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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

Warrant links Aaron Hernandez to Boston shooting

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

BRISTOL, Conn. — Police believe former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez was in an SUV when someone inside shot two people to death in Boston in 2012, according to a search warrant filed in Connecticut. The warrant does not indicate who investigators believe pulled the trigger or suggest … 0

In 14th season, Tom Brady still fired up for playoffs

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Tom Brady head-butted teammates before his first Super Bowl. Twelve years and four more NFL championship games later, the quarterback hasn’t lost his fire. He still shows it before games and after big plays by banging … 0

Dane Fletcher likely to fill in for injured Patriots LB Brandon Spikes

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The mantra of the New England Patriots when a player gets injured is “next man up.” This week that man will be backup linebacker Dane Fletcher. With Brandon Spikes joining three key defenders on injured reserve with a knee injury, Fletcher is likely to see a … 0

Luck gets 2nd chance to test himself against Brady

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — Growing up, Andrew Luck kept trying to emulate the quarterbacks he watched on Sunday afternoons, guys like Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers. And Tom Brady. Now, the 24-year-old franchise quarterback is all grown up and about … 0

Colts hoping to get help from ex-Patriot

Monday, January 6, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts are getting some help from a former Patriot. Six days before the two rivals meet in a divisional-round game, the Colts signed Deion Branch, the former New England receiver and Super Bowl MVP. Indianapolis … 0

Colts sign former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch

Monday, January 6, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Colts signed former Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch six days before playing his ex-team in the divisional round. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Branch had 518 catches for 6,644 yards and 39 touchdowns over a career spent mostly with the New England Patriots. Branch also has … 0

Patriots not taking Colts defense lightly

Monday, January 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — A defense that allowed 44 points in a playoff game might boost the confidence of its next opponent. Such generosity rarely leads to wins. But the New England Patriots aren’t counting on the Indianapolis Colts being … 0

Patriots place LB Brandon Spikes on IR

Monday, January 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — New England’s defense suffered another big blow Monday when the Patriots’ placed linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve because of a knee injury five days before their playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts. Spikes, the Patriots’ second-leading tackler, is their fourth key defender to be … 0

Aaron Hernandez girlfriend wants perjury charge dropped

Monday, January 6, 2014

FALL RIVER — The girlfriend of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez plans to seek dismissal of a perjury charge she faces in connection with the murder case against him, her lawyer said Monday. Defense attorney Janice Bassil said during a brief proceeding in Fall River … 0

Patriots now preparing for hot Colts

Sunday, January 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The bye week is over. Now the New England Patriots can focus on a major challenge. How can they stop Andrew Luck? The quarterback who brought Indianapolis back from a 28-point, third-quarter deficit to a 45-44 … 0