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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots football defensive tackle Vince Wilfork smiles during a news conference in Foxborough, Mass. Wilfork, who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, said Thursday, March 5, 2015, the team will not be picking up his option and he will become a free agent.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Vince Wilfork: Patriots aren’t picking up my option

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday he will not be back with New England next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls and established himself as the cornerstone of the Patriots’ defense. In a statement on Twitter, Wilfork said the team told him it would not be picking up his option for 2015, making him …

Prosecutors can’t bring up Florida shooting in ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez murder case

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not be allowed to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before the killing, a judge ruled Wednesday. Hernandez is on trial for the June 2013 killing of …

Aaron Hernandez prosecutors want jury told about Florida shooting

Monday, March 2, 2015

FALL RIVER — Prosecutors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez asked the judge Monday to let them tell jurors about his involvement in a friend’s shooting in Florida, saying it contradicts the argument his defense team has presented: He would not shoot a friend. Superior Court …

Tom Brady rallies Patriots to 28-24 Super Bowl win over Seahawks

Sunday, February 1, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ten years removed from his last Super Bowl win, Tom Brady wasn’t letting this one slip away. Sure, the brilliant Brady needed a huge play by an undrafted rookie to preserve New England’s 28-24 Super …

Aaron Rodgers wins MVP, J.J. Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take …

Former Amherst College coach leading the Patriots defense

Friday, January 30, 2015

In the hours leading up to his team’s biggest game of the season, Amherst College football coach E.J. Mills knows one of the first people who will send him some encouragement. Even while involved in final preparations for …

This Tom Brady in Belchertown sometimes mistaken for that other Tom Brady who plays football

Friday, January 30, 2015

The phone call came out of nowhere. A nameless man was so irate following a New England Patriots loss that he looked up the phone number of Tom Brady and voiced his displeasure to the apparent three-time Super …

‘Deflategate’ or not, New England fans should enjoy the Patriots’ success

Friday, January 30, 2015

If the Patriots win Sunday’s Super Bowl, the title will be tainted, an asterisked championship that won’t mean as much — at least that’s what the seemingly endless parade of talking heads, who breathlessly can’t wait to talk about “Deflategate,” are saying. Who exactly is going to consider …

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Friday, January 30, 2015

FALL RIVER — The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday’s Super Bowl, but the judge …

Super Bowl notebook: Richard Sherman looking forward to fatherhood

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — Richard Sherman has contingency plans in place should his girlfriend give birth to their first child — a son — before Sunday’s Super Bowl against New England. Sherman doesn’t seem worried about the potential arrival of …

Hoodie and scowl hide the Belichick impact

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — He’s been called the Evil Genius, and he’s been fined for spying on an opponent. And now there are questions about deflated footballs. Any visual portrait of Bill Belichick likely has him wearing a hoodie — …

Ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez goes on trial on murder charges

Thursday, January 29, 2015

FALL RIVER — With his ex-teammates about to play in the Super Bowl, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez went on trial on murder charges Thursday, watching from the defense table as prosecutors said DNA on a …

NFL: ref inspected footballs properly in AFC title game

Thursday, January 29, 2015

PHOENIX — NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino says the inspection of the footballs by referee Walt Anderson before the AFC championship game was handled properly. Blandino also said Thursday the process of checking the footballs and security surrounding the inspections will be enhanced for Sunday’s Super Bowl. As …