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This photo provided by the Dane County, Wis., Sheriff’s Office shows former Wisconsin and Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball. Ball was charged on Monday Feb. 8, 2016  with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, for an incident at a downtown Madison, Wis., hotel after an apparent argument with his girlfriend early Friday, Feb. 5. (Dane County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Patriots request waivers for running back Ball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The New England Patriots requested waivers on running back Montee Ball. The move Tuesday to cut the former Wisconsin standout comes a day after Ball found out that he wouldn’t face felony charges after an apparent argument with his girlfriend. Ball spent time on the Patriots practice squad late in the season. He was cut by Denver in September. Prosecutors had charged Ball on Monday with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, for an incident at a downtown Madison hotel early Friday. The woman told police she and Ball were arguing when he threw her in the air and she landed on a table, cutting her leg. …

Second-guessing of Belichick begins with the man in the hoodie

Monday, January 25, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – You still see T-shirts around the home of the New England Patriots with Coach Bill Belichick’s scowling face and the mantra “In Bill We Trust.” But more than any time since the hoodied football guru began filling the team’s trophy case, fans here are beginning to question his judgment. Two …

Deflating ending sends Patriots trudging into offseason

Monday, January 25, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots’ season started off the field with “Deflategate.” It ended with a deflating loss on it. In the middle, New England at times resembled the same unflappable, tunnel-vision team that earned its fourth Super Bowl title one year ago. But the lasting memories of the 2015 season will likely …

Patriots offense brims with confidence thanks to some health

Friday, January 22, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the New England Patriots offense, health has been a fleeting commodity this season. When the offensive line was healthy, the backfield hurt. Then the receiving corps took its turn on the training table late …

Mind games between Patriots-Broncos before big game Sunday

Friday, January 22, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Gronk pushes off. Brady whines. If it’s AFC championship week, somebody must be complaining about the New England Patriots. This time around, it’s the Denver Broncos, who have delivered a few hits through the media …

Oops! NFL refs forget balls at hotel before Patriots game

Friday, January 22, 2016

BOSTON – This ball controversy can’t be blamed on the Patriots. Massachusetts State Police came to the rescue before Saturday’s NFL playoff game between New England and the Kansas City Chiefs by delivering footballs that game officials left …

Patriots LB Darius Fleming rescues woman after car accident

Thursday, January 21, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming didn’t hesitate when he saw a woman trapped in a smoking car: He kicked out the window, enabling her to escape. But Fleming cut his right leg in the …

Broncos’ Harris, Miller excited to be back for second AFC title clash with Patriots

Thursday, January 21, 2016

DENVER – Backslaps for the backups. That’s all pass-rusher Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris Jr. could provide the last time the New England Patriots played the Denver Broncos for the AFC championship. The backbone of Denver’s dominant …

Patriots RB Jackson chasing unlikely Super Bowl appearance

Thursday, January 21, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Steven Jackson wasn’t waiting by the phone late last month when the Patriots called looking for a running back to plug the holes of their battered backfield. He didn’t even hear it ring as he …

AFC title may come down to kickers

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DENVER – Antonio Smith says nobody can get into Tom Brady’s head. That didn’t stop Denver’s defensive lineman from trying by labelling New England’s quarterback a crybaby. “I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after …

Patriots put LB Jerod Mayo on season-ending injured reserve

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots placed linebacker Jerod Mayo on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season. Mayo, 29, was injured in Saturday’s victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Mayo played in all 16 …

Teams one win from Super Bowl nonetheless have their weaknesses

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Every team in the second round of the NFL playoffs learned some lessons about themselves. For the four winners, how they apply those lessons will determine if they make the Super Bowl. All four have …

In close games, battle-tested Broncos’ confidence only rises

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos don’t get tight when their games get that way. Their 23-16 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday was their 10th by seven points or fewer, tying the 1978 Houston Oilers for most such …

In his 10th AFC championship game, Brady still soaking in the feat

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

As a 24-year-old in 2001, his second NFL season, Tom Brady stepped in when Drew Bledsoe was injured and led the New England Patriots into the playoffs. When he arrived in Pittsburgh to play the Steelers in the …

Edelman’s return helps Patriots return to AFC title game

Monday, January 18, 2016

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots returned to normal just in time to return to the AFC championship game for the fifth year in a row. With Julian Edelman back from a broken foot, the Patriots shrugged …