So … Tom Brady and the New England Patriots most likely cheated after all.This is according to a report that took an excruciatingly long time to complete, but it has yielded result are damning and totally contaminates the spirit of the Patriots championship run that ended up with another Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks in February.The National Football League just released the results of Ted Wells’ investigation into Deflategate which says it is “more probable than not that New England Patriots personnel participated in violations of the NFL Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate attempt to circumvent those rules.”The report also says, “We also have concluded that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of [the locker room attendants] involving the release of air from Patriots game balls.”The report continues on with molten lava-level steam: when people began to get suspicious about the balls, the locker room guys began communicating with Brady by phone and text messages with “significantly increased frequency.”And here’s another fact that stinks to high heaven: Investigators also say the men who deflated the footballs “received valuable items autographed by Tom Brady the week before the AFC Championship game.”One saving grace in this NFL debacle? Patriots owner Robert Kraft and mad-genius head coach Bill Belichick were not aware of Deflategate.Kraft issued a statement saying, “To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement.”Kraft added, “We will accept the findings of the report and take the appropriate actions based on those findings as well as any discipline levied by the league.”Back in January, Brady adamantly denied having any involvement in Deflategate.Take a look at that press conference back in January of Brady denying any knowledge of deflated footballs, then check out the funniest memes of Brady and DeflateGate:[ione_embed src=https://www.youtube.com/embed/t0fgJ3NQEew service=youtube width=560 height=315 type=iframe]
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New signing Cian Kelleher will make his competitive debut lining out at fullback against the Scottish side. The 22-year-old is named in a back three with Niyi Adeolokun and Irish international Matt Healy.Eoin Griffin has been handed the number 13 shirt for his return to the Sportsground after two seasons with London Irish. The 25-year-old from Galway will partner last season’s PRO12 Players’ Player Bundee Aki in midfield.In the pack, Denis Buckley makes a welcome return to the front row after his lengthy lay off recovering from an ankle injury. Internationals Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane are also named and Nepia Fox-Matamua returns to start in the back row with Eoin McKeon and captain John Muldoon.From the bench, Lewis Stevenson is in line to make his full Connacht debut and Kieran Marmion comes in as the replacement scrum half.Connacht team to face Glasgow Warriors, Saturday 3rd September, the Sportsground, 5:15pm15 Cian Kelleher14 Niyi Adeolokun13 Eoin Griffin12 Bundee Aki11 Matt Healy10 Jack Carty9 Caolin Blade1 Denis Buckley2 Tom McCartney3 Finlay Bealham4 Ultan Dillane5 Danny Qualter6 Eoin McKeon7 Nepia Fox-Matamua8 John Muldoon (captain)Replacements:16 Dave Heffernan17 Ronan Loughney18 JP Cooney19 Lewis Stevenson20 James Connolly21 Kieran Marmion22 Shane O’Leary23 Peter RobbInjured/Unavailable: Nathan White, Conor Carey, Quinn Roux, Andrew Browne, Ben Marshall, Jake Heenan, Sean O’Brien, Eoghan Masterson, John Cooney, Craig Ronaldson, Marnitz Boshoff, Darragh LeaderReferee: Ian Davies (WRU, 49th competition game)Assistant Referees: Sean Brickell (WRU), Eddie Hagan-O’Connell (IRFU)Citing Commissioner: Peter Ferguson (IRFU)TMO: Jon Mason (WRU)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht Rugby Head Coach Pat Lam has named his first competitive XV of the new Guinness PRO12 season as his side prepares to host Glasgow Warriors at the Sportsground tomorrow afternoon (kick off 5.15pm – live on Sky Sports). Guinness PRO12 Final, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland 28/5/2016Connacht vs LeinsterConnacht’s John Muldoon lift the Guinness Pro12 TrophyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland