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New England Patriots place kicker Stephen Gostkowski (3) and long snapper Danny Aiken (48) come on the field for NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo)

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 is reached by July 15, the Patriots will pay Gostkowski $4.126 million in 2015. Gostkowski led the NFL in total points for the fourth time in 2014. He is the leading scorer in franchise history. The 2006 fourth-round draft pick was 35 of 37 on field goals this season – a 94.6 percentage that is the highest in Patriots history. He did not miss a kick in …

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 off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after Mike Adams picked off two …

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. The location for the event, which will be hosted by local triathlete and fitness guru …

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 …

Patriots, Seahawks fought to last yard in best Super Bowl ever

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PHOENIX – A classic comeback, a miracle catch, an epic blunder, a goal-line stand in the final seconds. Any one of those things by itself would have been the defining moment in a Super Bowl, but this game …

Boston, Patriots move Super Bowl championship parade to Wednesday

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BOSTON – The Super Bowl celebration for New Englanders and their beloved Patriots will have to wait another day as Boston continues to get battered by heavy snow. Mayor Marty Walsh said the city will postpone a planned victory parade through downtown until tomorrow. He said the city …

Source: Edelman passed concussion test on sideline during Super Bowl

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

PHOENIX – Julian Edelman passed a concussion test after a big hit in the Super Bowl appeared to leave him groggy, allowing him to continue and catch the winning touchdown a few minutes later, a person with knowledge …