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Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez listens during his murder trial, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is charged with killing semiprofessional football player Odin Lloyd, 27, in June 2013. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald, Pool)

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Friday, January 30, 2015

The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in tomorrow’s Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case said they must leave the room if his name is mentioned. Hernandez caught quarterback Tom Brady’s last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the Patriots’ 2012 loss to the New York Giants. Now he is on trial for murder, charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister. The trial is playing out just as Hernandez’s old team is preparing to take …

Only Brady, Wilfork remain from Patriots’ last title team

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – Vince Wilfork still remembers the joy of being showered with confetti on the field where the New England Patriots won their last NFL title. “It’s something that you really can’t put into words,” he said of that celebration 10 years ago. “Everybody looks at you as a world champion.” Tom Brady …

Carroll: Refs to use hand signal for ineligible receiver

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said yesterday the referees will use hand signals to indicate clearly when normally eligible receivers check in the Super Bowl as ineligible, a technique the Patriots have used in the postseason. Carroll spoke about conversations he had with league officials after Seattle and New England reached the Super Bowl to get an understanding of how those players …

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 …

AFC championship game capsule, Colts at Patriots

Sunday, January 18, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (13-5) at NEW ENGLAND (13-4) 6:40 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 7 RECORD VS. SPREAD – Indianapolis 13-5, New England 9-8 SERIES RECORD – Patriots lead 49-29 LAST MEETING – Patriots beat Colts 42-20, Nov. 16, 2014 LAST WEEK – Colts beat Broncos, 24-13; Patriots …

Humble Luck approaches next step in career against Patriots in AFC title game

Sunday, January 18, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Step by step, Andrew Luck has climbed into the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks. In each of his three seasons, he and the Indianapolis Colts got one game closer to the Super Bowl. Now he …

Tim O’Sullivan column: It all hinges on defense for Patriots in AFC championship

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The defense is supposed to be the difference. It’s supposed to be the thing that lifts this Patriots team back to its Super Bowl-winning heights. Today, in the AFC championship game against wunderkind quarterback Andrew Luck and the …

Jones brothers meet in Colts vs. Pats AFC title game

Saturday, January 17, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Jones family dinner table was a competitive place with three athletic sons. “If it was the last piece of chicken, or whatever, we were wrestling for it,” said eldest brother Arthur. The reward will …

Unlikely players could shine in NFL conference championships

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Davante Adams and Jermaine Kearse had their best games to help their teams reach the NFC championship game. Trent Richardson and Jonas Gray watched in street clothes while their teams advanced to the AFC title game. The NFL …

Adam Vinatieri’s postseason milestones

Friday, January 16, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Playoff milestones for Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, who entered the NFL in 1996 with the New England Patriots. Vinatieri will face his former team in Sunday’s AFC championship game. Postseason Record: 20-9 (Colts were 2-1 when Vinatieri was on injured reserve following 2009 season). Conference championship …