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Ex-Patriot Spikes pleads guilty, gets probation in hit-and-run

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WRENTHAM, Mass. – Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty and will serve a year of probation in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people. Spikes appeared Wednesday in Wrentham District Court, where he admitted to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of personal injury, operating an uninsured vehicle, speeding and a marked lanes violation. State police found a damaged Mercedes-Benz Maybach belonging to Spokes …

Excusing Brady, evaluating league protocol the only fair option for Goodell

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Roger Goodell can restore a sense of loftiness to the NFL commissioner’s office with a simple expedited decision. He should lift the suspension on Tom Brady this week, and turn his disciplinary eye on the vague, sloppily enforced league rules that caused Deflategate in the first place. This is his best way out …

NFLPA goes after Patriots for punishing Butler over missed workout

Friday, June 26, 2015

NEW YORK – The NFL Players Association complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently. The Patriots are accused of holding Butler out of voluntary workouts because he was late for the first …

Brady waiting for Goodell decision after 10-hour hearing

Thursday, June 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It’s back to the waiting game for Tom Brady. After making his case in a 10-hour hearing, Brady’s fate is in the hands of Roger Goodell. Just when the NFL commissioner will announce his decision …

Brady appeal hearing ends after more than 10 hours

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NEW YORK – After a 10-hour hearing, Tom Brady now must wait to find out if his appeal of a four-game suspension carried any weight with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady was suspended by the league for his …

As Brady’s appeal gets under way, quarterback’s legacy gets mixed reviews

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady grew from a sixth-round draft choice into one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Off the field, he’s a celebrity with a supermodel wife and lucrative marketing deals. All that has made …

Patriots sign top draft pick, DL Malcom Brown of Texas

Saturday, June 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed their first-round draft pick, defensive lineman Malcom Brown from Texas. The Patriots chose Brown with the 32nd pick after his three-year college career in which he had 8½ sacks, two fumble recoveries and 165 tackles in 39 games, 26 of …

Pats defenders line up to replace departing Wilfork

Thursday, June 18, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For a day, at least, Vince Wilfork was with the Patriots again, to collect a Super Bowl ring at the home of team owner Robert Kraft. His presence at the celebration served as an immediate reminder that the leader won’t be in Foxborough this coming …

Flynn focusing on his status, rather than Brady’s, while adjusting to Patriots’ offense

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Matt Flynn is back at the stadium where he made his first NFL start. He’s not focusing on making another in place of Tom Brady. Flynn practiced with the New England Patriots on the first …

Ex-Patriots linebacker Spikes cited in hit-and-run that injured three

Saturday, June 13, 2015

BOSTON – Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was cited by the state police yesterday for rear-ending another vehicle on a Massachusetts highway then leaving the scene. Spikes, 27, is accused of leaving the scene of an …

Sources: Patriots add backup QB Matt Flynn

Friday, June 12, 2015

With Tom Brady possibly suspended for the first four games on the 2015 season, the New England Patriots added to their quarterback depth yesterday, signing eight-year veteran Matt Flynn, according to ESPN. Flynn has started seven games in a career that includes stops in Green Bay (2008-11; ’13-14), …

Patriots release Spikes after car found abandoned in highway

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes yesterday as authorities investigated whether his Mercedes was involved in an accident after the car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people were …

Patriots release Spikes after his car found abandoned

Monday, June 8, 2015

The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes on Monday as authorities investigated whether his Mercedes was involved in an accident after the car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people were hurt in …

Goodell makes it official: He will hear Brady’s appeal

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official yesterday: He will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension. The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in …

Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs; source says Brady’s appeal date set

Saturday, May 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Coach Bill Belichick shed little light yesterday in his first public remarks since a report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he …