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Pats open camp, try to ignore ‘Deflategate’ racket

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Fans drove to Gillette Stadium past a booth selling “Free Tom Brady” T-shirts. Then, when they arrived for the New England Patriots’ first training camp practice on Thursday, they let the star quarterback know how they felt. Brady took the field to a boisterous cheer from the more than 10,000 fans who sat in a sweltering sun to see the Super Bowl champions open the defense of their … 0

Brady, Patriots shoot back at NFL

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, … 0

Patriots fans defiant after NFL ruling

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — Patriots fans are steamed after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension Tuesday. In bars across downtown Boston, denizens of Patriots Nation expressed surprise and anger at the ruling while still holding out hope their beloved quarterback would be vindicated — either in the courtroom or on the field. John Parthum, a native of suburban Andover, was enjoying a … 0

Sherman doubts Pats’ punishment

Sunday, January 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if … 0

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for … 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