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New England Patriots Preseason Capsule

Monday, July 27, 2015

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (15-4) OPEN CAMP: July 29, Foxborough, Massachusetts. LAST YEAR: Easily won AFC East for 11th time in 12 seasons, then beat Baltimore 35-31 and Indianapolis 45-7 to reach Super Bowl for sixth time in Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era. Beat Seattle 28-24 when Malcolm Butler intercepted pass at goal line with 20 seconds left. Offseason was dominated by “Deflategate” controversy involving improperly inflated footballs in AFC championship game. …

AP sources: NFL close to new football inspection rules

Monday, July 27, 2015

The NFL is preparing to send out instructions to game officials and teams explaining new rules for inspecting footballs. Two people familiar with the league’s plans tell The Associated Press on Monday that proper inflation of the footballs will be documented as part of the new policy. But those people, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league has not released information on …

AP source: Union offered NFL settlement on Tom Brady suspension

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The players’ union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension last week that was “met with silence” by the NFL, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the NFL Players Association’s offer was confidential. There is no timetable on when Commissioner Roger Goodell will rule on the New England quarterback’s …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …