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Patriots sign special teams ace Matthew Slater to 2-year contract extension

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — NFL Players Association records show New England special teams captain Matthew Slater has signed a two-year contract extension. Slater called the extension “humbling” on Wednesday but declined to go into details. The Patriots don’t announce contract extensions. The total value of the deal is $4 million. Slater said he’d rather talk about his team’s game on Sunday against Green Bay. “I’m just so thankful for what the …

Boston wants to take Olympics back to school

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON — Field hockey at Harvard Stadium. Fencing and archery at MIT. Horses for the equestrian events cared for at the Tufts Hospital for Large Animals. Welcome to the University Games. Boston is bidding on the 2024 Summer Olympics, and the crux of its proposal is a walkable, sustainable, technology-based event that would …

Patriots seek to slow down fast-starting Packers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will be putting their seven-game winning streak on the line Sunday in their fourth straight game against …

Patriots win with strong passing, running, defense

Monday, November 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Need a quarterback to throw for four touchdowns or a running back to rush for four? The New England Patriots have those. How about a defense to dominate the NFL’s highest scoring team? The Patriots have …

Jonas Gray runs wild as Patriots blow out Colts 42-20

Monday, November 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Tom Brady keeps finding ways to beat Indianapolis. On Sunday night, he relied on New England’s running game to deliver the body blows. Then he came up with the knockout punch. Jonas Gray rushed for a …

Colts K Vinatieri shows no sign of slowing down

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri’s graying temples and grayer beard reveal one part of his remarkable career. At age 41, he is the NFL’s oldest player. He’s not slowing down. Nine years after the league’s best clutch kicker made …

Colts looking for a win against Patriots

Friday, November 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck has lived with his mistakes from last year’s loss to the Patriots all through the offseason. It’s time to move on. The Colts’ quarterback, who threw four interceptions in last season’s playoff loss to …

Patriots linebacker Jonathan Casillas enjoying being with elite team

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Jonathan Casillas isn’t about to forget Oct. 28, 2014. That’s the day he went from the bottom of the NFL to near the top. “It’s a blessing to basically go from the worst to the best,” the linebacker said Friday when asked about the trade-deadline …

Patriots apologize after thanking racist tweeter

Friday, November 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a “fan” with a racist Twitter handle. The Patriots were holding a promotion to celebrate becoming the first NFL team with 1 million Twitter followers. The team asked fans to retweet a …

Patriots defense prepping to stop Colts QB Luck

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England quarterback Tom Brady this week praised nearly everything about Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. On Thursday, Pats defenders said they also admire the guy they’re hoping to stop. “He’s a leader, he’s everything you want …

Colts gear up for Patriots QB Tom Brady

Thursday, November 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts defense is well aware of the task at hand. The players know exactly what Tom Brady is capable of. “Probably the best quarterback in the NFL right now,” Indianapolis cornerback Greg Toler said. “A …

Tom Brady backups to battle when Browns face Texans

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BEREA, Ohio — There won’t be a parade and there’s not a sponsor lined up, but Sunday’s Browns-Texans matchup will be a pseudo bowl game — the Tom Brady Backup Bowl. Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer and Houston’s Ryan …

Patriots preparing for indoor showdown vs. Colts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — No matter what the weather conditions are, the New England Patriots rarely lose at home. Practicing in the rain, wind and cold prepares them for games in often frosty Foxborough. “We’ve used our weather as a …