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In the NFL, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft fielded questions on the ongoing 'Deflategate' investigation at this week's NFL owners meeting, and the Cleveland Browns offered an update on Johnny Manziel.

Elsewhere, in the NBA, it was a big night for one of this year's top MVP candidates whilst the NHL could soon be welcoming back a player who 'voluntarily retired' back in 2013.

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We begin in the NFL where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has spoken out about DeflateGate.

Speaking at the NFL owners meeting in Arizona, Kraft confidently told reporters that there is no smoking gun that could prove the Patriots used under-inflated football during their playoff clash against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Kraft also clarified comments he made in the week proceeding the Patriots' Super Bowl victory.

The NFL's investigation into the claims against the Patriots have been ongoing since the day after the AFC Championship clash against the Colts. Despite rumor, speculation and alleged video footage Kraft's comments are about as close as we have come to any official word on the matter in recent months.

"I like to worry about things I can control. I know that there's no smoking gun here," Robert Kraft on Deflategate investigation.

Elsewhere in the league, the Cleveland Browns are expecting Johnny Manziel to return to the fold for April’s offseason workouts.

The quarterback has been in rehab since checking himself in in late January but is progressing well according to reports. Browns GM, Ray Farmer, though did admit that those in charge of his care will have the final say before he re-enters the fray at the franchise.

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Across to the NBA and it was another huge night for James Harden.

The Houston Rockets star boosted his MVP prospects with 44 points to help his team beat the Indiana Pacers 110-100.

Harden faces competition from Steph Curry for the MVP crown but, with the Rockets now sitting in third spot out West, his mind will be fully focussed on the impending postseason challenge that lies ahead.

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Finally in the NHL, Ilya Kovalchuk is considering a surprise return to the league.

The Finnish star hasn’t played in the NHL since 2013 after he opted for voluntary retirement whilst at the New Jersey Devils.

With one more year left on his deal at the Kontinental Hockey League's SKA St. Petersburg it is likely he will seek a move ahead of the 2016 season.

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