PARIS -- French law enforcement authorities on Saturday pledged extremely high security in Paris for Sundays European Championship final, with thousands of police patrolling as hundreds of thousands of fans mass in the French capital for the match.Security forces have three key venues to protect when France plays Portugal: The Stade de France stadium hosting the final -- outside of which three suicide bombers blew themselves up last year, the 92,000-capacity fan zone in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and the Champs-Elysees boulevard, which will likely be swamped with fans after the match.Mathias Vicherat, the Paris Mayors chief of staff, said some 1,900 police and other security officers would patrol the fan zone, while the citys police chief, Michel Cadot, said 3,400 officers would patrol the Champs-Elysees, some of them redeployed from the stadium and fan zone after the final kicks off.We have the extremely favorable ratio of one officer for fewer than 50 spectators in the fenced-off fan area where supporters can watch the match on a giant screen, Vicherat said. So it is an extremely high standard.Security forces have already successfully protected a total of 11 matches at the Stade de France and Paris stadium the Parc des Princes, including the tournaments opening match, but the final is expected to draw the biggest crowds as France aims to win its third European title by beating Cristiano Ronaldos Portugal.Troops have been patrolling the streets of Paris for months in the aftermath of two deadly attacks by Islamic extremists last year. As Portugal and France fans wandered along the Champs-Elysees on Saturday they passed army trucks and submachine gun-toting troops.Cadot said that the extreme security levels are in place because Paris is still under a general terrorist threat.He also ruled out using the Champs-Elysees as a venue for honoring the French team on Monday if it wins the tournament, saying that the wide, tree-lined street has to be prepared for an annual military parade to mark the French national holiday of Bastille Day on July 14.Meticulous security preparations began long before the tournament and included an exercise in March in which officials simulated an attack involving a chemical bomb at an open-air screening of a match, with thousands of spectators.France has mobilized some 90,000 security agents around stadiums, fan zones and streets to keep fans safe. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has also kept his ministrys crisis room open throughout the tournament to help monitor events and coordinate responses should action be necessary.The work has paid off so far.On the eve of the final, tournament organizer UEFA paid tribute to the work of the French security forces in the 50 matches played in 10 host cities leading up to the final.We owe a great debt of thanks to the French people, to the French president, Francois Hollande, to the French government, the host cities, and the French police and armed forces, who have done such a marvelous job of ensuring the safety of the millions of fans who have come from all over Europe to attend this tournament, UEFA senior vice president Angel Maria Villar said Saturday.Matches early in the June 10-July 10 tournament, most notably the 1-1 draw between England and Russia in Marseille, were marred by hooligan violence, but there have been no other major security problems at the a tournament.France has achieved something quite remarkable, delivering one of the worlds biggest sporting events in very challenging circumstances, Villar said. 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It is now stretching into its third season, with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady scheduled to sit out the first four games of 2016.Here is a timeline of some of the notable events in the saga:Jan. 18, 2015: Patriots beat Colts 45-7 in AFC Championship game .Jan. 19, 1:55 a.m.: Hours after the game, Bob Kravitz of WTHR in Indianapolis writes on Twitter : Breaking: A league source tells me the NFL is investigating the possibility the Patriots deflated footballs Sunday night. More to come. The NFL later confirms it is looking into whether footballs supplied by New England were properly inflated .Jan. 22: Patriots coach Bill Belichick defers questions to Brady, who denies doctoring the footballs: I have no knowledge of anything, any wrongdoing.Jan. 23: NFL puts attorney Ted Wells in charge of the investigation. No timetable is set.Jan. 24: At no time was there any intent whatsoever to try to compromise the integrity of the game or to gain an advantage, Belichick says in an unscheduled news conference before leaving for the Super Bowl. Im proud of this team.Jan. 26: Patriots arrive in Glendale, Arizona, for the Super Bowl. Owner Robert Kraft said he expects an apology once the team is cleared of wrongdoing. I would expect and hope the league would apologize to our entire team, and in particular to coach Belichick and Tom Brady, for what theyve had to endure this week, he said.Jan. 30: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says there would be no resolution to the scandal now widely known as Deflategate until after the Super Bowl . We dont know enough in this investigation to know who was responsible or whether there was even an infraction, he said.Feb. 1: President Barack Obama notes the 45-7 score of the AFC title game and says the Patriots would have won regardless of what the footballs looked like but also said: I think that if you break the rules then you break the rules.Also on Feb. 1: Patriots defeat Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl for their fourth NFL championship . Brady is the games Most Valuable Player.April 23: Obama welcomes Patriots to White House. Joking about the distractions they faced, he said: That whole story got blown a little out of proportion.May 6: Wells Report is published . Investigation finds 11 of 12 footballs provided by Patriots were under the leagues required minimum air pressure -- most slightly but one more than 2 pounds per square inch underinflated. It also cited a text message from low-level team staffer calling himself the Deflator and called Bradys explanations implausible. Wells concluded it was more probable than not that the Patriots intentionally deflated footballs, and that Brady was at least generally aware of the illegal scheme.May 11: Goodell suspends Brady four games, fines the Patriots $1 million and docks the team two draft choices .May 14: Brady appeals suspension, asks for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case. Goodell says he will hear appeal personally. Patriots go live with rebuttal website, Wells Report in Context .May 19: At NFL meetings, Kraft says he will accept teams penalty: At no time should the agenda of one team outweigh the collective good of the 32.May 23: A Massachusetts woman uses her obituary to express support for Brady: Patricia enjoyed scrapbooking, cross stitching, pixel art, knitting, and crocheting, it said, adding: She would also like us to set the record straight for her: Brady is innocent!! A day later at a Free Tom Brady rally outside of Gillette Stadium, a pair of local newlyweds say they are postponing their honeymoon until Brady is cleared .June 23: Brady testifies at a 10-hour appeal hearing at the NFLs Park Avenue offices.July 28: Goodell upholds the original suspension. In announcing his decision, he reveals that Brady destroyed a cellphone investigators had requested.July 29: Brady appeals to federal court. Kraft issues defiant statement in support of Brady : I was wrong to put my faith in the league. Brady defends himself on Facebook .July 30: Training camp opens with thousands of fans coming out to support Brady, who is allowed to practice with the team and play in exhibition games despite the pending suspension. An airplane buzzed the practice field towing a banner that said: Cheaters Look Up! The online gambling site Bovada dropped the Patriots odds of winning the Super Bowl from 9-1 to 12-1.ddddddddddddAug. 11-13: Brady and Goodell appear in federal district court as Judge Richard Berman tells them to negotiate a solution. Courtroom artist Jane Rosenberg faces cyberbullying after her gaunt depiction of Brady is compared to the figure in Edvard Munchs painting The Scream.Aug. 18: On the eve of their court hearing, Brady and Goodell meet for four hours but cannot agree on a settlement.Aug. 19: At oral arguments in Bermans court, the judge warns NFL lawyers that the suspension is in jeopardy.Sept. 3: Berman overturns suspension , criticizing Goodell for dispensing his own brand of industrial justice.Sept. 9: Berman releases copies of letters written to him about Deflategate . A Nevada teacher writes: despite the absurdity you, an esteemed Federal Judge, needs to supervise these juvenile adults.Sept. 10: With Brady at quarterback, the Patriots open the 2015 season by beating Pittsburgh 28-21. Before the game, the Patriots unveiled their championship banner. Attorney Jeffrey Kessler attends the game and is given a heros welcome by Patriots fans. Goodell is mocked in abstentia. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wonders aloud whether the Patriots had anything to do with problems with the headsets the coaches use to communicate during games.Sept. 13: Miss Georgia Betty Cantrell wins the Miss America pageant after being asked during the question and answer portion whether Brady cheated . Id have to see the ball and feel it she said, before adding, If theres any question, then yes, he cheated.Sept. 17: The NFL submits 200-page filing, asking the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals to reverse Bermans decision.Jan. 24, 2016: The Denver Broncos beat New England 20-18 in the 2016 AFC Championship game, concluding a second Patriots season since the start of the scandal.Feb. 29: Brady restructures his contract, turning much of his salary into a bonus that is paid regardless of whether the suspension is upheld. The move would save him $1.5 million .March 3: Oral arguments before the 2nd Circuit . NFL attorney Paul Clement spoke for both sides, and NFL fans alike: It would be an awful shame if this issue has to be hanging over the league for another whole season, he said. End this right now.March 21: In light of the doubts raised about the Deflategate evidence, Kraft asks the NFL to restore the teams draft picks . Goodell denies the request .April 6: A group of Patriots fans sues in federal court, accusing the NFL of common law fraud , negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and racketeering and asking for the draft picks to be returned. Kraft is also named in the suit, which says he chose his fellow billionaire owners above the plaintiffs and fellow fans.April 25: A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit rules 2-1 to reinstate Bradys suspension, saying Goodell was within the rights delegated to him by the NFLs collective bargaining agreement . After the ruling, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump campaigns in Rhode Island and tells the NFL: Leave Tom Brady alone . Also: The NFL Players Association announces that Brady merchandise was the most popular in the league the previous year.April 29: The NFL draft proceeds with 31 picks in the first round. The Patriots do not have a pick .May 23: Bradys lawyers appeal the decision, asking for a rehearing before the three-judge panel or one in front of the entire 2nd Circuit bench. A day later, nearly two dozen engineering and physics professors file a friend of the court brief in support of Brady , arguing that the NFLs scientific conclusions were flawed.May 25: The New England Patriots file a brief in support of Brady . Its the first time the team has broken with the league in the case, and the first time an NFL team has opposed the league in court since Al Davis sued over the right to move the Raiders. A week later, the AFL-CIO weighs in on the case as well.June 1: Minor-league baseball teams in New England and Buffalo, home of the Patriots AFC East rival, schedule dueling Deflategate promotions . The Pawtucket Red Sox offer free admission to fans named Tom or Brady; at Keep Brady Suspended night in Buffalo, fans bringing a properly inflated football get two tickets for the price of one.June 24: In a HBO interview, actor and Patriots fan Ben Affleck goes on an expletive-filled rant about Deflategate .July 13: 2nd Circuit rejects Bradys appeal . Discount NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '