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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

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

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

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