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New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, right, dodges defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) and outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) during an NFL football organized team activity in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, June 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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 one of the programs which helped him …

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 …

‘Deflategate’ or not, New England fans should enjoy the Patriots’ success

Friday, January 30, 2015

If the Patriots win Sunday’s Super Bowl, the title will be tainted, an asterisked championship that won’t mean as much — at least that’s what the seemingly endless parade of talking heads, who breathlessly can’t wait to talk about “Deflategate,” are saying. Who exactly is going to consider it tainted? Who cares if they do? If New England wins its fourth Super Bowl, …

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, QB Tom Brady offer no explanation for deflated footballs

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 …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Some things to know as NFL investigates Patriots’ footballs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment — including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

NFL probe continues; ESPN report cites 11 deflated balls

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing after a report Tuesday night claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated. Troy Vincent, …

Bill Vinovich is Super Bowl referee, among 4 1st-timers on crew

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW YORK — Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the Super Bowl, heading a seven-man crew that includes four officials working the title game for the first time. The NFL made the announcement Tuesday. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks play Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona. …

Agent for NFL players arrested, charged with mail fraud

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The agent for a handful of NFL players has been charged with mail fraud and accused of trying to swindle his clients out of millions of dollars he claimed would be invested in 13 Burger King franchises across Virginia. Vinnie Porter, who is certified by the NFL Players …

Patriots path to Super Bowl capped by another blowout

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams — Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis — all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the Super …

History of Patriots, Belichick controversy

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Before we had Deflategate, there was Spygate. Has any professional coach - a hugely successful professional coach, mind you - ever been so tied to cheating or bending the rules? Bill Belichick is the “gate” coach, linked more closely to Richard Nixon than Vince Lombardi. From the tuck …

Jury selection continues in Aaron Hernandez case

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FALL RIVER — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriot on Aaron Hernandez. Tuesday marked the second day in which dozens of prospective jurors were brought into court for individual questioning, and either advanced to the next phase of the selection process …

Sam Mellinger: Patriots vs. Seahawks is the perfect Super Bowl matchup, and the hype will be huge

Monday, January 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Because this is America and football and we have two weeks to kill, at some point, somewhere, someone is going to call this the best Super Bowl matchup ever. The smart people in Las Vegas will take your bet on just about anything, from the MVP …