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President Barack Obama holds a signed New England Patriots football helmet during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, to honor the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl XLIX victory. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Super Bowl champion Patriots honored at White House

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored the New England Patriots for winning the Super Bowl despite a “huge distraction” and “media circus” over underinflated footballs in their conference championship game. Obama recognized the NFL champions Thursday during a White House ceremony on the South Lawn. “That whole story got blown a little out of proportion,” Obama said of the so-called …

Victim’s mom to move ahead with suit against Aaron Hernandez

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — The mother of a man slain by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is moving forward with a lawsuit against him, and her lawyer said Wednesday that his first step is to figure out how much money Hernandez has left and where he’s keeping it. Lawyer Douglass Sheff also said …

Steelers-Patriots to open 2015 schedule on a Thursday night

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NEW YORK — Among the Patriots’ rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. This opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 10 with a game matching quarterbacks with six Super Bowl …

Significant replay rules changes proposed in NFL

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NEW YORK — Video replays galore. More coaches’ challenges. And a “bonus field goal.” All are on the agenda for next week’s NFL meetings, when team owners will spend much time deciding whether 13 proposals to amend instant replay should pass. Among the replay proposals are Detroit suggesting …

Victim’s family confronts officer over Aaron Hernandez court kiss

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FALL RIVER — The family of a man former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing confronted a security officer on Wednesday after Hernandez’s mother kissed her son’s hand in the courtroom. The kiss …

Shoe expert testifies in Hernandez trial

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

FALL RIVER — An expert from Nike says former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was seen on surveillance video wearing the same kind of shoes that left a footprint where an acquaintance of Hernandez was found dead. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in the 2013 killing …

Former Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork joins Texans

Monday, March 16, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — Longtime New England nose tackle Vince Wilfork has signed with the Houston Texans. Wilfork announced the decision on Twitter on Monday, then the Texans confirmed the signing. The 33-year-old has spent his entire 11-year career …

Things to know: Murder trial of ex-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez

Sunday, March 15, 2015

FALL RIVER — The murder trial of Aaron Hernandez will enter its eighth week this week, as prosecutors in Massachusetts continue to build a case against the onetime New England Patriots star. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to …

NFL free agency heats up on Day 2

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The free agency frenzy, trading outbreak and stunning retirements of the first day of the NFL’s business year gave way to one headliner Wednesday: Ndamukong Suh. Miami signed the All-Pro defensive tackle and top prize in this year’s …

Witness: Hernandez holds gun on video minutes after killing

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FALL RIVER — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can be seen on surveillance video walking through his home with a gun less than 10 minutes after prosecutors say he killed a man, according to testimony Wednesday …

All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis returns to Jets

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NEW YORK — Revis Island: The Return. All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis is coming back to the New York Jets after winning the Super Bowl with the rival New England Patriots last season. Revis agents Neil Schwart NEW YORK …

McCourty: Patriots safety says he’s coming back

Monday, March 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Devin McCourty says he’s returning to the New England Patriots for five more years. Cornerback Darrelle Revis could be gone. McCourty said that he’s happy to stay with the Super Bowl champions, telling Patriots fans on Twitter on Monday: “Let’s go win another Super Bowl...or …

Super Bowl champs back gay marriage at court

Friday, March 6, 2015

WASHINGTON — The New England Patriots are for same-sex marriage. So are the San Francisco Giants. The reigning baseball and football champions, along with baseball’s small-market Tampa Bay Rays, are among the thousands of businesses, religious groups, advocacy …