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Patriots fan gets tattoo declaring Super Bowl win

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached — yet he says he has no regrets. Thirty-one-year-old Burke O’Connell says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl. The Massachusetts native had a friend ink the celebratory tattoo across his calf two days before …

Peyton Manning to Bill Belichick: ‘This might be my last rodeo’

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DENVER — Peyton Manning isn’t saying that Super Bowl 50 is his grand finale. He’s just saying it could be. NFL Network cameras caught an intriguing exchange between Manning and New England coach Bill Belichick after Denver’s 20-18 win over the Patriots in the AFC championship game on Sunday. When they embraced, Manning …

UMass notebook: Donte Clark proud of hometown Panthers

Monday, January 25, 2016

AMHERST — Sophomore guard Donte Clark wore his Carolina Panthers hat around campus Monday. UMass features a high enrollment of New England Patriots fans, most of whom were recovering from Sunday’s AFC Championship loss to Denver on Monday. Clark, a Charlotte, North Carolina, native, was a rare happy football fan, proud of his hometown team. “People probably think I’m a bandwagon fan. I’ve …

Healthier Patriots blitz Chiefs, reach fifth straight AFC title game

Saturday, January 16, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — The Patriots’ late-season slump didn’t mean much when the playoffs came to New England. Kansas City’s 11-game winning streak mattered even less. With Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman coming back from injuries to help Tom Brady …

Patriots lineman Chandler Jones’ status unknown for playoff against Chiefs

Friday, January 15, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots would have loved to spend the week with nothing else to worry about except Saturday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Then Pro Bowl defensive lineman Chandler Jones wandered over to …

Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce will take cetner stage in divisional game

Thursday, January 14, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Travis Kelce has always been competitive, whether it was on the playground as a kid, the Cleveland Heights football field in high school, or inside Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati. It didn’t …

Chandler Jones admits he made a mistake with synthetic marijuana

Thursday, January 14, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones apologized to his teammates and the New England fans on Thursday for “a pretty stupid mistake” that sent him, shirtless and disoriented, to a local police station. Police who went to …

Patriots won’t let Chandler Jones’ trip to hospital distract them

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — After a year of “Deflategate,” the New England Patriots aren’t about to let Chandler Jones’ still-unexplained trip to the hospital bother them. “I think coach (Bill) Belichick does a great job of really just, like, brainwashing …

Chiefs QB Alex Smith having arguably best season of his career

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith had just led the Kansas City Chiefs to another win in what has become a season full of them when offensive coordinator Doug Pederson was asked to assess his quarterback. Rarely one …

Chiefs, Patriots still alive thanks to interchangeable parts

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The offensive line of the Kansas City Chiefs looks a lot like a grade-school game of musical chairs, only with 300-pound behemoths jumping around from spot to spot. Take second-year pro Zach Fulton. He’s …

Hot team, cold team to meet in AFC playoffs

Monday, January 11, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are about to find out if momentum means anything in an NFL season. The defending Super Bowl champions have lost four of their past six games as they head into Saturday’s playoff …

Lions GM Bob Quinn undecided on coach Jim Caldwell’s future

Monday, January 11, 2016

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Bob Quinn gets to decide Jim Caldwell’s fate with the Detroit Lions. The new general manager doesn’t sound like he is in a rush to tell the current coach his plans. “I’m not going …

Every turnover a trophy for opportunistic Chiefs defense

Monday, January 11, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs had six interceptions all of last season. They nearly had that many in their 30-0 romp over the Houston Texans on Saturday. Of all the reasons why the Chiefs have …