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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady  throws as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels looks on during an NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Patriots circle wagons in camp and focus on football

Saturday, August 1, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots say they have more to worry about during training camp than the status of their star quarterback’s lawsuit against the NFL and the team’s image around the league. The defending Super Bowl champions are trying to replace Vince Wilfork on the defensive line and Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner in the secondary. Linebackers Jerod Mayo and Dont’a Hightower are trying to come back from injuries. New additions such as cornerback/safety Robert McClain are learning the system. Some players – second-year running back James White and defensive lineman Sealver Siliga, for example – are looking for bigger roles, and …

Judge orders Goodell, Brady appear in court Aug. 12, 19

Saturday, August 1, 2015

NEW YORK – The federal judge handling Tom Brady’s attempt to overturn his four-game suspension ordered the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court twice in mid-August. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman told the sides Friday he had scheduled conferences Aug. 12 and 19 “with your principles (including, without limitation, Mr. Goodell and Mr. Brady).” He also …

Will Tom Brady, NFLPA prevail in court? Legal experts say it’s a long shot

Friday, July 31, 2015

The NFL and the players’ union have become so accustomed to facing one another in court that a single lawsuit wasn’t enough for them in the Tom Brady case. Instead, the league and union filed dueling lawsuits in federal courts in New York and Minnesota over Brady’s four-game “Deflategate” suspension, which was upheld Tuesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he heard the …

Patriots release Spikes after car found abandoned in highway

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes yesterday as authorities investigated whether his Mercedes was involved in an accident after the car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people were …

Patriots release Spikes after his car found abandoned

Monday, June 8, 2015

The New England Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes on Monday as authorities investigated whether his Mercedes was involved in an accident after the car was found abandoned in a highway median near where three people were hurt in …

Goodell makes it official: He will hear Brady’s appeal

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official yesterday: He will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension. The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in …

Belichick avoids direct answers on deflated footballs; source says Brady’s appeal date set

Saturday, May 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Coach Bill Belichick shed little light yesterday in his first public remarks since a report was issued on the Patriots’ use of deflated footballs. He avoided direct answers to most of the 10 questions he …

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 …

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 …

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 …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by tomorrow’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Patriots: Finally, high road traveled

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In yesterday’s Monitor, my colleague and friend Ray Duckler wrote about Patriots owner Robert Kraft accepting his team’s punishment for Deflategate. Duckler wrote that Kraft’s decision not to appeal the NFL’s disciplinary action had the distinctive stink of …