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Sporting a new neck tattoo former New England Patriots NFL football player Aaron Hernandez sits at the defense table during his arraignment on a charge of trying to silence a witness in a double murder case against him by shooting the man in the face at Suffolk Superior Court Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, Pool)

Aaron Hernandez sports neck tattoo at latest court hearing

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BOSTON — Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez, sporting a new neck tattoo while making his first court appearance since being sentenced to life in prison for murder, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to a charge he tried to silence a witness in a separate double murder case by shooting him in the face. The tattoo, on the right side of …

Aaron Hernandez to be arraigned in witness intimidation case

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is set to be arraigned on a charge he tried to silence a witness in a double murder case by shooting him in the face. Hernandez’s arraignment is scheduled for Thursday in a Boston courtroom. He was convicted last month in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister. …

Roger Goodell wants to hear directly from Tom Brady in appeal

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not had time to study a request from the players’ union that he recuse himself from …

Patriots take Stanford defensive back Richards in 2nd round

Friday, May 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Jordan Richards is hoping to continue his education when he leaves Stanford to play for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “I just want to learn and I’m going to go there and try and be a sponge and soak …

Patriots choose Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown in first round

Friday, May 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots drafted Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown on Thursday night, hoping they’ve found a replacement for five-time Pro Bowler Vince Wilfork. The defending Super Bowl champions took Brown with the 32nd and final pick of the first round after he had been expected …

Patriots need CB help in draft after losing Revis, Browner

Monday, April 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — An unheralded cornerback saved the Super Bowl for the New England Patriots. Now they need two starters at that position to help them defend their title. The two they had last season left in free agency …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Report: Patriots’ Nate Solder had testicular cancer surgery

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder had surgery for testicular cancer last spring then went on to start every game, including the Super Bowl victory. Teammate Matthew Slater said Tuesday he was aware of …

Rob Gronkowski parties like rock star in offseason of frivolity

Monday, April 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Rob Gronkowski has perfected how to party like a rock star. He tried to jam like one this month at a video game event — his latest pit stop in an offseason stuffed with bashes, …

In Aaron Hernandez murder case, question lingers: Why?

Friday, April 17, 2015

FALL RIVER — Aaron Hernandez had it all. Fame, as a star tight end with the New England Patriots, which took him to the Super Bowl. Fortune, with a $40 million NFL contract. Family, with a fiancee and …

After conviction, many court cases left for Aaron Hernandez

Thursday, April 16, 2015

FALL RIVER — Even after he was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez is nowhere near done with his legal troubles. He still …