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Quinn has led Seattle to record-setting defense

Sunday, January 25, 2015

RENTON, Wash. — Almost every day during training camp and often during the season, Dan Quinn would put on large padded gloves and essentially go through a sparring session with the Seattle Seahawks defensive linemen as they warmed up for practice working on pass rushing techniques. Once Quinn got into the position of being a defensive coordinator — after years of working as a position coach — he was not …

Patriots’ Browner gets a 2nd chance at a Super Bowl ring

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when the New England Patriots play his …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Saying his team “followed every rule to the letter,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they made it to the Super Bowl by cheating. “At no time was there any intent whatsoever …

Julian Edelman has come long way from junior college days to Patriots

Thursday, January 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Julian Edelman’s college coach saw him make some amazing plays while he was at school. So he wasn’t shocked when the wide receiver unleashed a 51-yard touchdown pass for the Patriots. “When you’re only going to …

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady changes into different man on game day

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The day after the New England Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship Game with a win over the Baltimore Ravens, Tom Brady was relaxed and calm as he watched the Packers-Cowboys playoff game. Later that day, …

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary charged with rape

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Prosecutors have filed charges of rape, criminal confinement with bodily injury and battery resulting in bodily injury against Indianapolis Colts backup linebacker Josh McNary. Peg McLeish, a spokeswoman in the city prosecutor’s office, confirmed Wednesday that …

Aaron Hernandez jurors asked about attending Patriots games

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FALL RIVER — Lawyers involved in the murder trial of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez want to know if there are any die-hard Patriots fans in the jury pool. They also have asked more than 1,000 …

The long and winding road to Super Bowl’s doorstep

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

There are the 2007 Patriots, a juggernaut, and the 2014 not-so-dominant version. There are the current Seahawks, not quite as fearsome as last year’s championship edition. Throw in a Packers team that doesn’t much resemble the Lombardi squads, …

Colts become surprise contestant on championship weekend

Monday, January 12, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois never bought the notion Indianapolis couldn’t contend for a Super Bowl this season. He had too much faith in his teammates and coaches to accept that perception. Now, one day after …

Brady vs. Luck replaces Brady vs. Manning in AFC title game

Monday, January 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — No Brady vs. Manning XVII this postseason. Now it’s Brady vs. Luck IV. Translation: After 16 matchups with Peyton Manning, Tom Brady will face Andrew Luck for the fourth time when the star quarterbacks lead the …

Patriots stay confident despite big deficits

Sunday, January 11, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Skeptics pounced when a blowout loss left the New England Patriots with a 2-2 record. Quarterback Tom Brady was over the hill, they said. Maybe Bill Belichick wasn’t a coaching genius after all. But the Patriots …

State braces for Aaron Hernandez, marathon bombing trials

Sunday, January 11, 2015

BOSTON — Jury summonses have been flying, police have been deploying and the news media has been scrambling like seldom before as two highly anticipated criminal trials get underway almost simultaneously in Massachusetts: the federal death penalty trial …

Surprised Ravens confused by Patriots’ tricks, trick plays

Saturday, January 10, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — By the time John Harbaugh figured out what Bill Belichick had up his hoodie sleeves, New England was one play away from cutting a 14-point deficit in half. And by the time the Ravens realized what …