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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 May. “There’s a clear movement to wanting … 0

Film narrows slaying window

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors used video Wednesday in an attempt to establish former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and two of his friends from Bristol, Conn., killed Odin Lloyd in a four-minute window on June 17, 2013. The surveillance footage played at Hernandez’s murder trial shows headlights moving toward and away … 0

Pats sign McCourty; Revis decision near?

Monday, March 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Devin McCourty says he’s returning to the New England Patriots for five more years. Cornerback Darrelle Revis could be gone. McCourty said that he’s happy to stay with the Super Bowl champions, telling Patriots fans on Twitter on Monday: “Let’s go win another Super Bowl...or 5.” In a telephone call to Comcast SportsNet New England on Sunday night, McCourty said … 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

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

Brady vs. Luck replaces Brady vs. Manning

Monday, January 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — No Brady vs. Manning XVII this postseason. Now it’s Brady vs. Luck IV. Translation: After 16 matchups with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady will face Andrew Luck for the fourth time when the star quarterbacks lead the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. At … 0

Pats remain confident despite huge deficits

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Skeptics pounced when a blowout loss left the New England Patriots with a 2-2 record. Quarterback Tom Brady was over the hill, they said. Maybe Bill Belichick wasn’t a coaching genius after all. But the Patriots never had doubts. Not when they endured grueling practices to … 0

Ravens seek more playoff success in Foxborough

Friday, January 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The temperature drops, friendly fans roar and the Patriots pile up victories. New England has the best home record in the NFL in Bill Belichick’s 15 seasons as coach, playoffs included. Watch out, though. Here come … 0

Revis Pats playoff difference-maker

Thursday, January 8, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Darrelle Revis looked straight ahead and spotted the reporter standing behind his right shoulder. “I can see him right now without looking at him,” New England’s star cornerback said, smiling at writers and cameras at his locker. “It’s a God-given talent.” Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith … 0

Pro Roundup: Pats, Bruins, Celts

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England’s offensive line was a work in progress that wasn’t showing much progress. The player the Patriots could least afford to lose was under pressure in the very first game behind a rebuilt line that had just lost its toughest blocker. Four sacks of Tom … 0

Brady shrugs off past problems against Ravens

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The last time Tom Brady faced the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs, he threw interceptions on the New England Patriots’ final two drives. In their three playoff matchups, he lost twice. All those games were at … 0

Flacco stands tall among postseason QBs

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In the afterglow of a playoff victory over Pittsburgh last weekend, Ravens coach John Harbaugh proclaimed Joe Flacco to be “the best quarterback in football.” Given time to reflect on his comment, Harbaugh didn’t back down. “I said it. I meant it,” Harbaugh said … 0

Brady not focusing on past vs. Ravens

Monday, January 5, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a three-time Super Bowl champion and a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player. But twice in the playoffs, his path to the Super Bowl has been blocked by the Ravens. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco outdueled Brady during the 2012 AFC championship … 0