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President Barack Obama, flanked by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, left, and team owner Robert Kraft, holds a New England Patriots jersey while posing photo during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, where the president honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl XLIX victory. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama lauds Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots, cracks a few jokes along the way

Thursday, April 23, 2015

As much as the president, a loyal Chicago Bears fan, might prefer otherwise – even he can’t deny it: Washington, he’s realized, is New England Patriots country. “For some reason that I don’t fully understand, there is a disproportionate number of Patriots fans in the White House,” Obama said, kicking off a ceremony to honor the Super Bowl champions in …

Patriots’ Nate Solder had testicular cancer surgery last year

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder had surgery for testicular cancer last spring then went on to start every game, including the Super Bowl victory. Teammate Matthew Slater said yesterday he was aware of it and the way Solder “handled that last year was really admirable with so much …

Patriots secondary will have yet another new look

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Devin McCourty was asked if he was surprised Darrelle Revis left the New England Patriots to return to the New York Jets. “Who?” the Patriots’ free safety said with a laugh on Tuesday. “Revis?” Asked if he’s no longer allowed to mention the cornerback’s name because he’s no longer with the team, McCourty simply said, “We’re still friends.” The Super …

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 …

Tim Dahlberg column: Brady the greatest ever in Super Bowl? Not so fast

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – His teammates were mostly showered and gone, but Tom Brady was having trouble even bringing himself to move. He sat in front of his locker in Indianapolis, pulling on a pair of boots with a pained …

Former Patriots linebacker Seau among eight voted into Hall of Fame

Sunday, February 1, 2015

PHOENIX – Junior Seau, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley and Will Shields were elected yesterday to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The class of 2015, announced a day before the Super Bowl, also includes a pair …

Pot charge dropped against Patriots’ Blount near Pittsburgh

Saturday, January 31, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Prosecutors have dropped a marijuana charge against New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount that stemmed from an August arrest with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Le’Veon Bell. West View District Judge Richard Opiela told Blount at a court appearance last month that the misdemeanor marijuana possession …

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. …