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Gisele Bündchen may have countless fashion credits to her name, but none of that matters where style is concerned in the Brady household.

“You should see our closets, it’s so funny,” the 37-year-old supermodel said of husband Tom Brady to WSJ. Magazine. “I would say that he likes fashion more than I like fashion. I would say he’s changed his haircut in one year more than I’ve changed in my whole life.”

Married for nearly a decade, the self-described “jeans and a T-shirt girl” remains her well-dressed husband’s No. 1 fan, as he embarks on his 19th season with the Patriots, following New England’s 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last month in Super Bowl LII. Should Brady, 40, decide to walk away from the game in the coming years, it will be his choice, first and foremost.

“These two cats are capable of that kind of stuff, too, they are just a rare breed.’’

A rare breed in the same pinstriped lineup. Look out, legends.

With Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge set to make their debut as teammates, here’s Dan Martin’s look at some other standout duos in sports history.

The once-again Raiders head coach spoke bullishly on the free agent’s chances, saying the quarterback who has filed a grievance against the league “probably” will be on a team soon — despite the entire league passing on Kaepernick last season.

By the next season, Kaepernick was out of the league, and he would later file his case alleging the league colluded to keep him out.

Kaepernick is still trying to find a job, though he hasn’t received any sniffs from teams.

As for the other quarterbacks who intrigue Gruden: Tebow is a minor league baseball player, Griffin has been a shell of himself since knee surgery following his 2012 season and Manziel, trying to make a comeback, bombed out of the league in 2015 and has brought distractions that are more criminal than activist.jets_120

Chiefs add backup quarterback Matt McGloin

For the second time this month, the Chiefs have brought in a backup quarterback for Patrick Mahomes.

Matt McGloin signed with the Chiefs today, the team announced. McGloin joins the newly signed Chad Henne as backups behind Mahomes, last year’s first-round draft pick who will be the starter this year.

Hours after Smith signs with Raiders, the Santa Clara Country district attorney files three misdemeanor charges — DUI, hit and run with property damage and vandalism — related to his arrest in August. Smith’s arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 6.

Nine games into the 2015 NFL season, Smith is suspended for one year by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. The Raiders say Smith “remains prominently in our long term plans and we will continue to support this member of our family as he gets the help that he needs.”

The trial had been set to commence during the team’s training camp. It’s unclear whether the dismissal of the felony charge will change that.

Anderson still faces multiple misdemeanor charges arising from the January incident.

This season’s rookie class is chock-full of fantasy promise, but who are the best long-term bets among the likes of Lonzo Ball, Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell? What about Markelle Fultz and Jayson Tatum?

The 2017-18 season isn’t even in the books, and our experts are already scouting ahead. Which players are likely to fly under the radar heading into the 2018-19 season?

The optimal DFS lineup for last night’s slate included Tyler Ennis and Josh Hart of the Los Angeles Lakers and Danuel House Jr. and Dragan Bender of the Phoenix Suns. We even saw OG Anunoby excel on Sunday. I’ve espoused this approach before, but it bears repeating for these frenzied final days — fantasy managers in season-long leagues can glean actionable information from DFS results and analysis.
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The problem with women sportscasters isn’t with the women, it’s with the men who hire and assign them.

The women are presented as evidence of inclusion and diversity when too often their presence is designed for publicity and tokenism. Then there are those hired and paraded — and often dressed — to attract the “young male demographic” as “hot babes” when the Internet now serves to satisfy prurient interests on demand.

How can a defense this good spend January at home? It hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three games.

That Newton eventually hands the ball to a kid in the stands excuses nothing. It’s more evidence that he knows kids are watching — and may choose to play like Cam!

Though Gonzaga and the University of Washington are both in Washington, a four-hour ride between them, the schools’ basketball teams made an 8,000-mile round trip to play each other on Thanksgiving eve at the Atlantis resort and casino in The Bahamas.

But not all the student-athletes were unable to be home for Thanksgiving. Given that six were recruited from outside the U.S., including Poland and Senega, it is unlikely those at their homes celebrate our Thanksgiving.

By the way, given that St. John’s roster includes two recruits from Italy and one each from Guinea, Mali, France and Spain, forget classes; it’s a wonder Chris Mullin can conduct practice in English.

And yet 32 NFL teams have taken the exact same view on Kaepernick: that his actions have disqualified him from employment.

Let’s not hear any more about this being about football-related considerations. Let’s not have another league official or owner of a franchise say that NFL teams do whatever they can to improve themselves and to win games.

He ambles over to a monitor just to the left of a matrix of 10 television screens — nine of which have been showing live, early games from the NFL’s Week 13 — to narrate a couple of scoring plays that had occurred moments earlier. “Speaking of two points, punt to [the Broncos’] Isaiah McKenzie, who fields inside the 5, for reasons that escape most people, and then loses the football.

That’s a safety. That’s two points for the other team — 35-9 [Dolphins]. How about seven for the other team? Jake Rudock in for the injured Matthew Stafford. He’s picked. He’s pick-sixed. That is Eric Weddle with his beard into the end zone, and the Ravens have hung 44 on the Lions. Back to the two-point try for the Jets.”

With that, the Red Zone Channel goes full screen from East Rutherford for the CBS broadcast with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts. Now off-air, Siciliano stops at a podium to check Twitter on his laptop, then focuses his attention back to Jets-Chiefs.nike-youth-cardinals-079

No more junk about how the Pats are definitely winning the AFC East, and MAYBE the Fins take a wild-card spot.

Did you really think somebody else would be No. 1? Brady remains lethal at age 40, building on his case as the greatest quarterback of all time with yet another All-Pro season. He’s the reason the Patriots are heavy favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

Also worth noting: What a gritty performance we saw from LeSean McCoy on Sunday. He ran hard, toughing out an injury that, had this been the regular season, probably would’ve sent him to the sideline. You don’t cruise past 10K career rushing yards without being tough. Hard to finesse 346 touches in a season, too.

The Chargers have given L.A. two contending NFL teams and they are, at the moment, the best team in the AFC West. Which isn’t saying very much at all.

The Titans and Jaguars are stride for stride in the AFC South race as the season’s stretch run arrives. A crucial road trip comes next for the Titans, with games at Arizona and at San Francisco the next two Sundays.

While the Giants are about to move on to their second coach since Tom Coughlin’s exit — a less-than-voluntary departure, in Coughlin’s telling of it — he is enjoying great success as the front office architect of the Jaguars. If the best revenge is to live well, Coughlin is doing it.

It’s not that Eddie Lacy was bad on Friday night, but once again, when he was given an opportunity to take a firm grasp on the RB1 job, he failed to do so.

Again, Lacy was fine. He was actually better than he had been in previous preseason performances. He rushed for 21 yards on four carries, though 11 of those yards came on his first carry of the game.

Each week, national NFL writer Mark Maske will provide his ranking of the league’s 32 teams. After New England’s surprising defeat at the hands of the Chiefs on opening night in Foxborough, the top spot quickly became up for grabs.chargers_050

Giants coach Ben McAdoo explains decision to bench Eli Manning

How much do you think a mobile quarterback can be different to work with or can be helpful to you at this point?
As far as Geno, Geno has a skillset that is a little bit different than Eli. He is a pocket passer and he can do some creating on the move. I think that’s something Eli has gotten better at over the years, but Geno can create on the move. He’s going to have to pick his spots. They’re a very, very talented rush this week. But, I’m excited to watch him play.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid on whether he’s considering a quarterback change: “That’s not where I am right now.”

Mayfield, the Oklahoma quarterback whose storybook saga began with him walking on at Texas Tech, captured the 83rd Heisman in a landslide victory.

Gronk: I gotta keep my cool: After the Patriots dominated in their 23-3 win over the Bills, Rob Gronkowski was quick to apologize after for his cheap shot on Tre’Davious White, saying: “I don’t really believe in any types of shots like that but just through the frustration process — the game of football — emotions, (it’s) what happened.That definitely could hurt the team. Obviously it didn’t hurt the team there [today], but it definitely could in the future. I gotta keep my cool.”

“He’s a winner”: That’s how wide receiver Marquise Goodwin described QB Jimmy Garoppolo after he led the Niners to victory over the Bears in his first start. “Just look at him. Look at him. He’s got it all together,” Goodwin said. “He came in, short time and is helping us flip this thing around. Some people are just winners, and he’s a winner.”nike_redskins_3051

Dwight Freeney snapped up by Lions day after being cut by Seahawks

Freeney will be reunited in Detroit with Lions coach Jim Caldwell. Freeney played for Caldwell while with the Colts from 2002-10; Caldwell was an assistant in Indianapolis from 2002-08 and head coach there from 2009-11. In fact, as coach of Wake Forest, Caldwell recruited Freeney, but Freeney decided to go to Syracuse, ProFootballTalk notes.

At 6-4, the Lions are in the NFC playoff mix. They host the 8-2 Vikings on Thanksgiving Day in a key NFC North contest, although it would be surprising to see Freeney on the field the day after being signed.

On Thursday night, the Atlanta Falcons edged out the New Orleans Saints. There are 15 games yet to be played whose fantasy-relevant injured players are represented here.

Tom Brady, New England Patriots, Achilles, Monday night: Achilles soreness continues to keep Brady listed on the injury report. He had a day off Thursday, was limited on Friday and, as expected, participated on Saturday. This is a Monday night game, but there is no doubt who will be under center against the Dolphins.

Peterman scrambled for a 2-yard gain and fell forward as he was hit by Colts linebacker Antonio Morrison. Peterman’s teammates immediately called for trainers, who assisted Peterman to the medical tent on the sideline and, later, to the locker room. He did not return to the game.

Peterman is a rookie fifth-round pick from Pittsburgh who made his second NFL start Sunday in place of Tyrod Taylor, who was inactive because of a bruised knee. Peterman completed five of 10 passes for 57 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown to Kelvin Benjamin, in heavy snow at New Era Field.

Bills emergency quarterback Joe Webb, who has mostly played wide receiver and on special teams this season, replaced Peterman. Webb completed two of six passes for 35 yards and was intercepted late in the fourth quarter.chargers_027

Aaron Donald ends holdout, rejoins Rams

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald has officially ended his holdout and reported to the team one day before the team will open the season against the Indianapolis Colts, according to Pro Football Talk.

The late arrival means that Donald will not be on the field when the Rams begin the season Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The holdout for Donald ends without a contract, which means it could be tough for the Rams to keep the defensive tackle when his rookie deal expires.

With his fast rise and status as the Rams’ best defensive player, Donald was severely underpaid heading into the season, with two years left on his rookie contract. Currently, he’s scheduled to make just $1.802 million, a bargain for the Rams but a pittance for a player of Donald’s caliber.

Tolzien had two, and damn near a third to tie the record, but his receiver bailed him out.

That’s Donte Moncrief nearly ripping off the defensive back’s head and knocking the ball out. He got a facemask penalty, but that’s a small price to pay to save your quarterback from historical football status.

Tolzien’s previous two picks were exactly the same, a panicked throw late to his left.

Mercifully, the Colts brought in Jacoby Brissett for the fourth quarter.

Way to go, Colts! You might be worse than the Jets, maybe.

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They’ve basically bypassed the Flywire era by standing still.

When Nike took over the NFL’s uniform contract in 2012, the Packers were one of several teams that opted to stick with the old Reebok fabric and tailoring template (which is easy to spot — just look for the mesh fabric), and they’ve continued to stick with it this season. They’ve basically bypassed the Flywire era by standing still.

There’s one bit of Pack-related uni news, however: Last season, wide receiver Ty Montgomery spent most of his time lining up in the backfield. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it looked a little weird, because he was wearing No. 88. This year, he’s officially listed as a running back, but he’s keeping No. 88, a move permitted by NFL rules.

“I don’t mean to be a (expletive),” Shanahan added before covering the mic amid a chorus of laughter from the media. “It’s the season now. Sorry, that was bad. Shows my immaturity. If there’s any gray area, we’ll figure it out on Sunday.”

On Dec. 29, there will be wiener dog races between periods, and a post-game fireworks show in Carver Arena to celebrate the coming new year.

Sunday Family Fun Day: PNC Bank will sponsor a package for families at games on Jan. 28, Feb. 18, March 4 and March 25. Kids 12-under get a ticket for $3, hot dogs for $1, plus there are inflatables, face painting and balloon art in the lobby. All fans are invited to skate with the Rivermen players after the game.raptors_006

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ONE factor, more than any other, convinced Andrew Bogut to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers: revenge against the team that traded him away.

So says Michael Lee, The Vertical’s senior NBA writer, who told Fox Sports Radio in the US that Bogut’s move to the Cavs was motivated by the pain of rejection from Golden State.

We look at what the US media has had to say on Bogut’s latest career change. Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey wowed everyone with his athleticism. He put up top numbers in almost every category, and his 3-cone drill was the second-best by a running back since 2003.

“Which team would put him in the best possible place to defeat the Warriors and get revenge for trading him,” Lee said, when asked what was Bogut’s primary motivation in joining the Cavaliers.

“He was very upset that he got traded to make room for Kevin Durant. He didn’t necessarily want to leave Golden State. He had some great years for the Warriors. He found happiness there.

“To get traded I think really hurt him. When he became a free agent he looked around and was like, ‘Who can help me beat the Warriors?’

Meanwhile, big performances from less-heralded players like Donnel Pumphrey, Kareem Hunt, and Brian Hill could be the difference between Day 2 or Day 3 selections — or even being drafted at all. Samaje Perine has already made an impact, cranking out an impressive 30 reps at the bench press — six more than the next-closest invitee.

Tennessee’s Alvin Kamara has turned heads, too, especially with his 39.5-inch vertical jump.

Unfortunately for Texas running back D’Onta Foreman, he had to pull out of the rest of the drills on Friday with a stress fracture in his foot.

RGIII, Jay Gruden dismiss report of ‘alienated’ locker room

Washington head coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Robert Griffin III dismissed a report that Griffin had “alienated” the locker room. The report, from ESPN’s Britt McHenry, came out despite evidence showing that the Washington players were more incensed by the team opening the locker room to media after practice last week.

Following Washington’s loss to Minnesota Sunday, Griffin’s first game since a Week 2 ankle injury, Gruden called McHenry’s report “totally false,” according to The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg.

It’s quite possible that Kaepernick hit the ground or crossed the goal line before losing the ball. The problem is that the referees needed conclusive evidence to overturn the call. The entire substance of this play happens in between a forest of human beings, with bodies and arms and limbs obstructing the view of the cameras.

It’s impossible to say with 100 percent certainty what happened here. If you’re a 49ers fan, you probably see a player down. If you’re a Rams fan, you probably see a fumble. But with the evidence provided, there’s no way to be completely sure of what happened in the middle of that pile. It might not be fair, but the refs couldn’t overturn their ruling on the field. And the Rams came away with a 13-10 win.

THAT said: we’re not really sure how this Michael Crabtree catch on the play before was not ruled a touchdown:

The nose touches the ground, but Crabtree has control of the ball when that happens. The refs didn’t rule this incomplete, they ruled it down at the half-yard line, which doesn’t make sense. But when Crabtree tucks the ball into his body, it’s across the plane. This really should’ve been a touchdown.

San Francisco fans can feel slighted by both of these plays. But with the former play, the refs did the best with the evidence they had. With the latter, it’s not really clear what they were looking at.2