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Defensive lineman Malcom Brown, second from left, the New England Patriots first round draft pick, takes the stage as Patriots owner Robert Kraft prepares to introduce Brown during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots president Jonathan Kraft follows Brown, who played his college career at Texas. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Robert Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds Wednesday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the team’s owner stood on a platform in the middle of the field …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Monday, May 25, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has been set. The collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days. …

AP sources: Roger Goodell will not recuse self from Tom Brady appeal

Friday, May 22, 2015

NEW YORK — Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. The NFL told the players’ union on Friday that Goodell will not recuse himself from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge …

MLB pumps up ball security after Tom Brady flap

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK — Even before Tom Brady was penalized, Major League Baseball boosted its prevent defense. As part of a new security plan this season to further safeguard game balls, an MLB representative now watches them get carried …

NFL suspends quarterback Tom Brady four games, fines New England Patriots $1 million for deflated footballs

Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW YORK - The NFL came down hard on its biggest star and its championship team, telling Tom Brady and the Patriots that no one is allowed to mess with the rules of the game.  The league suspended …

Ex-New England TE Ben Coates: Pats will move past ‘Deflategate’

Monday, May 11, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Former New England tight end great Ben Coates has heard from too many friends recently all bashing the Patriots for deflating footballs. Hold off, Coates said Monday, pointing fingers because “honestly, stuff happened all the time” and the Patriots are looked at more harshly because …

New charge for Aaron Hernandez: witness intimidation

Monday, May 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is facing another criminal charge: witness intimidation, prosecutors said Monday. Hernandez was convicted last month of killing Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister, …

NFL suspends quarterback Tom Brady four games, fines New England Patriots $1 million for deflated footballs

Monday, May 11, 2015

NEW YORK — The NFL suspended Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady for the first four games of the season, fined the New England Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks Monday as punishment for deflating footballs …

Deflated-ball trick nothing new in games people play

Sunday, May 10, 2015

If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’. The credit for that old saying generally goes to NASCAR legend Richard Petty, though it just as easily could have come from Tom Brady, Gaylord Perry or pretty much any of …

Paul Newberry: After sullied week in sports, let’s all shower off

Friday, May 8, 2015

After a sullied week in sports, we sure could use a shower. Or at least Judge Judy. Start with Tom Brady, his fingerprints all over Deflategate but as defiant as ever. Move on to Alex Rodriguez, who passed …

Patriots QB Tom Brady says deflated footballs hasn’t detracted from title

Thursday, May 7, 2015

SALEM — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday night the scandal surrounding his use of deflated footballs during the NFL playoffs last season hasn’t detracted in any way from his Super Bowl title. “Absolutely not,” Brady …

Tough-to-please Tom Brady is no dummy about legal matters

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Deflating footballs for Tom Brady is a tough job. The star quarterback is the unquestioned star in New England, but at least one Patriots employee dares to diss him. Still, workers think it’s worth doing whatever makes Brady …

As an organization, Patriots are no strangers to controversy

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Before we had Deflategate, there was Spygate. Has any professional coach — a hugely successful professional coach, mind you — ever been so tied to cheating or bending the rules? Bill Belichick is the “gate” coach, linked more …