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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during an event at Gillette Stadium Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass., to promote the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins, scheduled to be played there on New Year's day 2016. At rear are Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney, left, and Bruins President Cam Neely, right.  (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Patriots

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day. The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010, at Fenway Park. Patriots owner Robert Kraft also spoke at the ceremony, just hours after his impassioned “Deflategate” defense. Bettman notes that the three organizations are among the most successful in their sports, with 34 championships. The Canadiens have won 24 …

Tom Brady vows to fight on; Robert Kraft says he regrets not doing so

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to put my faith in the league.” One day after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell rejected Brady’s appeal, …

Patriots motivated for 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The last time the NFL punished the New England Patriots for cheating, they ran through the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record. Expect that same fury in 2015. With more time this offseason spent debating the ideal gas law than the team’s fourth Super Bowl title since 2001, the Patriots …

‘Deflategate’ appeal could test powers of NFL commissioner

Saturday, May 16, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — This is no longer about deflated footballs. Tom Brady signaled in his appeal of his “Deflategate” suspension that he will put NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s credibility on trial, further inflating the stakes in what started as …

Tom Brady, NFLPA threaten Commissioner Roger Goodell with lawsuit in ‘Deflategate’

Friday, May 15, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for dismissing …

Perjury charge dropped against Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee

Friday, May 15, 2015

FALL RIVER — A perjury charge was dropped Friday against the fiancee of former New England Patriots star and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez. Shayanna Jenkins had pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors had said she lied dozens of times to …

Prosecutors want to drop Hernandez fiancee’s perjury case

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FALL RIVER (AP) — Massachusetts prosecutors asked a judge Thursday to drop a perjury charge against the fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez as part of an immunity deal. Prosecutors filed a motion to dismiss the case against Shayanna Jenkins, citing her testimony against Hernandez …

Gene Collier: NFL commissioner surely enjoys his paydays, but not much else

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just one more tumultuous summer separates Roger Goodell from his 10th season as NFL commissioner, but he’s already set a career record that might never be broken. That’s the record for Most Phone Conversations That Started Essentially Like …

Falcons owner Arthur Blank says failure to admit mistakes hurt Patriots

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ATLANTA — Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Thursday there is a “general feeling” that the Patriots’ failure to acknowledge mistakes added to the punishment they received for deflating footballs. Blank stressed while at a community improvement event that …

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to personally hear Tom Brady’s suspension appeal

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday night he will personally hear the suspension appeal of Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who challenged the league’s punishment for his role in using deflated footballs during the AFC championship …

Tom Brady’s fill-in: 2nd-year QB Jimmy Garoppolo in line to take over

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — As a junior in high school, Jimmy Garoppolo studied video of Tom Brady. As a rookie in the NFL, he watched the superstar in practice. He looked and learned. In the 2015 opener, the spectator will …

NFLPA to use noted labor lawyer Jeffrey Kessler in Tom Brady appeal

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW YORK — Noted labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler will aid in the players’ union’s planned appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 season for his role in the deflating of footballs. He …

NFL investigator says he found direct evidence against Brady

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK — The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted Tuesday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, …