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FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2014 file photo, Carlos Ortiz, an associate of former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez, stands during a hearing in Bristol Superior Court in Fall River, Mass., on a charge of being an accessory after the fact to murder in the death of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. On Friday, April 11, 2014, Ortiz and Ernest Wallace were both also indicted on charges of murdering Lloyd.  (AP Photo/The Herald News of Fall River, Dave Souza, Pool, File)

2 Hernandez associates indicted on murder charges

Friday, April 11, 2014

FALL RIVER (AP) — Two associates of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez were indicted Friday on murder charges in the shooting death of a man last summer about a mile from Hernandez’s home, prosecutors said. A grand jury in Bristol County returned separate indictments against Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace in the June 2013 killing of semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd, District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter said. Ortiz and Wallace, who are from Bristol, Conn., where Hernandez grew up, had been charged previously with accessory to murder after the fact and had pleaded not guilty. They had been ordered held on $500,000 … 0

Patriots sign former Eagles S Patrick Chung

Thursday, April 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Safety Patrick Chung is back with the New England Patriots as the latest addition to their rebuilt secondary. After one season with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chung signed on Thursday with the team that drafted him in the second round in 2009. “I’m glad to be back. It’s like family here. It … 0

Former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light was in Amherst Wednesday talking life after football

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

AMHERST — Former New England Patriots standout, Matt Light, visited Amherst’s own, Hangar Pub and Grill Wednesday night to speak to University of Massachusetts students about transitioning to life after football. Since retiring from the National Football League in 2011, Light has since garnered his passion for marketing by partnering with KEEL vodka … 0

Peyton Manning’s mind on football, not future

Monday, January 13, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Peyton Manning’s mind is on New England, not his neck. When answering a question last week about whether he could still enjoy the playoffs given his previous postseason disappointments, Manning dropped in a phrase that … 0

Broncos CB Chris Harris out with torn ACL

Monday, January 13, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is out for the rest of the playoffs after an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL in his left knee. “There’s no doubt he’s one of our better … 0

Run game, defense send Patriots to AFC championship

Sunday, January 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots are back in the AFC championship game because of a dominant running attack and an opportunistic defense. Oh yeah, and Tom Brady too. You know, the guy who filled in as the … 0

Patriots, Blount run over Colts and into AFC championship

Sunday, January 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount ran the Patriots into their third straight AFC championship game. The 250-pound back had four touchdown runs and New England kept Andrew Luck from a second straight comeback victory, beating the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 … 0

Stephen Gostkowski, Adam Vinatieri get kicks in playoff

Friday, January 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Stephen Gostkowski sings on the sideline when he prepares to kick. Then he tries a field goal that could win a big game for the New England Patriots. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” might be … 0

Tom Brady, Andrew Luck have knack for late comeback wins

Friday, January 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady has been leading successful comebacks for more than a decade. Andrew Luck is just getting started. One of them should have a chance to do that again Saturday night. The New England Patriots and … 0

Mike Vrabel leaves Ohio State to be Texans assistant

Thursday, January 9, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Third-year Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is jumping back to the NFL to rejoin new Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien. Vrabel, who played at Ohio State and went on to a 14-year career in the NFL, will coach linebackers, he confirmed in a … 0

Tough guy Logan Mankins gets ready for Pats-Colts game

Thursday, January 9, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Logan Mankins got tough working with his dad on a cattle ranch in California. Getting kicked by a steer was just part of the job. And no reason to take a day off. That upbringing helped … 0

Colts not expecting warm reception in New England

Thursday, January 9, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Adam Vinatieri has warmed up to those chilly New England receptions. Sometimes, he hears cheers. Sometimes, he hears boos. It’s all part of life as an ex-Pat in one of football’s fiercest rivalries — even for … 0

LeGarrette Blount part of Patriots deep group of running backs

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — LeGarrette Blount’s first season with the New England Patriots started slowly. It’s picking up speed at the right time. The 250-pound bulldozer charges into the first playoff game of his four NFL seasons after a breakout … 0