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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

Can Luck take next step vs. Patriots?

Friday, January 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Step by step, Andrew Luck has climbed into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks. In each of his three seasons, he and the Indianapolis Colts got one game closer to the Super Bowl. Now he can … 0

Take a break from the hate to appreciate the Pats

Friday, January 16, 2015

The hoodie. The skirting of the rules. The dashing quarterback with the model wife. Oh, and all that winning. There’s no getting around it, the New England Patriots sure are annoying. The team everyone loves to hate just … 0

Rask, Bruins hand Rangers 2nd straight shutout loss, 3-0

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask stopped 30 shots for his second shutout, Patrice Bergeron scored a first-period goal, and the Boston Bruins won their fifth straight by beating the New York Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night. The Rangers have … 0

Belichick proves he has new tricks up his sleeve

Thursday, January 15, 2015

When Bill Belichick pulled something new from his bag of tricks last week, some wondered if the three-time Super Bowl champion coach had found another way to bend the rules. The New England Patriots were creative and intentionally … 0

Vinatieri ready for possible farewell game at New England

Thursday, January 15, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri savored all those New England celebrations. He made the two big field goals in the “Tuck Rule” playoff game and, of course, the two game-winning Super Bowl kicks. On Sunday, the longtime Patriots kicker will return to his former home, possibly for the final … 0

Jets, 49ers, Raiders hire defensive coaches

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The New York Jets stuck with defense. The San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders are giving it a try, too. The Jets hired Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as head coach Wednesday, the 49ers promoted longtime defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, and the Raiders turned to Denver defensive … 0

Gov. Baker moves to clarify status of District Attorney in Hernandez case

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BOSTON — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker moved Wednesday to clarify the status of the recently appointed prosecutor whose office is overseeing the murder case against former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez. The governor’s office said it did not believe questions about whether Thomas Quinn would continue as … 0

Fiery Brady leads Patriots against Colts in title game

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Sometimes Tom Brady sits on the bench after a series and confers quietly with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Other times he paces the sideline unleashing expletives. From student to screamer and everything in between, the super-competitive Brady does whatever he can to come out with a … 0

Heisman winner Mariota says he’s going to NFL

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, whose bold moves and leadership on the field brought the Ducks to the brink of a national championship before falling short, is leaving Oregon early for the NFL. Mariota announced his long-awaited decision to forgo his senior season on Oregon’s website. The team … 0

Russell does it his way

Thursday, January 15, 2015

RENTON, Wash. — Of the four quarterbacks still playing on championship weekend, Seattle’s Russell Wilson is the outlier in terms of style. Tom Brady, Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers all have their quarterbacking foundations built around being pocket passers first. Luck and Rodgers — when healthy — both … 0