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Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl media day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of players from both sides Tuesday, but Kraft’s protesting how his franchise is being portrayed seemed to provide the last word on the issue — for now. In a short appearance at media … 0

Bill and The Beast say little at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players and coaches are window dressing, and it’s really more about who’s asking the questions. There was Barrel Boy. A pair of buck-toothed sock puppets. A … 0

Fans send off Pats in style

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON — Brushing aside the controversy over deflated footballs, jubilant New England fans gathered downtown Monday for a spirited send-off as the Patriots headed to Arizona for the Super Bowl. Several thousand fans packed City Hall Plaza in Boston, chanting “Brady! Brady!” and waving signs that read “Finish the Job,” “In Tom We Trust” and “Keep Calm and Go Long.” Brady told the … 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

Pats await identity of playoff foe

Monday, December 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are moving on from a game they didn’t have to win to one they can’t afford to lose. Their 17-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday had no bearing on their status as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. … 0

Bills snap Gillette losing skid, beat disinterested Pats, 17-9

Sunday, December 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Safe on the sideline, Tom Brady watched the Buffalo Bills finish with their first winning record in 10 seasons. Then he predicted the New England Patriots would be just fine once their top players are back … 0

Top-seeded Pats focus on regular-season finale

Thursday, December 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots wore pads as they practiced hard in the rain inside their stadium Wednesday. No light workout on the adjacent field where they usually prepare even though Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills … 0

Patriots, Spurs follow similar paths to championship success

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are aiming for their fourth Super Bowl title. Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs are going for their sixth NBA championship. Different sports. Similar dynasties. “They’re built and … 0

Patriots clinch first-round playoff bye despite poor play

Monday, December 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick sounded like a coach whose team was just eliminated from playoff contention rather than one that clinched a first-round bye. Tom Brady was sacked four times and had a poorer passer rating than Geno … 0

Patriots outlast Jets, 17-16; clinch 1st-round playoff bye

Sunday, December 21, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. … 0

Playing Pats still special for Ryan, Jets

Friday, December 19, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan still isn’t backing down. Sure, his future with the New York Jets appears dim. But the coach is conceding nothing, and that means he has every intention of beating the New England … 0

Pat s expect tough game vs. Jets, really

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — With straight faces, the New England Patriots always find something to praise about their next opponent, no matter how bad that team’s record may be. “They’ve got a real good defense,” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said … 0