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New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty (32) intercepts a pass thrown by Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) and intended for Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis (89) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Fast Patriots start has fans thinking of another 16-0 season

Saturday, October 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — This is not 2007. Sure, the NFL has found the New England Patriots guilty of cheating and punished them — again. And, true, they are off to a quick start, opening this season with three consecutive and convincing wins that have them among the early favorites to reach the Super Bowl. But any talk about them running the …

Ex-New England Patriots WR Irving Fryar sentenced to 5 years in prison

Friday, October 2, 2015

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — Former NFL star Irving Fryar was sentenced Friday to five years in prison for his role in a mortgage scam. His mother, Allene McGhee, was sentenced to three years’ probation in the same case. Both were convicted in August of applying for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession while using the same property as collateral. Fryar, 53, was …

Ageless Adam Vinatieri still getting kick out of milestones

Thursday, October 1, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts players consider Adam Vinatieri a true treasure. At age 42, he might actually fit the description. He owns four Super Bowl rings, has made six AFC title game appearances, and has been involved in some of the most memorable moments in league history. He’s tackled Herschel Walker, been the beneficiary …

It’s not over yet: What’s next in the ‘Deflategate’ mess

Thursday, September 3, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers — and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and appeals and even a college class in New England called “Deflategate.” And it’s not …

Judge rules against NFL in ‘Deflategate’; league plans appeal

Thursday, September 3, 2015

NEW YORK — Tom Brady learned Thursday he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league’s four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly …

Proposal to ban chewing tobacco at Boston ballparks approved

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues was approved Wednesday by the City Council. Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco, commonly …

Patriots ready for Brady or no Brady

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH — No matter U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling, the New England Patriots are prepared to move forward with or without star quarterback Tom Brady. Brady’s fate will be decided sometime in the next few days, …

Others improved, but enough to dethrone Pats in AFC East?

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — The AFC East got a lot more entertaining with one wacky, drama-filled offseason. Rex Ryan brought his bluster to Buffalo. The New York Jets cleaned house, welcomed home one of the franchise’s best players and …

Without James Develin, Patriots plan to be flexible at fullback

Monday, August 31, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — The loss of James Develin to a broken right tibia left the New England Patriots without a fullback on the roster. Sort of. “Playing fullback sometimes you see the fullback line up at tight end (and) tight ends line up at fullback,” tight end Rob …

No settlement: Roger Goodell, Tom Brady await ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Monday, August 31, 2015

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs …

Brady struggles but guides TD drive; defense, Garoppolo lead Patriots to comeback win over Panthers

Friday, August 28, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At least for one series Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady again. The four-time Super Bowl champion overcame two early interceptions to lead his first touchdown drive of the preseason as the New England Patriots …

Patriots look for improvement in 3rd preseason game

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Bill Belichick is looking for some major improvement from the New England Patriots as they head to Carolina for Friday night’s third preseason game. “We weren’t very good on either side of the ball, or …

Reggie Wayne looking forward to fresh start with Patriots

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH (AP) — Reggie Wayne said he was talking to several NFL teams before deciding to sign a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. “There were a lot of serious calls, from some good teams, but I …