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New England Patriots football free safety Devin McCourty smiles during a news conference in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in NFL football's Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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 to me and he said, ‘You should also know their shoe size,’” the defensive end said. “So from then on I made sure I knew every single tight end. Couldn’t find the shoe size, but I was trying.” His coach’s pop quizzes — in team meetings, passing players in the hallway or anywhere they meet — can be a source of fear. And that makes them study …

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 the Super Bowl host city: Glendale is suffering deep financial issues over its troubled effort …

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 in the NFC championship overtime victory against Green Bay. On Sunday, they showed little to …

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 …

Sherman doubts any punishment ahead for Patriots

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 …

Quinn has led Seattle to record-setting defense

Sunday, January 25, 2015

RENTON, Wash. — Almost every day during training camp and often during the season, Dan Quinn would put on large padded gloves and essentially go through a sparring session with the Seattle Seahawks defensive linemen as they warmed …

Patriots’ Browner gets a 2nd chance at a Super Bowl ring

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Saying his team “followed every rule to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made …

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 …

Paul Newberry: Deflategate should keep Belichick out of Super Bowl

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not so long ago, we came to praise the New England Patriots. Now, it’s time to bury them. Deflategate and a brazen disregard for the truth should be more than enough for the NFL to order Bill Belichick …

Jury expected to be seated soon in Aaron Hernandez trial

Friday, January 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Friday settled on a pool of 53 prospective jurors from which the court will try to seat 18 jurors. Opening statements in the case are expected Tuesday, though that could …

Colts GM Ryan Grigson goes silent on NFL investigation into Patriots

Friday, January 23, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Grigson is putting the ball squarely in the NFL’s court. The Colts general manager has gone silent on the hottest topic in the NFL ahead of next week’s Super Bowl: whether the New England Patriots …

Local reaction mixed to Deflategate controversy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valley residents had mixed reactions to Deflategate, the controversy involving the New England Patriots and whether the team willfully supplied underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game Sunday. According to reports, an NFL investigation discovered 11 out of …