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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 …

NFL says no conclusion yet on Pats’ deflated footballs

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The NFL said yesterday it has interviewed dozens of people and collected physical evidence but has no conclusions yet on how the New England Patriots used underinflated balls in their last game, offering no timetable …

Belichick prepares Patriots players with surprise quizzes

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Quick. Who are all the tight ends on the Buffalo Bills? In his first week with the Patriots in 2009, Rob Ninkovich was stumped when Bill Belichick surprised him with that question. “Afterward, he came …

What trick will Belichick pull from his hoodie sleeve next?

Friday, January 23, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick has long been a fan of trick plays. Some of them are even legal. But he won’t be alone in next week’s Super Bowl: Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll …

Brady, Belichick offer no explanation for deflated footballs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The two men most responsible for delivering wins for the New England Patriots both said yesterday they have no explanation for how footballs used to reach the Super Bowl were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch. Patriots …

Editorial: A bit deflated over possible Pats cheating

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Like ravenous fans staring at a pre-game Super Bowl buffet, NFL officials will have a whole lot to chew on ahead of the big game. In less than two weeks, the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will play on sports’ biggest stage. But the days that precede …

Roof open or closed for Super Bowl?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHOENIX – The Super Bowl location in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for league officials as they grapple with a question faced by many pro sports teams in an era of retractable roofs: whether to play the …

Some things to know as NFL investigates Patriots’ footballs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment – including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

Jim Litke column: How Pats ball boy became America’s Most Wanted

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The most wanted rule-breaker in America today is a New England Patriots ball boy. So whether you think “Deflategate” is a big deal or not, consider this: If the allegations are true, the fall guy won’t be the …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Ray Duckler: Is the Patriots controversy a lot of hot air? Coaches weigh in

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sean McDonnell, one of the most successful college football coaches in the country, a man respected for his integrity and honor, wants to know what all the fuss is about. Deflated balls? So? “Let me put it this way,” the University of New Hampshire football coach told me …

Patriots’ path to Super Bowl capped by another blowout

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Once Tom Brady gets their offense rolling, the New England Patriots are tough to stop. Some of the NFL’s top teams – Denver, Detroit, Cincinnati and Indianapolis – all lost to the AFC champions by at least 22 points. Now the Patriots are in the …

Tim O’Sullivan: Latest claims of Patriots’ cheating a lot of hot air

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

By now, most of us are used to it. We know that being a Patriots fan means vitriol, envy and accusations, even crazy deflated-ball accusations, will be headed our way. There’s a certain member of my family who …