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St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) lunges for the end zone for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Rams rise in AP power rankings; Pats, Pack, Broncos 1-2-3

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NEW YORK – The St. Louis Rams will get a better idea of how strong they really are in the AP Pro32 power rankings this weekend, when they visit the unbeaten Green Bay Packers. The Rams made the biggest jump in the latest power rankings, improving nine spots to No. 10 in voting by the 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL. St. Louis is 2-2 after handing Arizona its first loss of the season. “With victories over Seattle and Arizona already this season, the future is now for the young Rams,” voter Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News said. The New England …

Hicks’s long path through college and NFL takes him to Patriots

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Akiem Hicks’s long and winding road has brought him to the undefeated New England Patriots. “I’ve got a little bit of a past,” said the 25-year-old Hicks, acquired from the Saints during New England’s bye week. “I went from school in Louisiana to school in Canada and then back down to New Orleans. “It was a process, but I’m happy …

Jets sign former Patriot Kenbrell Thompkins to practice squad

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The New York Jets signed wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins to the practice squad and released wide receiver-kick returner Walter Powell from the practice squad. Thompkins was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati in 2013 and he caught 32 passes for 466 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He played in two games the following season before …

All football, Bill Belichick leaves his narrative to his friends and enemies

Thursday, September 10, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Last Tuesday, Bill Belichick trudged behind a podium wearing shorts and a sleeveless New England Patriots windbreaker, gray stubble dotting his face. The assembled reporters had another round of questions about the status of Tom …

Tim O’Sullivan: Pros and cons on both sides of the ball as Patriots prepare to defend title

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Just when you thought it was safe to focus on actual football, ESPN lurches out from behind a grassy knoll screaming Spygate. Really? Haven’t we devoted enough time to alleged misconduct in Foxborough recently? Fine. Let’s go there. …

Patriots apply for ballboys at center of ‘Deflategate’ to be reinstated

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NEW YORK – The New England Patriots asked the NFL to reinstate the suspended employees at the heart of the scandal that came to be known as “Deflategate.” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Wednesday that the request is under review. The team suspended equipment assistant John Jastremski …

Goodell unwilling to give up final say in discipline process

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NEW YORK – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is willing to lessen his role in the player discipline process, but he’s still reluctant to give up final say. Goodell told ESPN Radio on Tuesday morning the league resists third-party …

Patriots players focus on Steelers, not other issues

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – There is always something when it comes to the New England Patriots. With “Deflategate” out of the way for the time being, “Spygate” has resurfaced following a published report of new allegations regarding secret videotaping …

Former Patriot defensive lineman Moore signs with Vikings

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings filled out their practice squad with former New England defensive end Zach Moore, a local small college product. Moore was signed Monday. The Patriots released him Saturday. Drafted in the sixth round from Concordia University, the NCAA Division II program in St. Paul, Minn., Moore …

Brady wants to move on from Deflategate

Monday, September 7, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady just wants to move on. Making his first public comments since the “Deflategate” court ruling, Brady said he is focused on preparing for Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh. He also recognized his …

Steelers face challenge in beating Brady on the road

Monday, September 7, 2015

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have had their struggles against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Foxborough. The four-time Super Bowl winner has led the Patriots to three lopsided home victories against Pittsburgh and he’s looking for …

Veteran WR Wayne among 11 players cut by Patriots

Sunday, September 6, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady will have one less veteran receiver when the defending Super Bowl champs open their season Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots cut veteran wide receiver Reggie Wayne and 10 others on …

Pats Coach Belichick on having Brady back: ‘He never left’

Saturday, September 5, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Like every game, Patriots Coach Bill Belichick says he’s focused on his next opponent. But he doesn’t feel like he’s got a new edge with star quarterback Tom Brady able to play in the season …

Maine Dunkin’ Donuts: Free coffee for ‘Deflategate’ judge

Saturday, September 5, 2015

LEWISTON, Maine – A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Maine is offering free coffee for life to the federal judge who lifted New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension. The Sun Journal reported the shop in Lewiston put the …

Judge’s NFL bashing skips judgment of Brady in ‘Deflategate’

Saturday, September 5, 2015

NEW YORK – A judge’s ruling freeing New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to play football erased his four-game suspension but failed to address the root question of the “Deflategate” scandal: What did Brady know about a plot …