Colts questioned Patriots’ foot balls before title game

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after Mike Adams picked off two of Tom Brady’s passes in November and that the Ravens had noticed the kicking balls were softer … 0

After killing, Hernandez knew endorsements gone

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez matter-of-factly told witnesses that his endorsement days were over, according to testimony Wednesday from his fiancee’s uncle, who said the conversation happened a day after a slaying Hernandez would eventually be charged in. Azia Jenkins was called to the stand in Hernandez’s murder trial by prosecutor William McCauley, who asked him what happened June … 0

NFL fines Irvin, Gronk, 2 others for their roles in Super Bowl scrap

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK — Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin has been fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in a scuffle with 18 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Three other players received lesser fines. Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui were fined $8,628 each. Hoomanawanui was fined for unnecessary roughness, the others … 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

Ravens road warriors

Monday, January 5, 2015

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The roar that filled the stadium in the first quarter had long since disappeared, and so had the majority of Pittsburgh Steelers fans. As the Baltimore Ravens walked off Heinz Field following their 30-17 victory Saturday night, a few hundred purple-clad folks lined up … 0

Another Pats-Ravens collision

Monday, January 5, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots waited a week only to learn that a familiar foe would make a return visit. A foe with a history of playoff success in a stadium where the Patriots rarely lose. The Baltimore Ravens will fly to Foxborough for Saturday’s divisional game … 0

Scouting’s changed since Belichick’s dad did it

Thursday, January 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Steve Belichick would sit in his booth above the field with his pencils and charts as he watched Navy’s future opponent through binoculars. More than half a century later, the son of the renowned scout gets … 0

Brady appreciates early titles

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A young Tom Brady and the New England Patriots grabbed three championships in his first four seasons as a starter. They have been outstanding ever since, and are still chasing their first NFL title since the … 0

Pats’ Hightower favors top-seeds

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Dont’a Hightower has extra time to prepare for his top-seeded team’s playoff game. Meanwhile, he’ll be rooting for another No. 1 seed. The New England Patriots linebacker plans to watch his college team, Alabama, face Ohio State in a College Football Playoff semifinal Thursday night. “I’m … 0