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FILE - In this  Feb. 1, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) celebrates after Malcolm Butler intercepted Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale, Ariz. Wilfork , who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots, said Thursday, March 5, 2015, the team will not be picking up his option and will become a free agent.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Wilfork: Patriots aren’t picking up my option

Friday, March 6, 2015

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said yesterday he will not be back with New England next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls and established himself as the cornerstone of the Patriots’ defense. In a statement on Twitter, Wilfork said the team told him it would not be picking up his option for 2015, making him …

Letter: Political football

Thursday, March 5, 2015

You’ve got to hand it to the New England Patriots. Patriots players are chosen for their ability, not preconceived ethnic background or other inconsequential consideration. Each player possesses qualities which, taken together, make a great team. Now translate that concept to health care. Is it important to care about anything other than having affordable, cost-effective insurance leading to health care that meets patients’ …

NFL Films releases Patriots Super Bowl DVD

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots fans who can’t get enough of the team’s Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks now have a chance to watch not just Malcolm Butler’s game-clinching interception but all of the key plays during the season that led up to it. The NFL Films official DVD from the championship season was released yesterday. The video chronicles the …

Patriots put franchise tag on Pro Bowler Gostkowski

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The New England Patriots placed the franchise tag on three-time Pro Bowl kicker Stephen Gostkowski yesterday. The team said in an unattributed statement that the move gives the sides more time to negotiate an agreement. If no deal …

Colts talked to league about footballs before AFC title game

Friday, February 20, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – General Manager Ryan Grigson said yesterday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped …

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi to appear in Concord

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who helped the New England Patriots win three Super Bowls before retiring in 2008, will appear in Concord on March 16 at 6 p.m. to raise money for the American Stroke Association. …

Super Bowl hero (but not MVP) Malcolm Butler gets new truck

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NORWOOD, Mass. – Malcolm Butler intercepted the delivery of Tom Brady’s new truck. Brady earned the prize for winning the Super Bowl MVP for the third time. He led the Patriots to a 28-24 victory over the Seattle …

Gronkowski spikes puck as Bruins honor champion Patriots

Sunday, February 8, 2015

BOSTON – Rob Gronkowski puck-tuated a Super Bowl victory with a spike on the ice. The star tight end and several of his New England Patriots teammates were honored by the Bruins before their game against the New …

NFL fines Irvin, 3 others for roles in Super Bowl shoving

Saturday, February 7, 2015

NEW YORK – Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in a scuffle with 18 seconds left in the Super Bowl. Three other players received lesser fines. Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett and New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and …

Bill Belichick set for David Letterman appearance

Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW YORK – Bill Belichick will appear on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night. The New England coach led the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl title Sunday night. He last visited Letterman in February …

Ray Duckler: ‘In Brady we trust,’ and the Patriots, who brought another one home

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The warehouse laborer in the Boston coffee shop, his voice as gravely as a back road, never tried to hide the doubt he once felt. Tom Brady, the superstar quarterback, once looked his age. The Patriots, the NFL’s …

Throngs of spectators celebrate Patriots’ Super Bowl win in Boston

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

For a few high school students from Sharon, Mass. – who aren’t in school today – Tom Brady is a goat. Well, not really a goat; he’s the GOAT. As in the Greatest Of All Time. The students, …

Brady: ‘I would love to’ give Malcolm Butler MVP truck

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BOSTON – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he “would love to” give the truck he got for winning his third Super Bowl MVP to defensive back Malcolm Butler. Butler made the game-saving interception at the goal line in …

Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien retires

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots special teams coach Scott O’Brien is retiring after 24 seasons in the NFL. Joe Judge will replace him. He had been O’Brien’s assistant since 2012. The team made the announcement yesterday, two days after the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in …

Two days later, sad, solemn Seahawks pack up for offseason

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

RENTON, Wash. – When Russell Wilson took the snap with 26 seconds remaining in the Super Bowl, made his read and released the pass, he believed he was on his way to getting fitted for a second Super …