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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2014 file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throws a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. Rodgers has won his second Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)

Aaron Rodgers wins MVP, J.J. Watt unanimous top AP defensive player

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX — Just living the dream. And looking for more. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers won his second MVP award Saturday night, and J.J. Watt swept away the voters the way he sweeps quarterbacks off their feet to take top defensive honors. Rodgers, also the 2011 Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award winner, took this one in somewhat surprisingly easy …

Former Amherst College coach leading the Patriots defense

Friday, January 30, 2015

In the hours leading up to his team’s biggest game of the season, Amherst College football coach E.J. Mills knows one of the first people who will send him some encouragement. Even while involved in final preparations for the next day’s game, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia takes time to remember …

This Tom Brady in Belchertown sometimes mistaken for that other Tom Brady who plays football

Friday, January 30, 2015

The phone call came out of nowhere. A nameless man was so irate following a New England Patriots loss that he looked up the phone number of Tom Brady and voiced his displeasure to the apparent three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The man found a number and called it. The problem was it was …

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The NFL said Friday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable for …

Paul Newberry: Deflategate should keep Belichick out of Super Bowl

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not so long ago, we came to praise the New England Patriots. Now, it’s time to bury them. Deflategate and a brazen disregard for the truth should be more than enough for the NFL to order Bill Belichick …

Jury expected to be seated soon in Aaron Hernandez trial

Friday, January 23, 2015

FALL RIVER — The judge overseeing the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez on Friday settled on a pool of 53 prospective jurors from which the court will try to seat 18 jurors. Opening statements in the case are expected Tuesday, though that could …

Colts GM Ryan Grigson goes silent on NFL investigation into Patriots

Friday, January 23, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Ryan Grigson is putting the ball squarely in the NFL’s court. The Colts general manager has gone silent on the hottest topic in the NFL ahead of next week’s Super Bowl: whether the New England Patriots …

Local reaction mixed to Deflategate controversy

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Valley residents had mixed reactions to Deflategate, the controversy involving the New England Patriots and whether the team willfully supplied underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game Sunday. According to reports, an NFL investigation discovered 11 out of …

Brady, Belichick offer no explanation for deflated balls

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said Thursday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square …

Super Bowl notebook: Seattle CB Jeremy Lane doesn’t worry about Pats TE Rob Gronkowski

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Seattle Seahawks nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane said Thursday he doesn’t think New England All-Pro Rob Gronkowski is that good and being physical with the tight end is important. Asked what he thinks makes Gronkowski so good, Lane paused. “I actually don’t think he’s that good. He’s OK. He …

Colts linebacker says he noticed nothing wrong with Patriots’ football

Thursday, January 22, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson says he noticed nothing wrong with the football he intercepted against New England in last week’s AFC championship game. Talking after his Pro Bowl team practiced at Luke Air Force …

Not just NFL: Ball-tampering an issue for other sports, too

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PARIS — Scuffed balls, scratched balls, balls switched mid-game. Ball-doctoring isn’t only an issue for the NFL, which is investigating a report that the New England Patriots used underinflated footballs in the AFC championship game while beating the …

What trick will Bill Belichick pull from his hoodie sleeve next?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has long been a fan of trick plays. Some of them are even legal. But he won’t be alone in next week’s Super Bowl: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also …