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Patriots reinforce defensive line on draft’s final day

Sunday, May 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick again traded down to get an extra pick Saturday, and the Pats bolstered their offensive and defensive lines by picking linemen with five of their first six picks. New England, which had eight picks on the third day of the NFL draft, traded a fifth round pick (147th overall) to the Green Bay Packers for Packers’ picks in the fifth round (166) …

Patriots take Stanford defensive back Richards in 2nd round

Friday, May 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Jordan Richards is hoping to continue his education when he leaves Stanford to play for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “I just want to learn and I’m going to go there and try and be a sponge and soak up as much as I can,” he said on Friday night after the Patriots selected …

Patriots choose Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown in first round

Friday, May 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots drafted Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown on Thursday night, hoping they’ve found a replacement for five-time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork. The defending Super Bowl champions took Brown with the 32nd and final pick of the first round after he had been expected to be drafted earlier. That position became a priority when Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowler, …

NFL unveils plans to mark league’s 50th Super Bowl

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX — The Super Bowl turns 50 this year and the NFL is planning a golden yearlong celebration. The league unveiled plans that include sending a gold-colored football to the high school of every player or head coach who played in the big game. The football will have …

NFL owners shoot down most replay proposals

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PHOENIX — NFL owners shot down nearly every video replay proposal brought to their meetings Tuesday, while approving six safety rule changes. Of the 13 replay alterations proposed, including extending the number of coaches’ challenges and letting them …

Aaron Hernandez cousin made to testify says she can’t recall facts

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FALL RIVER — A cousin of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez took the stand in his murder trial Tuesday after being ordered to testify, giving him a big smile and telling the prosecutor she couldn’t remember …

Bank teller: Aaron Hernandez sent $15K to man accused of selling guns

Monday, March 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — Testimony in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez focused on guns Monday, with a bank teller saying Hernandez asked her to send $15,000 out of his $1.8 million paycheck …

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 …