more than the loss of one of the brightest young stars in baseball. Perhaps no athlete has ever been more representative of the South Florida experience than the Marlins’ star pitcher who made four attempts to defect from Cuba before successfully reaching the United States by boat along with his mother when he was 15.

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