Patriots

Point-after changes are likely in 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHOENIX — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season. While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was so much discussion and interest in potential changes that the issue will be a main focal point for the next set of league meetings in May. “There’s a clear movement to wanting … 0

Film narrows slaying window

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors used video Wednesday in an attempt to establish former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez and two of his friends from Bristol, Conn., killed Odin Lloyd in a four-minute window on June 17, 2013. The surveillance footage played at Hernandez’s murder trial shows headlights moving toward and away … 0

Pats sign McCourty; Revis decision near?

Monday, March 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Devin McCourty says he’s returning to the New England Patriots for five more years. Cornerback Darrelle Revis could be gone. McCourty said that he’s happy to stay with the Super Bowl champions, telling Patriots fans on Twitter on Monday: “Let’s go win another Super Bowl...or 5.” In a telephone call to Comcast SportsNet New England on Sunday night, McCourty said … 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

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