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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, right, tosses the ball to running back Brandon Bolden during an NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. The Patriots will travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys on Sunday.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Patriots will try to stop Greg Hardy in lineman’s Dallas debut

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Greg Hardy’s mouth is preceding his production. The Dallas Cowboys defensive end will return to the field on Sunday after serving a four-game suspension for roughing up his former girlfriend. His first opponent: The defending NFL champion New England Patriots, who are 3-0 under reigning Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady. And Hardy is looking forward to it. “I …

Patriots’ perfect start helps shut ‘Gate’

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

There had been a real possibility that Tom Brady would serve a four-game suspension to open this season in the fallout from “Deflategate.” That’s what Commissioner Roger Goodell wanted and it would have let the Dallas Cowboys avoid facing Brady this week. However, the courts overturned that suspension and Brady was declared eligible a week before the season began. And now Brady and …

Greg Hardy returns from 4-game suspension, says focus on football, Patriots

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

IRVING, Texas — Greg Hardy chose to talk about football just about every time he was asked about the domestic violence case that led to the Dallas defensive end’s four-game suspension. Meeting with reporters Tuesday now that the ban is lifted, Hardy even found a way to talk football when asked if he …

2 Patriots employees reinstated by NFL

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The NFL has reinstated the two New England Patriots employees cited by the league for their involvement in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. Equipment assistant John Jastremski and officials locker …

Tom Brady says he’s supporting Trump for president

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw his support behind presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday, hours before the second Republican debate. The Super Bowl MVP, whose four-game suspension for using deflated footballs was recently overturned …

Patriots notebook: Tom Brady finally gets to focus on football

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Tom Brady is glad to have things back to normal as he prepares for his second game since having his four-game NFL suspension overturned by a federal judge. “Yes. It’s been nice,” he said Wednesday. …

DT Marcell Dareus eager to rejoin Bills with new deal, suspension over

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus rejoined the Bills on Tuesday with his future secure and his past in perspective. Signing a six-year, $108 million contract extension at the same time he was serving a …

Patriots use extra prep time to ready for Rex Ryan’s Bills

Monday, September 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Having opened their season with a win last Thursday night, New England Patriots players were able to scout Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Bills on television Sunday. What they saw in Ryan’s debut at his new address …

Rex Ryan’s Bills looking forward to hosting Patriots

Monday, September 14, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — After the Bills’ season-opening win over the Indianapolis Colts, the task gets tougher for Week 2. Tom Brady and the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “It’s a tough Sunday because of their skill,” …

NFL headset technology better but not perfect

Friday, September 11, 2015

The NFL upgraded the coach-to-player communication system three years ago and now it’s apparent the coach-to-coach headsets are due for an upgrade, too. Following Pittsburgh’s 28-21 loss at New England in the 2015 opener, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin …

NFL clears Patriots of headset suspicion in opening game

Friday, September 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly has heard air traffic control coming in over the headsets he uses to communicate with his staff. Former Ravens coach Brian Billick said he once heard a pizza delivery guy. So …

Party starter: Tom Brady throws 4 TDs, three to Gronk, in 28-21 season-opening win

Friday, September 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — It was as if Tom Brady never was away. Of course, he never really was, and with “Deflategate” behind him and the Patriots, the star quarterback was back to his unstoppable self. Brady threw for four …

Quartet of trophies on display at Patriots celebration

Thursday, September 10, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Everything was in place for the New England Patriots to celebrate their fourth Super Bowl championship in the NFL opener. The four Vince Lombardi Trophies were on the field. A fourth banner was unveiled on the …