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Former New England Patriots football player Aaron Hernandez listens as the guilty verdict is read during his murder trial, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. at Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Odin Lloyd in June 2013.  He faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.  (Dominick Reuter/Pool Photo via AP)

Ex-NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder, sentenced to life

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison yesterday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him. Hernandez, 25, who had been considered one of the top tight ends in professional football, …

Jets add RB Stevan Ridley in free agency

Thursday, April 9, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The New York Jets further bolstered their offense by adding running back Stevan Ridley yesterday. The former Patriot agreed to a one-year deal with the team. Ridley played in only six games last year before tearing his right ACL. “He’s excited for the opportunity and his rehab is going strong at this point,” said Andy Simms, Ridley’s agent. Ridley …

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 …

Patriots Super once again

Monday, February 2, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs. Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception. The record-setting Brady threw for four touchdowns, including …

Tim O'Sullivan: Tom still terrific as a dynasty is reborn

Monday, February 2, 2015

The Lombardi Trophy that Tom Brady held above his head in the confetti last night in Arizona was more than just a reward for staging the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and leading his team to a …

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 …