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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Wes Horton (96) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Brady throws 2 INTs, 1 TD as Patriots beat Panthers, 17-16

Saturday, August 29, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At least for one series Tom Brady looked like Tom Brady again. The four-time Super Bowl champion overcame two early interceptions to lead his first touchdown drive of the preseason as the New England Patriots beat the Carolina Panthers, 17-16, on Friday night. New England’s first six possessions included four three-and-outs and two Brady interceptions, although one …

Patriots place extra importance on third preseason game

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick is looking for some major improvement from the New England Patriots as they head to Carolina for Friday night’s third preseason game. “We weren’t very good on either side of the ball, or in the kicking game,” the coach said Wednesday when talking about last week’s 26-24 victory …

Patriots trade draft pick to Lions for tackle Michael Williams

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The New England Patriots acquired tackle Michael Williams from the Detroit Lions for a draft pick on Wednesday. The Lions took Williams in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, but he has not played in an NFL game. Williams played tight end at Alabama, catching 51 passes in four seasons and even returning a handful of kickoffs. But …

Patriots sign cornerback Tarell Brown

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots signed free-agent cornerback Tarell Brown on Wednesday. Terms of the deal weren’t announced. The 30-year-old Brown spent last season with the Oakland Raiders after seven years with the San Francisco 49ers. Brown has made 61 starts in 114 career games with …

Brady fights on, files lawsuit to stop suspension

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady took the fight over his “Deflategate” suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying “I was wrong to …

Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Pats

Thursday, July 30, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would …

Brady’s future actions could lead to Patriots limbo

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

This isn’t over. Not by a long shot. Roger Goodell’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is not likely the end of the deflated footballs saga. Brady appears headed to court seeking to overturn the suspension, and …

Patriots fans defiant after ‘Deflategate’ ruling

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BOSTON – Patriots fans are steamed after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Tom Brady’s four-game suspension Tuesday. In bars across downtown Boston, denizens of Patriots Nation expressed surprise and anger at the ruling while still holding out hope their beloved quarterback would be vindicated – either in the …

Hall of Fame limits Seau’s daughter’s comments to video

Friday, July 24, 2015

Junior Seau’s daughter will be commenting only on a video when her late father enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8. Citing previous policies on posthumous inductions, the Hall is limiting Sydney Seau’s comments to a video presentation about the former linebacker who committed suicide …

As Brady awaits suspension ruling, his jersey is NFL’s top-seller

Friday, July 24, 2015

Tom Brady’s status for the start of the National Football League season remains in question. His popularity does not. Brady had the NFL’s top-selling merchandise in the financial quarter ended May 31, the NFL Players Association said Thursday in an emailed statement. It’s the first time in Brady’s …

Brady appeal deal unlikely as league source says support for 4-game ban is considerable

Friday, July 24, 2015

The chances that a negotiated settlement of Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game “DeflateGate” suspension will be completed between the NFL and the players’ union are viewed as small by some connected with the case, while there is …

remembering America’s heroes

Saturday, July 4, 2015

M any will remember the patriots who paved the way for America this Independence Day. …

Ex-Patriot Spikes pleads guilty, gets probation in hit-and-run

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WRENTHAM, Mass. – Former New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty and will serve a year of probation in a hit-and-run crash that injured three people. Spikes appeared Wednesday in Wrentham District Court, where he admitted to negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of …

Excusing Brady, evaluating league protocol the only fair option for Goodell

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Roger Goodell can restore a sense of loftiness to the NFL commissioner’s office with a simple expedited decision. He should lift the suspension on Tom Brady this week, and turn his disciplinary eye on the vague, sloppily enforced …

NFLPA goes after Patriots for punishing Butler over missed workout

Friday, June 26, 2015

NEW YORK – The NFL Players Association complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently. The Patriots are …