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Editorial: NFL shouldn’t profit from patriotism

Sunday, May 24, 2015

As if the NFL needed any more reasons to be embarrassed. After a year of botched investigations into player misconduct, along with questionable behavior from teams and those overseeing them, observers might be forgiven for thinking the well had run dry. But no, here comes a new round of questionable behavior, courtesy of the federal government and its friends in the league. According to media reports, the Defense Department has …

Sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NEW YORK – Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. Goodell will not withdraw from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge of the decision. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity …

Goodell wants to hear directly from Brady in appeal

Thursday, May 21, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said yesterday it’s his responsibility to hear directly from New England quarterback Tom Brady in his appeal of his four-game suspension in the deflated footballs case. Goodell said he has not had time to study a request from the players’ union that he recuse himself from …

NFL report says Patriots employees ‘likely’ deflated balls, Brady ‘probably’ aware

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NEW YORK — An NFL investigation released Wednesday concluded New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship and that quarterback Tom Brady was probably “at least generally aware” of the rules violations. The NFL …

Patriots tackle Solder healthy at voluntary team activities

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Nate Solder was blindsided by the news. Cancer. He had just turned 26. At 6-foot-8 and 320 pounds, he was in excellent condition. Tom Brady depended on his left tackle to protect him. But after …

Patriots cut former starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released former starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard after using him in just six games last season. Dennard started seven games as a rookie in 2012 and nine in his second season. He …

Patriots reinforce defensive line on draft’s third day

Saturday, May 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick again traded down to get an extra pick yesterday, and the Pats bolstered their offensive and defensive lines by picking linemen with five of their first six picks. New …

Patriots take Stanford defensive back Richards in second round

Saturday, May 2, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Safety Jordan Richards is hoping to continue his education when he leaves Stanford to play for Bill Belichick and the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. “I just want to learn and I’m going …

Patriots choose Texas defensive tackle Brown in first round

Friday, May 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots keep using the draft to build a formidable young defensive line. The defending Super Bowl champions drafted Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown with the 32nd and final pick of the first …

Look for Patriots to fill a need at cornerback in NFL draft

Thursday, April 30, 2015

There are two common misconceptions when it comes to the Patriots and the NFL draft, which begins tonight at 8 with the first round and continues tomorrow (rounds two and three) and Saturday (rounds four through seven). The first misconception is the Bill Belichick “always” trades down and …

Source: Jets fined $100K by NFL for tampering

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Woody Johnson made one costly comment for the New York Jets. The NFL is fining the team $100,000 for tampering because of the owner’s comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of …

Obama lauds Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, cracks a few jokes along the way

Thursday, April 23, 2015

As much as the president, a loyal Chicago Bears fan, might prefer otherwise – even he can’t deny it: Washington, he’s realized, is New England Patriots country. “For some reason that I don’t fully understand, there is a …

Patriots’ Nate Solder had testicular cancer surgery last year

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder had surgery for testicular cancer last spring then went on to start every game, including the Super Bowl victory. Teammate Matthew Slater said yesterday he was aware of …

Patriots secondary will have yet another new look

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Devin McCourty was asked if he was surprised Darrelle Revis left the New England Patriots to return to the New York Jets. “Who?” the Patriots’ free safety said with a laugh on Tuesday. “Revis?” Asked if he’s no longer allowed to mention the cornerback’s name …

Steelers-Patriots to open 2015 schedule on a Thursday night

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

NEW YORK – Among the Patriots’ rewards for winning the Super Bowl is hosting the season opener. This opposition this year is another team with championship pedigree: the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England and Pittsburgh will begin the NFL …