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New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, right, dodges defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) and outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) during an NFL football organized team activity in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Former Amherst College coach leading the Patriots defense

Friday, January 30, 2015

In the hours leading up to his team’s biggest game of the season, Amherst College football coach E.J. Mills knows one of the first people who will send him some encouragement. Even while involved in final preparations for the next day’s game, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia takes time to remember one of the programs which helped him …

This Tom Brady in Belchertown sometimes mistaken for that other Tom Brady who plays football

Friday, January 30, 2015

The phone call came out of nowhere. A nameless man was so irate following a New England Patriots loss that he looked up the phone number of Tom Brady and voiced his displeasure to the apparent three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The man found a number and called it. The problem was it was …

‘Deflategate’ or not, New England fans should enjoy the Patriots’ success

Friday, January 30, 2015

If the Patriots win Sunday’s Super Bowl, the title will be tainted, an asterisked championship that won’t mean as much — at least that’s what the seemingly endless parade of talking heads, who breathlessly can’t wait to talk about “Deflategate,” are saying. Who exactly is going to consider it tainted? Who cares if they do? If New England wins its fourth Super Bowl, …

Brandon Browner tells Pats to hit Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas where it hurts

Monday, January 26, 2015

Brandon Browner is telling his New England teammates not to hold back against Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. In an interview with ESPN, Browner talked about the toughness both Sherman and Thomas showed in the NFC championship …

Red Sox All-Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette dies at 78

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Bill Monbouquette, an All-Star pitcher who threw a no-hitter and had a 20-win season for his hometown Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 78. Monbouquette died Sunday at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston …

Patriots owner Robert Kraft makes strong defense of team

Monday, January 26, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game. A …

Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

Monday, January 26, 2015

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant’s surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week …

Thousands cheer for Patriots at Super Bowl sendoff in Boston

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 …

Belichick prepares Patriots players with surprise quizzes

Monday, January 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Quick. Who are all the tight ends on the Buffalo Bills? In his first week with the Patriots in 2009, Rob Ninkovich was stumped when Bill Belichick surprised him with that question. “Afterward, he came up …

Super Bowl host city still reeling over sports deals

Monday, January 26, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The entire world will be watching Glendale on Sunday as it hosts the Super Bowl and the legions of fans who are shelling out big bucks to see the big game. What may be not visible amid all the hoopla is a sobering reality about …

Injured Legion of Boom members unworried

Monday, January 26, 2015

PHOENIX — The two All-Pros in the Legion of Boom promise they’ll be ready and “fearless” for the Super Bowl. Seattle safety Earl Thomas (separated left shoulder) and cornerback Richard Sherman (left elbow) are damaged goods, suffering injuries …

Richard Sherman, Seahawks take the trash-talk lead over Patriots

Monday, January 26, 2015

Richard Sherman gave Tom Brady an earful and trolled him on Twitter a few years ago. Now the All-Pro cornerback says the star quarterback isn’t really a choir boy. Sherman vs. Brady. Jeremy Lane vs. Rob Gronkowksi. Doug …

Fireworks help celebrate Venus Williams’ Australian Open run

Monday, January 26, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia — Fireworks lit up the sky above Rod Laver Arena the moment Venus Williams completed her fourth-round win at the Australian Open on Monday night. It’s been that kind of tournament so far for the 34-year-old, …