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Kraft says Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine and draft penalties

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said Tuesday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in using underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game, the players’ union reasserted that Tom Brady’s appeal will go … 0

Brady, union threaten Goodell with lawsuit

Friday, May 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for dismissing the penalty and setting the stage for a potential federal court battle, the NFL Players … 0

Brady appeals suspension; Pats rebut NFL

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady appealed the four-game suspension he was handed for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship game, and the players union urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to appoint a neutral arbitrator to hear the case. The expected appeal was filed by the NFL Players Association on Thursday about an hour before a 5 p.m. Eastern … 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

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