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Bill Radke talks with Dan Ericson, a football coach for Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale, Washington. In light of four schools forfeiting against the "dangerously large" football team from Everett's Archbishop Murphy High School, Ericson explains that the rules are to blame. He sees a system that penalizes public schools, and harms teens who play all sports. 

Daniel Brewer arrived in London on Sunday morning wearing a Jacksonville Jaguars onesie and face paint, complete with black whiskers, brown spots and a blue nose. He had come with fellow fans from the English city of Reading to cheer on the Jags as they took on the Indianapolis Colts beneath sunny skies at Wembley Stadium.

"None of us naturally are Jags fans," Brewer confided. "We all have our own roots, but because they signed a contract, they've got our hearts."

Saying it wants to make football safer for current and future athletes, the NFL is pledging to spend $100 million for "independent medical research and engineering advancements." A main goal will be to prevent and treat head injuries.

Announcing the pledge Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said it is in addition to the $100 million the league already committed toward medical research of brain injuries and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the progressive degenerative disease that has been found in football players.

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Kim Malcolm talks with ESPN's Steve Fainaru about allegations made against Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. In May, a Congressional report alleged that Ellenbogen attempted to influence a federal study on football and brain disease. 

Bellevue running back Isaiah Gilchrist, left, leaps to avoid a tackle attempt by Eastside Catholic's Noah Failauga during the first half of the Class 3A high school football championship Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
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Bill Radke talks with King 5 reporter Chris Daniels about Bellevue High School's football program. On Tuesday, the KingCo Conference banned the school from postseason play for the next four years. The Bellevue School District is appealing the sanctions.

A federal appeals court has reinstated Tom Brady's four-game suspension over his involvement in the "Deflategate" scandal.

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that found NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was not fair when he handed down the suspension.

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After Odell Beckham hit Carolina Panthers cornerback Josh Norman with fists and helmet in December, the NFL suspended him for a game.

But what had angered the Giants’ star wide receiver? Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, says homophobic slurs allegedly had been hurled at Beckham.

Minnesota Vikings fans sit ithe stands after an NFL wild-card football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Seahawks won 10-9.
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Bill Radke talks to John Moe, former KUOW host currently with American Public Media in Minnesota, about how Vikings fans are coping with Sunday's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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Bill Radke talks with neurosurgeon Dr. Samuel Browd about his company's anti-concussion football helmet. Browd is a neurosurgeon at Seattle Children's Hospital and co-founder of the company Vicis.

A federal judge has thrown out Tom Brady's four-game suspension over his role in "deflategate."

The suspension was handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after attorney Ted Wells found that employees of the New England Patriots deflated footballs to make them easier to grip. Goodell said Brady likely knew about the scheme.

Brady appealed Goodell's decision in federal court, and today, he prevailed.

Seattle Seahawks' Derrick Coleman speaks with members of the media about how he can read lips, before an NFL football practice Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Renton, Wash.
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Marcie Sillman talks to Seattle Seahawk fullback Derrick Coleman about his new book "No Excuses" and what it was like learning to play football with a hearing impairment. 

Whatever the question, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has the answer. At a (mandatory) media appearance for the upcoming Super Bowl, Lynch stuck to one response Tuesday: "I'm just here so I won't get fined." After he said it nearly 30 times, he added one word: "Time."

The Patriots and Seahawks host the AFC and NFC Conference Championship games on Sunday. New England meets the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC crown. Seattle entertains the Green Bay Packers for the NFC crown.

The winners of those two games will kick off against each other in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday February 1 in Glendale, Arizona. Here & Now sports analyst Mike Pesca joins host Robin Young to preview the games.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation magazine, about the Green Bay Packers, the only community-owned NFL team.