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Friday’s Sports Minute

Friday’s Sports Minute

Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock (15) speaks head coach Jim Harbaugh in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game against Utah Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Photo: Associated Press/Rick Bowmer

Here’s a look at some of the sports headlines making news today, Friday, Sept. 4.

PLAYERS HOPING “DEFLATEGATE” CAN USHER IN CHANGE

Tom Brady is free and Ramon Foster can’t help but laugh. Sorry, the irony is just a little too delicious.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ guard remembers joining the rest of his teammates in declining to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and the NFL Players Association in the summer of 2011 because of concerns it gave Commissioner Roger Goodell too much authority.

AFTER HARBAUGH’S DEBUT, MICHIGAN FANS WILL NEED PATIENCE

Jim Harbaugh was first to greet Jake Rudock on the Michigan sideline after he threw the pick-6 that pretty much ended any hope the Wolverines had of winning the much-hyped debut of their much-hyped coach.

The coach put an arm around his player, told him that the Utah defensive back made a great play and gave the forlorn quarterback a pat on the helmet.

Michigan fans will need to have the same type of patience with their team. Harbaugh has restored hope to the proud program, but as the 24-17 loss to the Utes on Thursday night showed, a return to glory is going to take some time.

WEEK 1: HOW WILL QUARTERBACK COMPETITIONS CONCLUDE?

An offseason spent analyzing quarterback competitions comes to a conclusion this weekend as college football season starts with all behind center.

Potentially, 14 of the AP Top 25 teams could start the season with a different No. 1 quarterback than they had last season. That includes No. 1 Ohio State, though everyone should be so lucky to have the Buckeyes’ quarterback quandary.

COLUMN: WAIT, GOODELL GOT IT WRONG AGAIN? ROGER THAT!

The day is coming when NFL owners won’t have enough faith in Roger Goodell’s judgment to let him order lunch.

At his current pace, that won’t take long. Counting Thursday’s ruling in the so-called “Deflategate” case, the commissioner who staked his reputation on being a disciplinarian is now 0-for-his-past-five disciplinary decisions.

In a sometimes-scathing, 40-page opinion released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman didn’t even try to tackle the questions of whether there was enough air in the footballs the New England Patriots used to beat the Indianapolis Colts in a playoff game nine long months ago, and who knew what about it when.

NYPD: TEACHER ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY FLYING DRONE AT US OPEN

A New York City teacher was arrested early Friday for allegedly crashing a drone into an empty section of seats at the U.S. Open, police said.

Daniel Verley, 26, faces charges of reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park outside of prescribed area.

A police department spokesman said Verley was a teacher at the Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn. Calls for comment to the school and the Department of Education were not immediately returned Friday.

NO. 1 UP FOR GRABS AT 2ND PLAYOFF EVENT IN BOSTON

The second FedEx Cup playoff event is all about the Big Three.

And the battle for No. 1.

Rory McIlroy returned to No. 1 in the world even though he skipped opening playoff event last week at The Barclays. That’s mostly about math, and an indication that McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are running nose-to-nose at the moment. Spieth has the easiest road back to No. 1 this week and likely only has to finish ahead of McIlroy.

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