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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan talks to players before an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers in Orchard Park, N.Y. Ryan has re-energized a franchise that has the longest playoff drought at 15 years, and helped the Bills sell a franchise-record 60,000-plus season tickets. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Others improved, but enough to dethrone Pats in AFC East?

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The AFC East got a lot more entertaining with one wacky, drama-filled offseason. Rex Ryan brought his bluster to Buffalo. The New York Jets cleaned house, welcomed home one of the franchise’s best players and saw their quarterback socked in the jaw by a teammate. Miami paid big bucks to bolster an already dominant defensive line by …

Without James Develin, Patriots plan to be flexible at fullback

Monday, August 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. Sort of. “Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,” tight end Rob Gronkowski said Monday. “It’s all what you can do as a player. You’ve got to …

No settlement: Roger Goodell, Tom Brady await ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two. Everyone involved “tried quite hard” to reach …

Tom Brady doesn’t practice day before hearing

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady wasn’t on the practice field with the New England Patriots on Tuesday, a day before the court hearing for the NFL and the players’ union. Both sides are due in federal court for the …

AP sources: Brady, Goodell meet but ‘Deflategate’ unresolved

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met Tuesday to discuss settling the “Deflategate” legal case but were unsuccessful, two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press. The failure to …

Patriots prepare for scrimmages with Saints

Monday, August 17, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick won’t spend any time on the golf course when the New England Patriots travel to The Greenbrier for joint practice sessions with the New Orleans Saints later this week. For the fourth straight year, …

Tom Brady’s lawyers file more papers in suit vs NFL

Saturday, August 15, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady’s attorneys filed more papers Friday in U.S. District Court in his lawsuit to overturn his four-game suspension by the NFL for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. Lawyers for the star quarterback of the Patriots stressed …

Fame finds courtroom artist after Tom Brady drawing goes viral

Friday, August 14, 2015

NEW YORK — Jane Rosenberg’s courtroom drawing of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is everywhere and now so is she, fending off cyberbullies who disparage her along the way. She’s on network television, the radio, in newspapers …

Tebowmania sweeps through Philly

Friday, August 14, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When Tim Tebow completes a pass or takes off running with the football, fans watching the Philadelphia Eagles practice cheer loudly and reporters quickly post about it on social media. Few, if any, players fighting for …

Tom Brady makes brief show in Patriots’ 22-11 loss to Packers

Thursday, August 13, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady had better hope his legal defense is better than his football defense. The suspended Patriots quarterback hung around for one play less than a full quarter in the exhibition opener on Thursday night before …

Settlement discussions in NFL ‘Deflategate’ case continue

Thursday, August 13, 2015

NEW YORK — For a second day Thursday, lawyers for the NFL and its players’ union met separately with a federal judge to try to resolve their legal dispute over whether Commissioner Roger Goodell’s four-game suspension of New …

Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo for Patriots exhibition game vs Packers?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Will the New England Patriots’ preseason opener be a coming-out party for Jimmy Garoppolo or a thumb in the eye to Roger Goodell and the NFL’s Deflategate investigation? That’s what football fans will see when …

Peyton Manning: Tom Brady apologized to him for email barb

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning says Tom Brady apologized to him — unnecessarily — after taking a shot at him in recently released emails. Brady’s exchange with a childhood friend last November was contained in documents released as …