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Oakland Raiders strong safety Usama Young (26) upends New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after a catch in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Patriots’ sluggish offense beats Raiders 16-9

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots had trouble getting into the end zone. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork made sure the Oakland Raiders stayed out of the end zone in the final minute. An interception by the 325-pound Wilfork near his goal line gave the heavily favored Patriots the ball with 51 seconds left, and they ran out the clock to hold off the Raiders 16-9 on Sunday. “It was a team play,” Wilfork said after his third career interception. “I just happened to catch it.” The ball deflected off Logan Ryan after Rob Ninkovich jarred it loose from intended receiver Denarius Moore. On the previous …

Patriots hope to continue dominance at Gillette

Friday, September 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Stevan Ridley’s father switched his allegiance from the Oakland Raiders once his son was drafted by the New England Patriots. The running back’s dad sure picked a winner. The Patriots are 25-4, including playoff games, at Gillette Stadium starting in 2011, when Ridley was drafted. They’re two-touchdown favorites to make that …

Heading cross country hard for West Coast teams

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Oakland Raiders have to deal with more than just Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis at New England on Sunday. They’ll also be fighting mental fogginess and the physical effects of jetlag. Their internal clocks will make it feel like it’s 6 a.m. when they drag themselves onto the early bus heading to the stadium four hours before the 1 p.m. kickoff. “When …

Brady throwing to familiar receiving corps

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — When Tom Brady played in last year’s opener, none of his top five pass catchers from the previous season were in uniform with him. When he starts this season on Sunday, the nine players with the …

Bill Belichick says he’ll make call on Rob Gronkowski’s return

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

One day after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pronounced himself ready to return, Bill Belichick reminded him it will be the coach’s decision. “With all due respect to Rob, I’m glad he feels the way he …

Buccaneers G Logan Mankins settling in with new team

Monday, September 1, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. — Logan Mankins was a little surprised, though not upset, by the trade that sent him from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs acquired the six-time Pro Bowl guard in exchange …

Gronk promises he will play Sunday; Dolphins ready

Monday, September 1, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker Monday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught …

Patriots trade Ryan Mallett to Texans

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots’ sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans on Sunday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 …

Patriots cut receiver Josh Boyce, long snapper Danny Aiken

Saturday, August 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Second-year wide receiver Josh Boyce, who entered training camp favored to be New England’s No. 1 kick returner, and long snapper Danny Aiken were among those cut Saturday as the Patriots got to the 53-player limit. Boyce, who played in nine games, caught nine passes …

Newly acquired tight end Tim Wright fitting in with Patriots

Friday, August 29, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The newest New England Patriots player seems to be fitting right in. Tight end Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in the Patriots’ exhibition finale on Thursday night, about 48 hours after he …

Giants cap undefeated preseason with win over Patriots

Thursday, August 28, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No one wanted overtime in the preseason finale, and Bill Belichick made sure neither the New York Giants or New England Patriots had to endure it. Josh Brown kicked a 37-yard field goal with …

Giants finish long preseason vs Patriots

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — In any other year, Tom Coughlin wouldn’t be happy playing an extended preseason schedule. A four-game schedule might be considered too long, and playing in the Hall of Fame contest at the start of the month stretched it to five games. The campaign will …

Gronkowski’s health key to success of Patriots, Brady

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady and his receiving corps are more comfortable in their second season together. The star quarterback also may have his biggest target back for the New England Patriots’ opener. If Rob Gronkowski can stay healthy …