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Patriots’ perfect start helps close the ‘Gate’

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

There had been a real possibility that Tom Brady would serve a four-game suspension to open this season in the fallout from “Deflategate.” That’s what Commissioner Roger Goodell wanted and it would have let the Dallas Cowboys avoid facing Brady this week. However, the courts overturned that suspension and Brady was declared eligible a week before the season began. And now Brady and the Patriots are playing like it’s 2007. … 0

Hicks’ arduous journey lands him with Patriots

Monday, October 5, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Akiem Hicks’ long and winding road has brought him to the undefeated New England Patriots. “I’ve got a little bit of a past,” said the 25-year-old Hicks, acquired from the Saints during New England’s bye week. “I went from school in Louisiana to school in Canada and then back down to New Orleans. “It was a process, but I’m happy with … 0

Pats start has fans whispering about another 16-0 season

Thursday, October 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — This is not 2007. Sure, the NFL has found the New England Patriots guilty of cheating and punished them — again. And, true, they are off to a quick start, opening this season with three consecutive and convincing wins that have them among the early favorites to reach the Super Bowl. … 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 … 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 … 0

Brady’s future actions could lead to Patriots’ uncertainty

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This isn’t over. Not by a long shot. Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is not likely the end of the deflated footballs saga. Brady appears headed to court seeking to overturn the suspension, and … 0

Union offered NFL Brady deal

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The players’ union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension last week that was “met with silence” by the NFL, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the NFL Players Association’s offer was confidential. There … 0

Time for Brady to present his case

Monday, June 22, 2015

When Tom Brady’s appeal hearing kicks off this morning, key arguments will be about who ordered his four-game suspension and whether science supports the league’s findings about deflated footballs. The NFL says Commissioner Roger Goodell authorized the discipline that was imposed by league executive Troy Vincent, who signed … 0

Brady’s legacy faces next step in appeal to Goodell

Sunday, June 21, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady grew from a sixth-round draft choice into one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Off the field, he’s a celebrity with a supermodel wife and lucrative marketing deals. All that has made the New England Patriots superstar the object of admiration and respect … 0

Co-author of AEI report favorable to Pats is Greenfield native

Sunday, June 21, 2015

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be relying on more than his good looks when he meets Tuesday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at the league office on 345 Park Ave., New York City. Two weeks ago the American Enterprise Institute of Washington, D.C., released a 16-page … 0

Flynn has lots to learn as new Patriots backup QB

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Matt Flynn is back at the stadium where he made his first NFL start. He’s not focusing on making another in place of Tom Brady. Flynn practiced with the New England Patriots on the first day of their three-day minicamp Tuesday, four days after signing with … 0

Belichick ducks Deflategate

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Coach Bill Belichick shed little light Friday in his first public remarks since the report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he was asked about Tom Brady, backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and how … 0

Rookie guards learning Pats’ system

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach. Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason were drafted … 0