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Jets fined $100K by NFL for tampering

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Woody Johnson made one costly comment for the New York Jets. The NFL is fining the team $100,000 for tampering because of the owner’s comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of the New England Patriots, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Jets will not lose any draft picks as a result of the fine, according to the person who spoke … 0

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 … 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

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

Blount happy with Pats after Steelers adventure

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A right cross to an opponent’s chin. An arrest on a marijuana possession charge. A decision to walk out on the Pittsburgh Steelers. And now, for LeGarrette Blount, a spot in the Super Bowl in a revived career. “It’s had its ups and downs,” the hard-hitting … 0

Some things to know as Pats’ probe develops

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment — including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with a football once it has been inspected for use in … 0

How Patriots’ ball boy became America’s Most Wanted villain

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The most wanted rule-breaker in America today is a New England Patriots ball boy. So whether you think “Deflategate” is a big deal or not, consider this: If the allegations are true, the fall guy won’t be the quarterback married to a supermodel or the multimillionaire coach. Just … 0

Deflated balls latest asterisk in Belichick legacy

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the Super Bowl. But it’s another example of Belichick’s reputation of … 0

Harbaugh: Ravens ‘didn’t notice anything’ about Patriots’ footballs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on a conference call Wednesday that the team didn’t notice if the New England Patriots deflated their offensive footballs in the teams’ AFC divisional playoff game, as the Patriots have been accused of doing a week later against the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL … 0

Deflategate closing in on Pats

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president for football operations, told The … 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

Blowouts pave Patriots’ road to Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams — Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the Super … 0