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The reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots filed a federal court brief Wednesday asking the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals to hear Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension appeal. Brady faces a four-game ban at the start of the 2016 NFL campaign for the quarterback's supposed role in the underinflating of footballs for the 2015 American Conference championship game. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell imposed the four-game ban on Brady last year following a league investigation that declared Brady was generally aware of the lower than regulation air pressure in balls used by the Patriots in the playoff contest.
CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) — About 20 homes were damaged Wednesday night in a rural area of northern Kansas after a large tornado passed through but there were no immediate reports of injuries, the state Highway Patrol said.