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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 the third round of the 2011 draft. …

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 …

Tim O’Sullivan: Even in the offseason, Patriots (and their rivals) are right in the spotlight

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offseason? What offseason? Sure, we know the NFL gets year-round coverage now, but the chatter and headlines swirling around the Patriots in the last month has taken the attention to another level. There’s been a tampering charge counter punch, rule changes pointing toward Foxborough, rivalries rekindled and seismic free agent moves. Here’s a …

Doug Baldwin headlines group of unheralded receivers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – Doug Baldwin led the Seattle Seahawks in catches and yards receiving. He ranked 42nd in the NFL in both categories. Forty-second. It’s no surprise that Hall of Famer and NFL Network’s Deion Sanders dissed Baldwin and the rest of Seattle’s receiving group. Few analysts give them …

Special teams could determine Super Bowl champion

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – While Russell Wilson was throwing interceptions in the NFC championship game, punter Jon Ryan kick-started Seattle’s rally with his arm. Could the Seahawks try another fake field goal against New England in the Super Bowl? “This …

Carroll says decision is Sherman’s if baby arrives early

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said yesterday it will be Richard Sherman’s decision whether to play in tomorrow’s Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple’s first child sooner than expected. Carroll …

NFL’s Goodell seeks to look past ‘tough year,’ to future

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league – and himself – as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. “As an …

Can the Seahawks defense do to Brady what it did to Manning?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PHOENIX – Last season’s Super Bowl ended with the debate raging about where the Seattle Seahawks’ defense ranked among the all-time greats, and with Peyton Manning taking offense to being asked whether his team’s performance had been embarrassing. …

Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

Friday, January 30, 2015

The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in tomorrow’s Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case …

Only Brady, Wilfork remain from Patriots’ last title team

Friday, January 30, 2015

PHOENIX – Vince Wilfork still remembers the joy of being showered with confetti on the field where the New England Patriots won their last NFL title. “It’s something that you really can’t put into words,” he said of …

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 …