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Oakland Raiders strong safety Usama Young (26) upends New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) after a catch in the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Patriots’ sluggish offense beats Raiders 16-9

Sunday, September 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The New England Patriots had trouble getting into the end zone. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork made sure the Oakland Raiders stayed out of the end zone in the final minute. An interception by the 325-pound Wilfork near his goal line gave the heavily favored Patriots the ball with 51 seconds left, and they ran out the clock to hold off the Raiders 16-9 on Sunday. “It was a team play,” Wilfork said after his third career interception. “I just happened to catch it.” The ball deflected off Logan Ryan after Rob Ninkovich jarred it loose from intended receiver Denarius Moore. On the previous …

Patriots hope to continue dominance at Gillette

Friday, September 19, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Stevan Ridley’s father switched his allegiance from the Oakland Raiders once his son was drafted by the New England Patriots. The running back’s dad sure picked a winner. The Patriots are 25-4, including playoff games, at Gillette Stadium starting in 2011, when Ridley was drafted. They’re two-touchdown favorites to make that …

Heading cross country hard for West Coast teams

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Oakland Raiders have to deal with more than just Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis at New England on Sunday. They’ll also be fighting mental fogginess and the physical effects of jetlag. Their internal clocks will make it feel like it’s 6 a.m. when they drag themselves onto the early bus heading to the stadium four hours before the 1 p.m. kickoff. “When …

NFL games taking over Thursday nights on CBS

Monday, August 18, 2014

NEW YORK — “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the few television shows that can approach the NFL in viewership. CBS executives still didn’t hesitate to temporarily move TV’s top-rated comedy to a different night to make …

Gronk in contact drills for 1st time since surgery

Monday, August 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Go ahead and hit Rob Gronkowski on his right knee. See if he cares. The tough tight end is anxious to get into a game and take his chances less than eight months after surgery. “If …

Flying flags: Penalties aplenty in Pats’ win

Sunday, August 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots put up big numbers in their preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles — 476 yards, 35 first downs and nearly 40 minutes in time of possession. The officials racked up their …

Tom Brady wins preseason debut, Pats top Eagles 42-35

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady dove in vain at Cary Williams as the Eagles cornerback returned an interception for a touchdown on the opening series. Then the turnovers went in the Patriots direction. New England scored touchdowns on …

Tom Brady, LeSean McCoy lead respective offenses of 2013 playoff teams

Thursday, August 14, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — Still wearing their uniforms, Tom Brady and LeSean McCoy smiled and chatted with each other after their teams’ joint practice. Two of the busiest and best players at their positions won’t have such relaxing moments when …

Patriots acquire DL Jerel Worthy from Packers

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The New England Patriots have acquired injured lineman Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers in a trade pending a physical for the defensive end. Worthy’s agent, Chafie Fields, said Wednesday the deal was …

Patriots, Eagles practice on rainy day

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — The Philadelphia Eagles have made huge strides since practicing with the New England Patriots a year ago. From a 4-12 record to 10-6 and their first playoff berth in three years. From learning a different system …

Jeremy Maclin beats Revis for TD in Eagles-Pats practice

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jeremy Maclin ran past Darrelle Revis along the right side and hauled in a long touchdown pass. Not to worry, Patriots fans. It was just part of a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and …

Belichick looking forward to practices with Eagles

Monday, August 11, 2014

FOXBOROUGH — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is looking forward to this week’s joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles for the second straight year. “This will be a good opportunity for our team to play against the Eagles — the offense and defenses and schemes that they …

Recovering Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski works with Tom Brady, Darrelle Revis

Sunday, August 10, 2014

FOXBOROUGH (A.P.)— Rob Gronkowski is getting some help from a couple of very talented friends as he continues his comeback from knee surgery: Tom Brady and Darrelle Revis. As the New England Patriots prepare for their second preseason game, Gronkowski, their star tight end, awaits a return to …