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New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman catches a pass during practice Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Tempe, Ariz. The Patriots play the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Special teams could determine Super Bowl champ

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX — While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This overall arching thought that once a trick play has happened that you can’t do another one, I don’t think that’s the way it is,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We try to pull it off at the time when it works out right for us and we can take the most advantage of it and we always have to be on the lookout, we always have to … 0

Seahawks-Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl

Friday, January 30, 2015

Matchups for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball: If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big head start toward a fourth NFL championship since 2001. RB Marshawn Lynch (24) will try to impose his will on a solid but … 0

Goodell seeks to look past ‘tough year,’ to future

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX — As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league — and himself — as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. “As an organization, and as an individual, it’s been a tough year,” Goodell said Friday during his … 0

Seahawks’ Jermaine Kearse was there when it counted

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

RENTON, Wash. — Jermaine Kearse was having an NFC championship game to forget. The first two times Kearse even got his fingers on a pass from Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, the ball ended up in the hands of a Green Bay defensive back. Those two deflected interceptions were … 0

Kubiak returns to Denver to again help Elway

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gary Kubiak was all set to stay in Baltimore, where he’d had a terrific comeback as the Ravens offensive coordinator after getting fired from his head coaching job in Houston the year before. He turned down opportunities to interview for the head coaching vacancies with … 0

Source: Colts noticed deflated football after interception

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will cooperate with an NFL investigation into whether the Patriots used footballs that were not fully inflated during Sunday’s 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game. NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to Newsday early Monday morning that the … 0

Patriots brush off chatter about deflated footballs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl. The NFL hasn’t indicated how long its investigation will last into whether the team improperly let air … 0

Jury selection continues in Aaron Hernandez case

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FALL RIVER — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriot on Aaron Hernandez. Tuesday marked the second day in which dozens of prospective jurors were brought into court for individual questioning, and either advanced to the next phase of the selection process … 0

Brady proves draft, NFL hit or miss propositions

Monday, January 19, 2015

The news that the NFL is investigating the New England Patriots organization concerning whether some footballs were intentionally deflated during the AFC championship game on Sunday is interesting, but only in a what-will-Belichick-think-of-next kind of way. It’s easy to believe, given their history, that the Pats would be … 0

Clippers hang on to beat Celtics, 102-93

Monday, January 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — The Clippers blew most of a 23-point lead and they got away with it against the struggling Boston Celtics. Blake Griffin scored 22 points and DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 102-93 victory Monday. J.J. Redick and reserve Jamal Crawford added … 0

Seattle’s miracle comeback still hard for most to fathom

Monday, January 19, 2015

RENTON, Wash. — A day later, it was still hard to fathom how the Seattle Seahawks are headed for their second straight Super Bowl. Even for those directly involved in Seattle’s stunning comeback to win the NFC title. “A little bit,” said wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who caught … 0

Seahawks rise from dead for 28-22 OT win

Sunday, January 18, 2015

SEATTLE — The loudest stadium in America was silent. A return trip to the Super Bowl was slipping away. Time for the Seattle Seahawks to show why they are champions. “You have the belief these guys have in … 0

Domination!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — With a trip to the Super Bowl at stake, Bill Belichick and his coaching staff emptied their bag of tricks Sunday night. The Patriots unleashed their running game against the overmatched Indianapolis Colts. They set the … 0