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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson speaks at a news conference in Indianapolis. Grigson will go anywhere and do anything to find good football players. His global approach regularly takes Colts’ scouts to all around the world, and three seasons into his first gig as a general manager, Grigson is convinced this could be the future of the NFL. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Colts talked to league about footballs before AFC title game

Friday, February 20, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – General Manager Ryan Grigson said yesterday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped off. Previous reports have indicated Indy first became suspicious after Mike Adams picked off two of Tom Brady’s passes in November and …

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi to appear in Concord

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Former Pro Bowl linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who helped the New England Patriots win three Super Bowls before retiring in 2008, will appear in Concord on March 16 at 6 p.m. to raise money for the American Stroke Association. The location for the event, which will be hosted by local triathlete and fitness guru …

Super Bowl hero (but not MVP) Malcolm Butler gets new truck

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

NORWOOD, Mass. – Malcolm Butler intercepted the delivery of Tom Brady’s new truck. Brady earned the prize for winning the Super Bowl MVP for the third time. He led the Patriots to a 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in this year’s game. But New England didn’t clinch the win until Butler intercepted …

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 …

Belichick, Carroll coach Super Bowl from different angles

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – Put Bill Belichick behind a microphone and he’s C-SPAN – minus the information. Pete Carroll is more like a Lifetime movie. Or, as defensive lineman Michael Bennett puts it, “He has that Benjamin Button effect on …

Patriots not dwelling on last Super Bowl loss in Arizona

Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The road to perfection reached a dead end in the Arizona desert. Now the New England Patriots are back where a Super Bowl championship – and an unbeaten record – barely eluded them seven years …

Brady full practice participant despite cold, ankle problem

Thursday, January 29, 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. – Tom Brady participated fully in the New England Patriots first Super Bowl practice of the week after coming down with a cold. “I’ll be good,” he said before the workout yesterday at the Arizona Cardinals …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Gronkowski, Chancellor truly a super matchup

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Bowl Media Day is the place where the NFL flies its freak flag. Where professional football transforms into a wacky, larger-than-life, anything-goes circus. In other words, it’s the perfect place for Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots mountainous tight …

Deflated topic: air pressure in footballs

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s pre-emptive strike the previous night took the issue of air pressure in footballs on Super Bowl Media Day and, well, deflated it. Not only was the topic rarely raised in questioning of …

Belichick and The Beast talk but don’t say much at Media Day

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

PHOENIX – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch knew he had to talk. It didn’t mean he had to say anything. So, in essence, he didn’t. And now, onto our regularly scheduled Super Bowl Media Day, where the players …

Report: NFL targets locker room Patriots locker room attendant in deflation investigation

Monday, January 26, 2015

The New England Patriots’ ordeal involving the use of deflated footballs in their AFC championship game victory has seen another development. According to Fox Sports’s Jay Glazer, the NFL is targeting a Patriots attendant who took the footballs from the officials’ locker room and brought them to another …

Patriots owner makes strong defense of team

Monday, January 26, 2015

CHANDLER, Ariz. – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft demanded an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules regarding using under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game. In …

Patriots’ Browner gets a second chance at a Super Bowl ring

Monday, January 26, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Saying his team “followed the rules to the letter,” New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they …

Tim O’Sullivan column: It’s time to root for the bad boys of the NFL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The NFL may never find any illicit deflating proof, but it seems fairly apparent now: Something shady happened to those footballs last Sunday in Foxborough, despite Bill Belichick’s denials in yesterday’s bizarre and impromptu press conference. When the …