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New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty speaks with reporters following an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Patriots defensive backs train together in Phoenix

Sunday, July 27, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The downpour began as practice was about to end for the Patriots on Sunday. It was nothing like the conditions in Arizona where four New England defensive backs had prepared for training camp. “You play football in whatever the weather is,” cornerback Logan Ryan said after he and his teammates scurried for shelter Sunday. Even if it’s 110 degrees and dry. That’s the way he remembers it when he and three teammates worked out for about two weeks in Phoenix. “I think it rained for five minutes one time,” Ryan said. “They called it a monsoon.” Ryan went to the Fischer Institute … 0

Aaron Hernandez loses effort to dismiss charges

Friday, July 25, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — A judge has rejected a motion to dismiss charges against Aaron Hernandez stemming from the 2013 slaying of a Boston man whose body was found near Hernandez’s home. Lawyers for Hernandez, a former New England Patriots tight end, argued that prosecutors hadn’t shown probable cause to sustain the murder … 0

Gronk’s back: Star tight end practices with Patriots

Friday, July 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Rob Gronkowski ran short routes, caught passes and jogged back to the line of scrimmage. He didn’t cut sharply, run hard at defensive backs or participate in 11-on-11 drills. The oft-injured tight end for the New England Patriots is practicing at training camp but not ready for full activity as … 0

NFL Draft Day 2: Patriots take QB Jimmy Garoppolo; Raiders grab QB David Carr

Saturday, May 10, 2014

NEW YORK — The only two quarterbacks chosen on the second day of the NFL draft Friday have a lot to emulate. Derek Carr’s guiding light has been older brother David, the top overall pick in the 2002 … 0

Patriots take QB Jimmy Garoppolo in 2nd round

Friday, May 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots, casting an eye toward the future, selected Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with their second-round pick in the NFL draft Friday night. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be 37 in August and doesn’t appear near retirement, but Garoppolo, who says Brady … 0

Patriots draft Florida DL Dominique Easley in 1st round

Friday, May 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots selected Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley with the No. 29 overall pick in the NFL draft. A 6-foot-2, 288-pound lineman who could play on the inside or outside, Easley was said to … 0

NFL Draft: Texans pick Jadeveon Clowney No. 1

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NEW YORK — For nearly three years, Jadeveon Clowney couldn’t wait to get to the NFL, and the league was just as eager to add the player some called the best defensive prospect in a decade. No surprise: … 0

And the New England Patriots will select in the NFL draft ...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Predicting who the New England Patriots will take in the draft during the Bill Belichick era has always been challenging. The Patriots have been so unpredictable in the draft that most prognosticators will often preface a prediction with the caveat that nobody really knows what’s likely to happen. … 0

Patriots hope to improve pass rush in draft

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots stocked up on top free agent cornerbacks. Now it’s time to make their job easier by adding a young pass rusher. They hope to find one in the NFL draft starting Thursday night. “There’s a deep group of defensive linemen that are … 0

Newly appointed Troy Vincent looks to upgrade NFL

Sunday, April 27, 2014

NEW YORK — New director of football operations Troy Vincent can see in the NFL’s future a developmental league, an eighth official on the field for games, and coaches using tablets on the sidelines to call plays. Vincent, a former Pro Bowl player and president of the players’ … 0

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NEW YORK — Mike McCarthy promises there won’t be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink … 0

David Ortiz want to visit Marathon finish line Monday

Friday, April 18, 2014

BOSTON — David Ortiz wants to visit the Boston Marathon finish line Monday after the Red Sox are done with their Patriots’ Day game against Baltimore. Just more than a year ago, two bombs went off near the finish line, less than a mile from Fenway Park, about … 0

2 Hernandez associates indicted on murder charges

Friday, April 11, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — Two associates of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez were indicted Friday on murder charges in the shooting death of a man last summer about a mile from Hernandez’s home, prosecutors said. … 0