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FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) looks on from the sidelines in the second half of an NFL preseason football in Foxborough, Mass. Shane and Brock Vereen talk frequently about their NFL experiences. On Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, the brothers will have a new one when Shane, the Patriots running back, plays against Brock, the Chicago Bears rookie safety. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Vereen brothers square off when Bears visit Pats

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Vereen brothers competed hard against each other while growing up in California. Video games. Stickball. Basketball in the backyard. And, of course, football — in the living room. On Sunday, they’ll be on the same field when New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen and Chicago Bears safety Brock Vereen meet in a game that really matters. …

Ex-Boston Patriot John ‘Bull’ Bramlett dies at 73

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — John “Bull” Bramlett, a former professional football and baseball player who was nicknamed the “Meanest Man in Football,” has died. He was 73. Shelby County Mayor’s Office spokesman Steve Shular told The Associated Press that family members say the Memphis native died early Thursday. Shular said Mayor Mark H. Luttrell was close to Bramlett, who had been in declining health. …

Injury to Chandler Jones puts pressure on Patriots defense

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The “next man up” approach will be tested again after another injury to a key defender for the New England Patriots. Maybe this time they’ll do better. With top tackler Jerod Mayo missing his first game with a season-ending right knee injury, the New York Jets ran over and around New …

Titans trade LB Akeem Ayers to Patriots

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has traded linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots in what coach Ken Whisenhunt says gives the linebacker a fresh start. “A situation that was probably the best for both parties,” Whisenhunt said Tuesday night on his weekly radio show. “Somebody that …

Despite problems, Patriots have won 3 straight

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A three-day break gave the New England Patriots time to savor three straight wins. Now they can focus on fixing the problems the winning streak couldn’t hide. A suspect run defense. A mediocre offensive line. Replacing injured players. The Patriots returned to practice Tuesday hoping to …

Aaron Hernandez on track for May trial in double killing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez remains on track for a May trial on two murder charges. His lawyers and prosecutors agreed Tuesday to another pre-trial hearing on Nov. 25 during a brief court appearance in Suffolk Superior Court. The lawyers largely talked privately …

Bill Belichick, Tom Brady praise Peyton Manning on TD record

Monday, October 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning on Monday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting a lot longer to pass that record if he …

Patriots take weekend off after 3 wins in 12 days

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman may spend Sunday afternoon nibbling appetizers and watching NFL games. Chris Jones plans to see some college football on Saturday. After a busy 12 days in which they won three games, the New England …

Brady threw 3 TD passes, Patriots beat Jets 27-25

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Chris Jones wasn’t going to make the same mistake he did last year when Nick Folk tried another potential winning field goal Thursday night. This time, the New England defensive tackle didn’t commit a penalty to …

Jets hope to turn season around with upset of Patriots

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots turned their season around in plenty of time. It’s probably too late for the New York Jets, especially if they drop their sixth straight game when they visit the heavily favored Patriots …

With RB Stevan Ridley hurt, Patriots look to fill gap

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — One thing is certain about the New England Patriots running game. Stevan Ridley won’t be part of it for a while. Just who will play an increased role after the Patriots top rusher suffered a serious …

Aaron Hernandez defense wants police station recordings

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FALL RIVER — Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez want copies of any surveillance authorities have of the ex-New England Patriot while he was at a police station. The defense on Tuesday asked for copies of any video and audio recordings from the North Attleborough police station. A court filing …

Ex-Patriots receiver Irving Fryar turns down plea bargain in fraud case

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. — A former NFL star and his mother will go to trial next year in a mortgage fraud case after they turned down plea deals that called for state prison terms. Irving Fryar and Allene McGhee rejected the deals Tuesday during a state Superior Court …