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FILE - In this July 21, 2015, former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Irving Fryar sits in court in Mount Holly, N.J., waiting for jury selection to begin in his and his mother's trial on charges of conspiracy and theft by deception. Fryar was found guilty of a role in a mortgage scam on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015,  and faces up to 10 years in prison. The 52-year-old former wide receiver, who made his name at the University of Nebraska and with several professional teams, applied for multiple mortgage loans in quick succession while using the same property as collateral, a jury found.  (Clem Murray/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Poo, Filel)

Ex-Patriots receiver Irving Fryar sentenced to 5 years in prison

Sunday, October 4, 2015

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – Former NFL star Irving Fryar, a five-time Pro Bowler in a career than spanned 17 seasons from 1984 to 2000, 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 …

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

Sunday, October 4, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – 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 …

Patriots add defensive lineman Thornton to roster, four to practice squad

Friday, October 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots promoted practice squad defensive lineman Khyri Thornton to the roster on Thursday and also added four players to the taxi squad. Thornton, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers last month. He was a third-round draft pick out of Southern Mississippi in 2014. In addition, the Patriots signed defensive back Brandon Dixon, offensive …

NFL asks for expedited appeal of ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Saturday, September 26, 2015

NEW YORK – The NFL is asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an expedited hearing in its appeal of a federal judge’s decision to nix New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension. League attorneys said in a filing Friday afternoon that the appeal is …

Pats’ Gronkowski earns strong praise from Belichick

Thursday, September 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick says there’s a whole lot more to tight end Rob Gronkowski than catching passes, end zone spikes and TV commercials. “Probably underrated. He doesn’t really sometimes come across in that role but what …

Top three teams stay same in AP’s NFL power rankings

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NEW YORK – The New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos still rule in the NFL power rankings. Those three teams kept their spots in the AP Pro32 on Tuesday. In balloting by 12 media members …

Start to season showing Patriots’ Brady driven to crush NFL opposition

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tom Brady does not forget. He weaponizes snubs and slights, even now, even after four Super Bowl titles and an MVP and an assured spot among the all-time greats. In a new Under Armour commercial, he wears a …

Brady throws for 466 yards, leads Patriots past Bills, 40-32

Monday, September 21, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Tom Brady was a buzzkill in Buffalo once again. In silencing a raucous crowd and exposing Bills Coach Rex Ryan’s brash talk for bluster, Brady threw for three touchdowns and 466 yards – the …

A list of Tom Brady’s 400-yard passing games

Monday, September 21, 2015

Date Opponent Yards 9/20/2015 at Buffalo 466 12/8/2013 Cleveland 418 11/3/2013 Pittsburgh 432 12/16/2012 San Francisco 443 9/18/2011 San Diego 423 9/12/2011 at Miami 517 9/22/2002 Kansas City 410 …

Patriots-Bills capsule

Sunday, September 20, 2015

NEW ENGLAND (1-0) at BUFFALO (1-0) Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 2½ RECORD VS. SPREAD – Patriots 1-0, Bills 1-0 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead, 67-42-1 LAST MEETING – Bills beat Patriots, 17-9, Dec. 28, 2014 LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Steelers, 28-21; Bills …

Ryan-coached Bills eager to take on Brady-led Patriots

Sunday, September 20, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The Bills were putting the finishing touches on a season-opening win over Indianapolis when fans began looking forward to Buffalo’s next opponent: New England. “We want Brady!” they began chanting during a 27-14 victory …

Pumped for Patriots: Bills store pokes fun at scandal

Saturday, September 19, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – With the Patriots coming to Buffalo, the Bills are pumped in all ways. At the front of their team store is a large display prominently featuring air pumps, a comic touch for a New England team embroiled in a football deflation scandal the past …

Patriots acquire receiver Keshawn Martin from Texans

Friday, September 18, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots acquired wide receiver Keshawn Martin from the Houston Texans on Thursday for an undisclosed draft pick. The 25-year-old Martin was in uniform but didn’t play in the Texans’ season-opening loss to Kansas City on Sunday. In 48 NFL games, all with …

Brady: “All football, it’s been great.”

Thursday, September 17, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is glad to have things back to normal as he prepares for his second game since having his four-game NFL suspension overturned by a federal judge. “Yes. It’s been nice,” he said Wednesday. …

Bills spill their dislike of AFC East rival Patriots

Thursday, September 17, 2015

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills really don’t like the New England Patriots. And they’re not afraid to say it. “Don’t nobody like the Patriots,” Dareus said. “Let’s just be honest about …