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FILE -  In this Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/David Goldman, file)

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 have prepared the same way they usually do: allowing some of their biggest stars to leave, avoiding the big-name free agents, and quietly reloading the roster that has won the AFC East 11 times in the past 12 years. So while their fans turn to conspiracy theories about why New England is …

Tom Brady’s future actions could lead to Patriots limbo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

This isn’t over. Not by a long shot. Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is not likely the end of the deflated footballs saga. Brady appears headed to court seeking to overturn the suspension, and at the same time would place his New England Patriots in a damaging quarterback limbo. …

Patriots fans defiant after ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BOSTON — Patriots fans are steamed after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension Tuesday. In bars across downtown Boston, denizens of Patriots Nation expressed surprise and anger at the ruling while still holding out hope their beloved quarterback would be vindicated — either in the courtroom or on the field. John Parthum, a native of suburban Andover, was enjoying a …

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, …

Despite $1M fine, Patriots reap profit from Brady suspension

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — A four-game suspension. A $1 million fine. The loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks. The numbers were flying after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were hit with a trio of penalties for tampering …

MLB pumps up ball security after Tom Brady flap

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

NEW YORK — Even before Tom Brady was penalized, Major League Baseball boosted its prevent defense. As part of a new security plan this season to further safeguard game balls, an MLB representative now watches them get carried …