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New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady, second from left, and Jimmy Garappolo, fourth from left, run with teammates during an NFL football organized team activity Friday, May 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Patriots coach Bill Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs

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 the team was handling the fallout from the investigation. Brady, who is …

Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive 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 in the fourth round and …

Robert Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the team’s owner stood on a …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Monday, May 25, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has …

AP sources: Roger Goodell will not recuse self from Tom Brady appeal

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. The NFL told the players’ union on Friday that Goodell will not recuse himself from what …

Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to …

Aaron Hernandez to be arraigned in witness intimidation case

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is set to be arraigned on a charge he tried to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting him in the face. Hernandez’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in a Boston courtroom. He was convicted …

Roger Goodell wants to hear directly from Tom Brady in appeal

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not …

Tim Dahlberg: In the end, the NFL cartel is what matters most

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tom Brady is on his own, cast off by an owner who figured out that being in the club that practically prints money is a lot more important than being loyal to one of his employees. Robert Kraft …

NFL to change extra-point kicks to longer distance

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers. The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to …

Kraft: Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine, draft penalties

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains. Moments after Kraft said Tuesday he won’t oppose the $1 million fine and …

Patriots owner Robert Kraft: Team won’t appeal fine, draft penalties

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will not appeal the $1 million fine and loss of two draft choices the NFL penalized the team for its role in the use of deflated footballs in the …

Kraft-Goodell relationship frayed by NFL investigation

Monday, May 18, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft has repeatedly stood up for Roger Goodell, supporting the NFL commissioner’s high salary, playing a key role in ending the 2011 lockout, even vouching for his friend amid missteps in the Ray Rice domestic …