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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right, watches from the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Jets’ Ryan on sense of humor: ‘I’m not dead yet’

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Rex Ryan’s sense of humor is still going strong. Despite a 3-11 record and facing an uncertain future, the New York Jets coach has kept the one-liners and self-deprecating jokes coming. He refuses to pout, even if tomorrow’s game against the New England Patriots might be his last at home with the team. “I’m just going …

O-line comes together for Patriots

Saturday, December 20, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England offensive line, maligned through the early weeks of the season, has rebounded to do a terrific job protecting the team’s 37-year-old prime asset. Quarterback Tom Brady contributed to the team’s highlight film with a 17-yard scramble that ended in a hard hit instead of a slide last week against Miami. On Nov. 2, some Brady footwork led …

Patriots must gear up for Jets’ running game

Friday, December 19, 2014

FOXBOUROUGH, Mass. – The Patriots know they’re preparing for a Jets offense that will run, run and run some more when the divisional foes meet Sunday in New Jersey. “This team wants to run the ball. They let you know the want to run the ball, that’s their motto, that’s what they stand for,” Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said yesterday. “You talk …

Patriots fall 26-21 to Packers in thriller

Sunday, November 30, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. – In a quiet locker room, Tom Brady sat alone and stewed about missed opportunities. This was one tough night for the New England Patriots. Brady threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns, but got …

Preview capsule for Patriots-Packers

Saturday, November 29, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (9-2) at GREEN BAY (8-3) tOday, 4:25 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Packers by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 7-4, Green Bay 5-5-1 SERIES RECORD – Tied 5-5 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Packers, 31-27, Dec. 19, 2010 LAST WEEK – Patriots beat Lions, …

Some old-school running could helps Pats make history at Lambeau

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Bill Belichick loves football history, and with his team traveling to Green Bay this week, Professor Belichick has plenty of lecture material – Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, The Ice Bowl, The Frozen Tundra, Titletown, USA. “Coach is really …

Patriots vs. Packers could be Super Bowl preview

Saturday, November 29, 2014

New England at Green Bay features the two best teams with the most potent offenses in the NFL at the moment. It’s being billed in some quarters as a Super Bowl preview and, if so, watch how Pats …

Bush determined to play for Packers vs. Patriots

Friday, November 28, 2014

GREEN BAY, Wis. – In Jarrett Bush’s mind, the only place he’s questionable for tomorrow’s game against the New England Patriots is on the official injury report. The Green Bay Packers special teams ace missed last Sunday’s game …

Contrary to Belichick’s words, Brady and Rodgers have plenty in common

Friday, November 28, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers really do have a lot in common. During this season’s first month, the star quarterbacks of the Patriots and Packers were facing questions about their teams’ slow starts. It’s no …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Patriots seek to slow down fast-starting Packers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots are one of the NFL’s best teams in the first half. Just not as good as the fast-starting Green Bay Packers when they’re at home. That’s where the Patriots (9-2) will …

Red Sox delete tweet; second gaffe by Boston pro team

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BOSTON – Red Sox fans cried foul over an innocuous tweet the team acknowledges was ill-timed – the second social media gaffe by a Boston pro sports team in as many weeks. The Red Sox tweeted: “So how was everyone’s Monday?” The tweet went out a minute after …

Patriots and Packers meet in battle of NFL’s latest dominant teams

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots have piled up points and big victory margins against NFL division leaders. Now they’re preparing to face another one and leaving all those routs behind. “Nobody is happier than I am …