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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Rolando McClain celebrates after he intercepted a pass late in the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. The Cowboys are bringing back McClain after the former top 10 pick revived his career with a solid season in Dallas.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

McClain opts against Patriots, re-signs with Cowboys

Thursday, April 2, 2015

IRVING, Texas – Rolando McClain revived his career with a solid season in Dallas. Now the linebacker will return for at least one more year with the Cowboys. McClain, a former top 10 pick who flamed out after just three seasons in Oakland, signed a one-year contract yesterday, the team reported on its website. The one-year deal is worth $3 …

Free agent running back Stevan Ridley visiting Dolphins

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

DAVIE, Fla. – Free agent running back Stevan Ridley is visiting the Miami Dolphins, who are in the market for a backup to Lamar Miller. Ridley is recovering from ACL knee surgery and was limited to six games last year with the Patriots. His best season was in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Patriots took him in …

Patriots owner: Aaron Hernandez told me he was innocent

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft testified yesterday that his former star tight end Aaron Hernandez told him he was innocent when asked whether he was involved in a 2013 killing. Kraft was called by the prosecution in Hernandez’s murder trial over the June 17, 2013, slaying of Odin Lloyd, who was …

On Super Bowl Sunday, Tilton’s cinema becomes Smitty’s Stadium

Monday, February 2, 2015

Some football fans spend thousands on their home theater setups, with the biggest, newest screens and booming audio coming from every direction. Others, like hundreds in the Concord area did yesterday, just go to Smitty’s Cinema in Tilton. …

Tim Dahlberg column: Think you know the Super Bowl? Take the quiz

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – By now, even the most casual fan has learned that Marshawn Lynch is interesting only because he refuses to say anything. Richard Sherman? He talks all the time and provides far more insight to the Super …

Seahawks vs. Patriots: key matchups in Super Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Matchups for the Super Bowl today between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium: When the Seahawks (14-4) have the ball: If the Patriots can tame the Beast, they will have a big …

Seahawks repeat a scary prospect for NFL

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Here are some scary thoughts for the rest of the NFL: A win tonight will stamp the Seahawks as one of the best teams of the Super Bowl era. And, given Seattle’s makeup and philosophy, the …

Record defense is why Seattle will win second straight

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – The sideshow is over, which means Marshawn Lynch can go back to not talking and this realization can become obvious again: The Seattle Seahawks are still the best defensive team in football. And as we saw …

Patriots should edge Seahawks for fourth Super Bowl win

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Go ahead, pile on the Patriots. Declare the Bill Belichick-Tom Brady era over after they split their first four games this season. Call them cheaters when their footballs lose too much air. Predict the Legion of …

Monitor staff split on outcome of Super Bowl

Sunday, February 1, 2015

You’ll have to go back decades to find a Super Bowl predicted to be this close. Let alone one with this much riding on it. The game that will either return New England to glory and establish Bill …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Ground attacks could determine Super Bowl outcome

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday, at last. Time for deflated balls, Tom Brady sniffles and Marshawn Lynch mumbles to take a back seat. Time to focus on a game that deserves it. Okay, sorry, one last thing about the allegedly …

Super Bowl capsule

Sunday, February 1, 2015

NEW ENGLAND (14-4) vs. SEATTLE (14-4) 6:30 p.m., NBC OPENING LINE – Seahawks by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 10-8, Seattle 10-7-1 SERIES RECORD – Tied 8-8 LAST MEETING – Seahawks beat Patriots, 24-23, Oct. 14, 2012 LAST GAME – Patriots beat Colts, 45-7, for AFC …

Pats backup QB Garoppolo helps defense prepare for Wilson

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – A rookie who probably won’t play in the Super Bowl could help the New England Patriots win it. By the time the game starts tonight, Jimmy Garoppolo will have done his primary job of preparing the …

Tim Dahlberg column: Brady the greatest ever in Super Bowl? Not so fast

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained …

Former Patriots linebacker Seau among eight voted into Hall of Fame

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected yesterday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015, announced a day before the Super Bowl, also includes a pair …