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President Barack Obama holds a signed New England Patriots football helmet during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, to honor the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl XLIX victory. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Super Bowl champion Patriots honored at White House

Thursday, April 23, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama honored the New England Patriots for winning the Super Bowl despite a “huge distraction” and “media circus” over underinflated footballs in their conference championship game. Obama recognized the NFL champions Thursday during a White House ceremony on the South Lawn. “That whole story got blown a little out of proportion,” Obama said of the so-called …

Victim’s mom to move ahead with suit against Aaron Hernandez

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BOSTON — The mother of a man slain by former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is moving forward with a lawsuit against him, and her lawyer said Wednesday that his first step is to figure out how much money Hernandez has left and where he’s keeping it. Lawyer Douglass Sheff also said …

Steelers-Patriots to open 2015 schedule on a Thursday night

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NEW YORK — Among the Patriots’ rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. This opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL season on Thursday night, Sept. 10 with a game matching quarterbacks with six Super Bowl …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Patriots place franchise tag on K Stephen Gostkowski

Monday, March 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski on Monday. The team said in an unattributed statement that the move gives the sides more time to negotiate an agreement. If no deal is reached by July 15, the …

Video shows Hernandez dancing near gas pump before killing

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FALL RIVER — Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez ran up a $243 bar tab and smoked marijuana in the hours before the boyfriend of his fiancee’s sister was shot to death, according to testimony Thursday at his …

Housecleaners say they saw guns in Aaron Hernandez’s home

Monday, February 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing. Hernandez …

Hometown eager to celebrate Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler

Friday, February 20, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. — The day before the Super Bowl that would change Malcolm Butler’s life, he posted a picture of the Vicksburg city seal on his Facebook page, thanking family and friends for supporting him during his journey …

Aaron Hernandez jurors see video of victim getting into car

Friday, February 20, 2015

FALL RIVER — Grainy surveillance video shown Friday to jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez shows the victim an hour before he was killed climbing into a car that prosecutors say …

Colts talked to league about balls before AFC title game

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped …

Patriots knew day of killing cop wanted to talk to Hernandez

Friday, February 13, 2015

FALL RIVER — The New England Patriots were alerted within hours that police wanted to talk to tight end Aaron Hernandez after a body was found not far from his house, a detective testified Friday, elaborating during often …