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Pot charge dropped against Patriots’ Blount near Pittsburgh

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Prosecutors have dropped a marijuana charge against New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount that stemmed from an August arrest with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Le’Veon Bell. West View District Judge Richard Opiela told Blount at a court appearance last month that the misdemeanor marijuana possession charge would go away if the player completed 50 hours of community service by Feb. 4. Blount’s Pittsburgh-based attorney, Casey White, notified …

Doug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving. He ranked 42nd in the NFL in both categories. Forty-second. It’s no surprise that Hall of Famer and NFL Network’s Deion Sanders dissed Baldwin and the rest of Seattle’s receiving group. Few analysts give them any credit. So after Baldwin had six catches for 106 yards in the NFC championship …

Special teams could determine Super Bowl champion

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This overall arching thought that once a trick play has happened that you can’t do another …

Jim Litke column: How Pats ball boy became America’s Most Wanted

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The most wanted rule-breaker in America today is a New England Patriots ball boy. So whether you think “Deflategate” is a big deal or not, consider this: If the allegations are true, the fall guy won’t be the …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Ray Duckler: Is the Patriots controversy a lot of hot air? Coaches weigh in

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sean McDonnell, one of the most successful college football coaches in the country, a man respected for his integrity and honor, wants to know what all the fuss is about. Deflated balls? So? “Let me put it this way,” the University of New Hampshire football coach told me …

Patriots’ path to Super Bowl capped by another blowout

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams – Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis – all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the …

Tim O’Sullivan: Latest claims of Patriots’ cheating a lot of hot air

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By now, most of us are used to it. We know that being a Patriots fan means vitriol, envy and accusations, even crazy deflated-ball accusations, will be headed our way. There’s a certain member of my family who …

Patriots’ Wilfork helps accident victim after AFC title game

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady earned his latest Super Bowl berth, then left Gillette Stadium with his supermodel wife. Patriots Coach Bill Belichick probably went straight to the film room. And it’s best not to ask too many …

Patriots, Seahawks examples in two different ways to get the job done

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The final “Jeopardy!” category is Super Bowl XLIX, and the clue is: “You mad, bro?” You have 30 seconds, good luck, and don’t forget to pose your answer in the form of a question. Time’s up. The correct …

NFL investigating whether Patriots used deflated footballs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their AFC championship game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. “We are looking into it,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to …

How the Patriots have fared in AFC championship games

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Patriots won their eighth AFC championship in 11 trips to the title game. 2014 – New England 45, Indianapolis 7 2013 – Denver 26, New England 16 2012 – Baltimore 28, New England 13 2011 – New England 23, Baltimore 20 2007 – New England 21, San …

Belichick, Brady head to 6th Super Bowl after 45-7 rout of Colts

Monday, January 19, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to a special place where no coach or player has gone more – the Super Bowl. They earned their trip with the second-most lopsided AFC championship victory ever. …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Patriots’ AFC championship win has an historic feel

Monday, January 19, 2015

After LeGarette Blount scored his second touchdown, or maybe it was his third, the hulking running back playfully posed among the Minutemen of Gillette Stadium. Blount smiled behind his facemask, the Minutemen smiled beneath their tri-corner hats and …

One Man’s Plan: Football and the loss of the American mind

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Watching the Patriots isn’t healthy for me. Since moving north two decades ago, I’ve seen the Patriots win a lot more than lose. Division titles, Super Bowls, MVPs, GRONK – I’ve fallen hard for them. But very little …