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President Barack Obama holds a signed New England Patriots football helmet during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, to honor the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl XLIX victory. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama salutes, pokes at champion Patriots

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored the New England Patriots for winning the Super Bowl despite a “huge distraction” and “media circus” over underinflated footballs in their conference championship game. Obama recognized the NFL champions Thursday during a White House ceremony on the South Lawn. “That whole story got blown a little out of proportion,” Obama said of the so-called … 0

Judge strikes witness’ claim of paranoia

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FALL RIVER — Aaron Hernandez was paranoid, and had an irrational fear of iPhones and law enforcement, longtime Hartford, Conn., resident Alexander Bradley said Wednesday. In a lawsuit, Bradley has accused the former Patriots tight end of shooting him in the face. The men locked eyes for several seconds when Bradley took the witness stand and directed a glassy stare toward Hernandez, whom … 0

Point-after changes are likely in 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season. While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in … 0

Brady rallies Pats to tense 28-24 victory

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs. Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception. The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining Sunday night … 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 … 0

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides Tuesday, but Kraft’s protesting how his … 0

Bill and The Beast say little at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing, and it’s really more about … 0

Fans send off Pats in style

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON — Brushing aside the controversy over deflated footballs, jubilant New England fans gathered downtown Monday for a spirited send-off as the Patriots headed to Arizona for the Super Bowl. Several thousand fans packed City Hall Plaza in Boston, chanting “Brady! Brady!” and waving signs that read “Finish … 0

Patriots' corner gets second chance at Super Bowl ring

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more … 0

Sherman doubts Pats’ punishment

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if … 0

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for … 0

Belichick, Brady plead ignorance on deflated footballs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he has not been … 0

What trick will Belichick pull from his hoodie sleeve next?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long been a fan of trick plays. Some of them are even legal. But he won’t be alone in next week’s Super Bowl: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also went deep in his playbook to earn a chance to … 0