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Patriots, Saints to hold preseason practice in West Virginia

Friday, May 29, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – The New England Patriots will join the New Orleans Saints for joint practices in West Virginia in August. New Orleans Coach Sean Payton confirmed the practices yesterday after the Saints’ organized team activities in Metairie, La. The Patriots will arrive for practices at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs before the teams play a preseason game Aug. 22 in New Orleans. The Saints will …

Rookie guards studying Patriots complex offensive system

Friday, May 29, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots’ two rookie guards are helping each other study the team’s complex offensive schemes. They’ve already learned a much simpler strategy. No matter what the question, answer cautiously or risk the wrath of their secretive coach. Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason were drafted in the fourth round …

Kraft introduces top draft pick, stays mum on ‘Deflategate’

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Robert Kraft spent 80 seconds yesterday making his first public remarks since saying eight days earlier he wouldn’t appeal the Patriots’ punishment for using underinflated footballs. Not one of those seconds was devoted to the scandal. At a ceremony introducing New England’s first-round draft choice, the team’s owner stood on …

NFLPA to use noted labor lawyer Kessler in Brady appeal

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEW YORK – Noted labor attorney Jeffrey Kessler will aid in the players’ union’s planned appeal of Tom Brady’s suspension. The New England Patriots quarterback was suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2015 …

Ray Duckler: Deflategate? Tom Brady? Patriots lineman won’t tackle topic during visit to Concord

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I went hunting yesterday, for the elephant in the room. Or in this case, in the Abbot-Downing School gym. Sure enough, there was Dumbo, or Mr. Snuffleupagus, or Horton, or whichever name you choose, camouflaged by a New …

Despite $1 million fine, Patriots reap profit from Brady suspension

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – A four-game suspension. A $1 million fine. The loss of first- and fourth-round draft picks. The numbers were flying after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were hit with a trio of penalties for tampering with the footballs in the AFC championship game. Here …

Garoppolo, Brady’s backup, learned to play quarterback by imitating him

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The phone call seems surreal to him now, because small moments so rarely become the start of something so meaningful. In 2007, Jeff Christiansen received a plea from Doug Millsaps, the head football coach at Rolling Meadows High …

NFL investigator says he found direct evidence against Brady

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW YORK – The lawyer who investigated the New England Patriots insisted yesterday that he found direct, not just circumstantial, evidence to show quarterback Tom Brady knew team employees were deflating footballs. Miffed by criticism from Brady’s agent, …

Local football coaches, quarterbacks weigh in on Brady’s suspension

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When the Deflategate penalties came down Monday – a four-game suspension for quarterback Tom Brady, a $1 million fine for the Patriots and the loss of a first- and fourth-round draft pick – pundits across the country lined …

Brady, Patriots dared NFL to strike, and deserved what they got

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The four-game suspension of New England Patriots Tom Brady, handed down by the NFL yesterday, and the New England Patriots’ $1 million fine and loss of draft picks is the end result of the quarterback and his team …

Veteran CB Arrington released by Patriots

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Cornerback Kyle Arrington was released by the New England Patriots. Arrington, 28, spent the last five seasons in New England, playing in two Super Bowls. An undrafted free agent out of Hofstra who didn’t stick …

Brady suspended for 4 games, Patriots fined $1 million after DeflateGate report

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The significance of the New England Patriots’ use of under-inflated footballs last season was unclear, and the results of the investigation into the behavior were debated. But the National Football League’s punishments of the Patriots and their quarterback …

Signing business goes on for New England Patriots

Saturday, May 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed eight of their draft picks and seven rookie free agents. Missing from the list is first-round pick Malcom Brown. Among those agreeing to terms are second-round pick Jordan Richards; fourth-rounders Shaq Mason, Trey Flowers and Tre’ Johnson; sixth-rounders A.J. Derby …

Tough-to-please Tom Brady is no dummy about legal matters

Friday, May 8, 2015

Deflating footballs for Tom Brady is a tough job. The star quarterback is the unquestioned star in New England, but at least one Patriots employee dares to diss him. Still, workers think it’s worth doing whatever makes Brady happy, especially if autographed footballs and sneakers are part of …

Jim Litke column: No games? No worry. It’s butt-covering season in NFL

Friday, May 8, 2015

The NFL moves heaven and earth a dozen times every Sunday of the season to get calls on the field exactly right. But investigations and disciplinary matters? Not so much. In those cases, close is apparently close enough. At the end of a nearly four-month investigation into what’s …