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Patriots fan gets tattoo declaring Super Bowl win

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached — yet he says he has no regrets. Thirty-one-year-old Burke O’Connell says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the Super Bowl. The Massachusetts native had a friend ink the celebratory tattoo across his calf two days before …

Peyton Manning to Bill Belichick: ‘This might be my last rodeo’

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DENVER — Peyton Manning isn’t saying that Super Bowl 50 is his grand finale. He’s just saying it could be. NFL Network cameras caught an intriguing exchange between Manning and New England coach Bill Belichick after Denver’s 20-18 win over the Patriots in the AFC championship game on Sunday. When they embraced, Manning …

UMass notebook: Donte Clark proud of hometown Panthers

Monday, January 25, 2016

AMHERST — Sophomore guard Donte Clark wore his Carolina Panthers hat around campus Monday. UMass features a high enrollment of New England Patriots fans, most of whom were recovering from Sunday’s AFC Championship loss to Denver on Monday. Clark, a Charlotte, North Carolina, native, was a rare happy football fan, proud of his hometown team. “People probably think I’m a bandwagon fan. I’ve …

AFC divisional matchups set: Steelers-Broncos; Chiefs-Pats

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Big Ben vs. Peyton Manning. Andy Reid vs. Bill Belichick. The Steelers are on to Denver while the Chiefs are heading to New England. Ben Roethlisberger rallied the Steelers to an 18-16 comeback win over Cincinnati after being carted off the field with a right shoulder injury, setting …

Chiefs will be hard to plan for, Bill Belichick says

Sunday, January 10, 2016

There are two Kansas City games on Bill Belichick’s mind right now. One is the Chiefs’ most recent one, when they beat Houston Texans 30-0 on Saturday in the first round of the NFL playoffs. The other is …

Chiefs beat Texans 30-0 for first playoff win since 1994, will face Patriots

Saturday, January 9, 2016

HOUSTON — After 22 years without a playoff victory, the Kansas City Chiefs secured this one early thanks to a touchdown off the opening kickoff and a harassing defense that forced five turnovers and shut out the Houston …

After strange offseason, Patriots back where they belong

Saturday, January 9, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — Another Super Bowl title, followed by a summer of “Deflategate.” The aborted suspension of quarterback Tom Brady that turned into a 10-game, season-opening winning streak. And then, most unusual of all, stumbling into the playoffs with a 2-4 record after Thanksgiving. “But here we are,” New …

Lions hire Bob Quinn away from Patriots to be GM

Friday, January 8, 2016

DETROIT — The Detroit Lions agreed to a deal in principle with Bob Quinn to be their general manager, hoping to replicate some of the New England Patriots’ success. Lions President Rod Wood confirmed the agreement Friday night. Quinn has been the Patriots’ director of pro scouting for …

Khalil Mack an AP All-Pro at 2 positions; Pats Gronk, Gostkowski named

Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW YORK — Khalil Mack has made All-Pro history. Mack’s versatility and relentlessness earned him selection at two positions on the 2015 Associated Press All-Pro Team, an NFL first. The second-year Oakland Raiders defensive end and outside linebacker …

Every team has a big flaw to fix but also a calling card

Thursday, January 7, 2016

DENVER — Each of the NFL teams still standing has reason to believe confetti, a nice parade and some really big rings are headed their way. Each also knows the locker room clean-out could come this month. The …

Patriots QB Tom Brady says right ankle is feeling better

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

FOXBOROUGH — Danny Amendola had a good chuckle when he was asked if he was ever concerned that quarterback Tom Brady wouldn’t be able to play in New England’s playoff opener. “Oh, no,” the Patriots receiver laughed on …

Patriots WR Danny Amendola’s carport rankles in historic RI neighborhood

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola is catching grief from his neighbors over a temporary carport. Amendola erected the metal structure behind his 1774 home in Providence’s College Hill Historic District last month so …

Tom Brady to have treatment for right ankle but ‘I’ve had worse’

Monday, January 4, 2016

The bye week will come in handy for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who could use the rest after Miami defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh landed on his right ankle in Sunday’s game. Brady threw only 21 passes …