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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts at a news conference to wrap up the football team's NFL season, Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. The Denver Broncos beat the Patriots 20-18 in Sunday's AFC Championship in Denver. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Pro Roundup: Bruins, Celtics win; Patriots postmortem

Monday, January 25, 2016

Brett Connolly redirected Zdeno Chara’s shot from the point with 1:54 left, lifting the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night in Philadelphia. Connolly tipped the wobbly shot and one-hopped the puck past Michel Neuvirth for his seventh goal of the season. Brad Marchand scored a goal for the fifth straight game and Patrice … 0

Broncos deny Patriots’ Super Bowl return, 20-18

Sunday, January 24, 2016

DENVER — No, you’re not seeing things. That really was Peyton Manning lumbering his way down the field for a 12-yard gain and a first down Sunday. And thanks to his defense, that will be Manning — the 39-year-old quarterback who was supposed to be on his way to a retirement party — … 0

Pats, Broncos playing mind games before clash

Thursday, January 21, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Gronk pushes off. Brady whines. If it’s AFC championship week, somebody must be complaining about the New England Patriots. This time around, it’s the Denver Broncos, who have delivered a few hits through the media — both traditional and social — in a not-so-subtle attempt to get inside the heads … 0

No panic among Patriots after 2 straight losses

Thursday, December 10, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Don’t expect any of the New England Patriots’ locker room leaders to make a Knute Rockne speech aimed at avoiding a third straight loss when the team visits Houston on Sunday night. “I think it’s overhyped … 0

Wilfork to face Patriots for 1st time

Thursday, December 10, 2015

HOUSTON — Houston’s Vince Wilfork didn’t want to talk about his feelings or admit that Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots will be any different than the other 170 games in which he’s played. Only after repeated … 0

Watt breaks hand, but says he’ll play vs. Patriots

Thursday, December 10, 2015

HOUSTON — Houston star defensive end J.J. Watt isn’t worried about people trying to come after him Sunday to take advantage of his broken left hand. “Let them try,” Watt said. “I mean what? The opposing players come … 0

No happy returns for sloppy Pats

Sunday, December 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Eight days ago, the New England Patriots had a chance at an unbeaten season. Now they’re trying to recover from their first back-to-back losses in more than three years. Najee Goode scored on a blocked punt, … 0

To light up Eagles defense, Brady needs more options

Friday, December 4, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Jameis Winston and Matthew Stafford each threw five touchdown passes against the Philadelphia Eagles in the past two games. Imagine what Tom Brady might do. The reigning Super Bowl MVP will lead the no-longer-unbeaten New England … 0

Chandler not trying to fully replace Gronk

Thursday, December 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Scott Chandler knows he can’t try to be Rob Gronkowski while the star tight end is out with a knee injury. “There’s not a lot of Robs walking around,” the veteran said Thursday. “I’m just doing what I can here, I’m focused on that. I’m not … 0

Phew! Gronk only has bone bruise, knee sprain

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Rob Gronkowski suffered a bone bruise and sprain of his right knee during the New England Patriots’ 30-24 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday night. The tight end will be evaluated on a weekly … 0

Patriots look to clinch AFC East title

Monday, November 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — At least New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick doesn’t have to answer — or, more precisely, not answer — questions about an undefeated season anymore. The Patriots’ quest for a second perfect regular season came to … 0

Perfect Patriots, Panthers remain 1-2

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

NEW YORK — The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers remained the league’s only unbeaten teams going into Week 12. Not surprisingly, both teams also retained the top spots in the latest AP Pro32 rankings on Tuesday. … 0

With Amendola out, Brady could be lacking targets

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady is running out of receivers. Two more New England pass-catchers — Aaron Dobson and Danny Amendola — left Monday night’s game with injuries, leaving Brady to fill in with backups, running backs and a Gronk. The Patriots held on to beat the Buffalo Bills … 0