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Belmont senior Lousia Bergeron leaps up to spike the ball against Inter-Lakes during Monday's match at Belmont High School.  (Alan MacRae / For the Monitor)

Belichick, Brady praise rival Manning on touchdown record

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and star quarterback Tom Brady both paid tribute to rival Peyton Manning yesterday, a day after Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for career touchdown passes. “He’d probably be waiting a lot longer to pass that record if he hadn’t played against me so many times,” Belichick quipped to reporters during a conference call. “He certainly threw a lot of them against defenses that I had.” Manning threw four touchdown passes Sunday night against the 49ers to set a new NFL high mark of 510 touchdowns passing. “It’s a great record. It’s incredibly hard to do,” Brady …

Patriots take weekend off after three wins in 12 days

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Julian Edelman may spend tomorrow afternoon nibbling appetizers and watching NFL games. Chris Jones plans to see some college football today. After a busy 12 days in which they won three games, the New England Patriots deserve a break. So let them chow down while watching other players knock each …

Pats LB Mayo, RB Ridley placed on injured reserve

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots placed leading tackler Jerod Mayo and top rusher Stevan Ridley on injured reserve yesterday, ending their seasons. The moves were expected after both players damaged their right knees in last Sunday’s 37-22 victory at Buffalo. New England signed running back Jonas Gray and offensive lineman Chris …

Patriots opening-game win streak ends at 10

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Patriots had won on opening day the last 10 years until yesterday’s loss at Miami. 2014 Dolphins 33, Patriots 20 2013 Patriots 23, Bills 13 2012 Patriots 34, Titans 13 2011 Patriots 38, Dolphins 24 2010 Patriots 38, Bengals 24 2009 Patriots 25, Bills 24 2008 Patriots …

Capsule look at Patriots-Dolphins game

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NEW ENGLAND (14-4) at MIAMI (8-8) Today, 1 p.m., CBS OPENING LINE – Patriots by 5 RECORD VS. SPREAD – New England 8-8, Miami 9-7 SERIES RECORD – Dolphins lead 50-44 LAST MEETING – Dolphins beat Patriots 24-20, Dec. 15, 2013 AP PRO32 RANKING – Patriots No. 3, …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Pats are good – very good – but here a couple concerns

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Start making plans for the AFC championship game, Patriots fans. And while you’re at it, you might as well clear Feb. 1 on your calendar, because chances are good your team will be playing in Super Bowl XLIX …

Pats QB Tom Brady practices after one-day absence

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is practicing again with the New England Patriots and looking forward to playing in the season opener. The star quarterback returned to practice yesterday after a one-day absence that the team attributed to …

Patriots offensive line fills vacancy left by Mankins

Friday, September 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Logan Mankins is with Tampa Bay and there’s a question mark at the left guard position he held for nine years with New England. Josh Kline is listed as the starter for the Patriots after …

Tom Brady skips practice with calf injury

Friday, September 5, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady is nursing a calf injury that forced him to miss practice for New England’s opener Sunday at Miami. The Patriots announced the reason for the quarterback’s absence yesterday in their daily participation and injury report. He was the only player added to the …

New-look Dolphins offense remains a mystery

Thursday, September 4, 2014

DAVIE, Fla. – Miami wide receiver Mike Wallace let the world know the worst-kept secret about the revamped Dolphins offense: No one has really seen much of it yet. With that, it’s no wonder why Bill Belichick says …

Brady throwing to familiar receiving corps

Thursday, September 4, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – When Tom Brady played in last year’s opener, none of his top five pass catchers from the previous season were in uniform with him. When he starts this season on Sunday, the nine players with …

Belichick says he’ll make call on Gronk return

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

One day after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski pronounced himself ready to return, Bill Belichick reminded him it will be the coach’s decision. “With all due respect to Rob, I’m glad he feels the way he …

Gronkowski announces he’ll play in opener against Dolphins

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Star tight end Rob Gronkowski stood in front of his Gillette Stadium locker yesterday and announced he will be playing in the New England Patriots’ opener at Miami this Sunday. Meanwhile, the news hardly caught …

Patriots trade quarterback Mallet to Texans

Monday, September 1, 2014

Jimmy Garoppolo will be carrying a clipboard for Tom Brady on the New England Patriots’ sideline this season. The Patriots traded former Brady backup Ryan Mallett to the Houston Texans yesterday, elevating Garoppolo to the No. 2 job …

Boyce, Aiken among casualties of Patriots roster cuts

Sunday, August 31, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Second-year wide receiver Josh Boyce, who entered training camp favored to be New England’s No. 1 kick returner, and long snapper Danny Aiken were among those cut yesterday as the Patriots got to the 53-player limit. Boyce, who played in nine games, caught nine passes …