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Editorial: Be thankful, New England sports fans

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Life tends to hit its stride on Thanksgiving. Dinnertime isn’t a hurdle to be cleared, hugs are doled out a little less awkwardly, and excess calories and laziness aren’t only accepted, they’re expected. For a day, the tiresome mental newsreel that plays on an endless loop in the stressed-out mind is silenced by the present moment. And everybody gives thanks because there is so much to be thankful for – …

Lions center Raiola fined $10,000 by NFL

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

NEW YORK – Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola was fined $10,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness for a striking an opponent at New England on Sunday. The play was on a third-and-9 from the Detroit 35 with 57 seconds remaining. He struck the Patriots’ Zach Moore. The league cited him for violating a rule that prohibits “striking, swinging at, or clubbing the …

Patriots sign Slater to 2-year contract extension

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – NFL Players Association records show New England special teams captain Matthew Slater signed a two-year contract extension. Slater called the extension “humbling” yesterday but declined to go into details. The Patriots don’t announce contract extensions. The total value of the deal is $4 million. Slater said he’d rather talk about …

Patriots’ dominance after the halfway point

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Since Bill Belichick arrived in New England as head coach in 2000, the Patriots have played nearly .800 ball (90-23) in the second halves of seasons, including their 1-0 start this season with the 43-21 win over Denver. A look at the Pats’ recent run of excellence after …

Patriots showing dramatic improvement – and they’ll need more of it

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Patriots’ improvement from the September debacle in Kansas City to last Sunday’s Denver beatdown has been more emphatic than a Rob Gronkowski spike. New England’s production, and perception, has changed so drastically that the Pats have gone …

Texans to start ex-Patriot Mallett at quarterback

Thursday, November 6, 2014

HOUSTON – Ryan Mallett’s wait to be a starter is over. After toiling in the shadow of Tom Brady for three seasons in New England and backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick for nine games this year, Coach Bill O’Brien …

Coach happy with resurgence of Patriots offensive line

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Dave DeGuglielmo was excited to return to his roots when he became offensive line coach of the New England Patriots this year. He was back in the state where he was born, raised and played …

Patriots No. 1 in AP Pro32 rankings

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NEW YORK – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are back where they have been for so much of the Bill Belichick era. On top of the NFL. The Patriots dominated Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, …

With win over Broncos, Patriots position themselves in front of AFC race

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots were reeling from the second worst loss of the Belichick-Brady era when the disappointed but determined quarterback took a moment to look ahead. “We need to make sure we never have …

Brady outduels Manning; Patriots roll over Broncos, 43-21

Monday, November 3, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The chant began midway through the fourth quarter with the latest matchup between the all-time great quarterbacks long ago decided: “Brady’s Better.” On this day, Tom Brady and his New England Patriots certainly were the …

Broncos-Patriots capsule

Sunday, November 2, 2014

DENVER (6-1) at NEW ENGLAND (6-2) 4:25 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Broncos by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Denver 4-3, New England 4-4 SERIES RECORD – Broncos lead, 28-20 LAST MEETING – Broncos beat Patriots, 26-16, AFC championship game, Jan. 19, 2014 LAST WEEK – Broncos beat …

Marquee matchup: Manning vs. Brady for 16th time

Sunday, November 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady says Peyton Manning “does everything right.” Manning has read that Brady “wants to play until he’s into his mid-40s ... and he could probably do it.” As usual, the stars of the richest …

Talib even-keeled about his return to New England

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Another year, another homecoming for a Patriot-turned-Bronco star. Last season, it was Wes Welker returning to Foxborough, and that one didn’t go very well. His punt return gaffe late in overtime led to Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal that completed New England’s comeback from a …

Brady focused on Denver defense, not on Manning

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Fans get another chance to gauge the relative greatness of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning when the quarterbacks meet for the 16th time. Brady will be analyzing something more important. The New England Patriots star …

Pats sign DL Branch, release LB Skinner

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed defensive lineman Alan Branch and released linebacker Deontae Skinner. Branch was cut by Buffalo on Aug. 24, one day after being arrested on a drunken-driving charge. He spent four seasons with Arizona after being drafted in the second round in …