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FILE- In this Feb. 2, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) reacts as he returns an interception for a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game in East Rutherford, N.J. Slowed by injuries since the offseason, Smith is still an important part of Seattle’s special teams, but he rarely sees the field on defense.  (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Brandon Browner tells Pats to hit Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas where it hurts

Monday, January 26, 2015

Brandon Browner is telling his New England teammates not to hold back against Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. In an interview with ESPN, Browner talked about the toughness both Sherman and Thomas showed in the NFC championship game playing with injuries. Sherman suffered a sprained elbow, while Thomas suffered a separated shoulder. But Browner said he would also target …

Patriots owner Robert Kraft makes strong defense of team

Monday, January 26, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game. A conclusion Kraft is certain will occur. In an unscheduled statement, Kraft strongly defended his team’s …

Thousands cheer for Patriots at Super Bowl sendoff in Boston

Monday, January 26, 2015

BOSTON — Brushing aside the controversy over deflated footballs, jubilant New England fans gathered downtown Monday for a spirited send-off as the Patriots headed to Arizona for the Super Bowl. Several thousand fans packed City Hall Plaza in Boston, chanting “Brady! Brady!” and waving signs that read “Finish the Job,” “In Tom We …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Some things to know as NFL investigates Patriots’ footballs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment — including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

NFL probe continues; ESPN report cites 11 deflated balls

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. Troy Vincent, …

Bill Vinovich is Super Bowl referee, among 4 1st-timers on crew

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the Super Bowl, heading a seven-man crew that includes four officials working the title game for the first time. The NFL made the announcement Tuesday. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks play Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona. …

Agent for NFL players arrested, charged with mail fraud

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The agent for a handful of NFL players has been charged with mail fraud and accused of trying to swindle his clients out of millions of dollars he claimed would be invested in 13 Burger King franchises across Virginia. Vinnie Porter, who is certified by the NFL Players …

Patriots path to Super Bowl capped by another blowout

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams — Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the Super …

History of Patriots, Belichick controversy

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Before we had Deflategate, there was Spygate. Has any professional coach - a hugely successful professional coach, mind you - ever been so tied to cheating or bending the rules? Bill Belichick is the “gate” coach, linked more closely to Richard Nixon than Vince Lombardi. From the tuck …

Jury selection continues in Aaron Hernandez case

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FALL RIVER — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriot on Aaron Hernandez. Tuesday marked the second day in which dozens of prospective jurors were brought into court for individual questioning, and either advanced to the next phase of the selection process …

Sam Mellinger: Patriots vs. Seahawks is the perfect Super Bowl matchup, and the hype will be huge

Monday, January 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Because this is America and football and we have two weeks to kill, at some point, somewhere, someone is going to call this the best Super Bowl matchup ever. The smart people in Las Vegas will take your bet on just about anything, from the MVP …

Seahawks recognize need for improvement vs Patriots

Monday, January 19, 2015

SEATTLE — Now that they’ve pulled off a comeback for the ages, the Seattle Seahawks must recognize how fortunate they are to be in a second consecutive Super Bowl. And how much better they must play on Feb. …